Interview: Elena Savlokhova
Photo: Letizia Guel
Aime Simone is a French singer, songwriter, and music artist.
Listen to the new LP 'Say Yes, Say No' here.
What’s it like to be you?
It’s an adventure, a quest for Art and Truth.
Why do you think that music is such a vital element to (y)our existence?
I think making music brings motion to the plot of my life. It allows me to evolve constantly as a human being as well as an artist. But most of all music heals me and makes the world a better place.
Was there ever a moment when you were fed up with music?
How would you describe the thrill and experience of performing in front of a crowd?
For me, it’s pure bliss, where adrenaline meets peace of mind.
The name of your new LP ‘Say Yes, Say No’ takes roots from a notion that life is about polarities. What role does balance play in this equation? Do you think that one should seek a middle ground or fully give in to the opposites?
In my opinion, I prefer to live through extremes, because I ‘feel’ more and learn more than aiming for the middle ground. The medium ground comes to me as stagnation, a grey state where fear of doing certain things (or too much of it) starts to breed anxieties about certain aspects of life and anxiety ultimately breeds depression. So
I think you should throw yourself into life, take it all in, experience it fully, and see if you survive it. Spoiler alert: you will.
You’ve just released a documentary detailing your battle with anxiety, eating disorders, and your journey in seeking a healthy relationship with yourself. Did it take a lot of courage to be so honest about your painful experiences and sharing it all with the public?
Yeah. It was hard to open up. But the footages where all there, so it happened quite naturally. And somehow, there’s a strength in being openly vulnerable. [ed. note – you watch the documentary here]
What is beauty to you and how do you integrate it into your work?
I don’t like beauty. I prefer ugliness. But I think I am sensitive to the idea of a decadent elegance, a form of neo-romanticism. This taste infiltrates my art somewhere but I don’t really think about it, I just do it with love and it happens.
Who is or was your biggest teacher in life and what did you learn from him or her?
I think it’s my grandfather. He taught me about fearlessness and freedom – a certain flow state and open energy.
What did you learn from your baby daughter?
To be efficient when I work.
What fascinates you the most right now? What are you curious about at the moment?
Countryside life. How does it work? How do you live without venues, galleries, clubs, people, and supermarkets?
What book would you recommend why?
Odyssey by Homer. To learn and understand patience when life turns sour.
What is the enemy of creativity and how do you normally reinforce your art when it’s stale?
The enemy of creativity is Netflix. I reinforce it by throwing myself in new situations and documenting it with melodies, rhythms, and rhymes.
How would you like your art to echo in the culture?
I just want to create a fantasy, a safe place for people to rest from the struggle of daily life. I have no expectations. I am thinking of what I do as the start of a movement that is already getting bigger and stronger. I‘d like to bring out a message of love and forgiveness. Something healing, a new sound.
What question would you like to be asked in an interview and what would you answer?
Something like: ‘Are you someone that believes in true love? Why?‘
…”If you’ve lost your faith in love and music
Oh the end won’t be long.“