Rising alt-pop gem GEISTE has been busy making for a name for herself throughout 2020, having signed with Liverpool label newcomers Snide Records and landed herself a (postponed) slot at Sound City, it’s safe to say she’s on the rise.
Her ethereal and atmospheric take on pop is nothing short of breathtaking; delicate-yet-dark while providing a familiar sense of warmth, both October’s Alibi and the new cut, Tide see GEISTE slot in gracefully amongst the likes of Circe, Let’s Eat Grandma and FKA Twigs.
Captivated by her intriguing musical world, we got to know the French future star over a Q&A.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been making music for?
Hi, I am GEISTE. I write music mostly. I started playing violin when I was 7 years old and writing my own songs around that time too.
At what point in your life did you decide to make a career out of your music, and what influenced that decision?
I released my debut single OCEAN last year in June. I guess seeing the support after its release is what triggered it. Seeing amazing people get along with the project and helping me with the process was the main influence.
What is the main source of influence for your songwriting?
I write stories a lot. Those stories influence the song that I write because each EP or body of work has its own story and I link them all together. Usually all the songs in my EPs help carry this story. There is a lot of fantasy in those stories but they are mostly inspired by my own path and are chapters that I need to get through in my daily life too. It helps me a lot to deal with emotions to add a whole universe to them.
What is something you’ve learned about yourself through making music?
I have learned to retreat more and take the time I need to complete a project. Last year I would be hyper anxious about not being productive enough - I put so much pressure on myself about writing a certain amount of songs per week and it would give me so much anxiety and depression episodes. Songs would be there but not that great. Now I take the time I need to write and build something that makes sense without rushing on anything.
I also learned that I am pretty tough too and that whatever people say, my voice is the one that matters in the creation of my work. I was doubtful of myself before and full of fear. Not as much anymore.
What is something you wish you’d known when you first got into the music industry?
People are going to try to take away your fire by making you think that you are not enough. Use this to empower yourself instead.
Who are some of your favourite upcoming artists from the city you live in?
Febueder are making music sound like magic. Imogen Mahdavi, Kin Leon.
What would your dream tour & rider look like?
I have never been on tour so I don’t know what to expect. I cannot wait to play shows again and hopefully soon it will happen! I would love to play in France and in my hometown as well as experience playing festivals. A hidden stage in the woods.
If your music was to soundtrack any film or TV show, which would you choose?
I could not choose! A very epic -female lead - fantasy movie would be awesome. Or anything by Tim Burton or Guillermo del Toro. For this chapter maybe a teen drama - Euphoria-like.
What’s the bucket list goal for you as an artist?
There are so many: Go on tour with Woodkid, play a festival, have my first headline tour, have an avatar that appears in places instead of me, spend thousands of hours in the studio to make music because I have so much fun there, release a book with all the stories… I could keep going for ages.