On the cover of her first solo album, Love means survival, Barbarian The woman in front Jehani Beth Appears as a work of art – a nude statue, weakly exposed yet rigidly olute. It’s a striking metaphor between fragile electro-ballads and art-punk salves, as Beth shifts away the power of oppression throughout her life, especially when it comes to sex and religion, to reach the most impeccable sculptural version of herself.
But the truth is, the Jehani Beth we hear now represents a mere manifestation of his art. There’s a movie visionary, a longtime partner / romantic partner Johnny is hostile– Exciting music videos can be seen with his music. There is an actor who has appeared in a handful of French films and an author who has recently published a collection of his first love short stories, Peace: Crime against the memory of love. And an experienced radio host who launched his own Paris-based TV show, Echoes, Where he talks to artists in stores Primitive howl, Portshead/Beak>Of Geoff Barrow, King Krul, And Nilufar Yania. As Beth explains to Spotify, these outward pursuits are more than just intelligent ways to keep oneself busy and expand her brand – they are educational experiences that have helped her broaden her musical outlook.
Spotify for Artists: This is a busy time for you despite the epidemic. What were your expectations this year?
Jehani Beth: I spent two to three years preparing for the publication of this book and this record and toured in my own name. Not exactly what I expected, but not everything seemed to stop. The record came out, the book came out, I started doing my TV show. The only thing we can’t do is get together, but we’ll do it as soon as possible. [The shutdown] In fact, it gives a different perspective on work. Indie rock music – if I could call it a horrible, horrible name! I don’t think spreading things is necessarily bad. If all goes well we can do a lot of publicity when the record is released in the fall. It makes things a little more in the long run.
There is a visual connection between your album cover and this Music Video, As well as photography of your book. Were these conceived as a project?
No, I’m always doing different things, and I collaborate a lot with different people. One of my main collaborators is Johnny Hostile, and he is an artist who likes to choose new mediums and try new things. I started writing the book because I was inspired by his photography. Some things can happen because you meet people. I was asked if I wanted to do a music TV show, I was thinking, I worked with people on ideas. I don’t do anything alone, and I never really stop, so they weren’t really thought of as a piece of work. I think of them as different outputs from the same person.
When you are hosting Echoes, What can you get by putting yourself in the role of interviewer?
I prefer to be an interviewer than an interviewer! I always learn something or other, because you are having a conversation and you are sharing information and experience. It’s something I always do naturally in my life. For example, if I meet different artists, I always want to have a conversation where I ask them about their work and how they make something my favorite, or how they start thinking about something new – the process of things is something I do. Very interested. I also read interview books. The art of interviewing is a subject that I take seriously, I like to read them and think they deserve to be published in books, not just magazines or websites. How I have always placed statues Henry Rollins Able to change jobs and still be Henry Rollins: an incredible writer and an incredible interviewer and TV host, a documentary presenter, a punk band singer, stand-up comedian. In 2020 artists are more prone to doing different works. Even within the mainstream, we see artists who are diverse – you see Rihanna Starting to fashion in a very serious way.
How have your own performances affected your relationship with music?
It has changed my relationship with contemporary music. Radio shows in particular – it has opened my ears and eyes to different cultures and I feel connected to my time in a way I have never felt before. It has enabled me to feel connected to mainstream music Kendrick Lamar And Beyonc So that I could not hear otherwise. It made me really happy. You know, when I was 10, I had my cassette tape with me Michael Jackson, But in my teens, it was all about indie rock and obscure music. It’s good to feel connected to something that is now coming out on a huge scale. It made me feel like I was 10 years old again!
– Stuart Berman