“Everything in my music is linked to me”


You play at the first evening of the first edition of Transe Atlantique…

You play at the first evening of the first edition of Transe Atlantique. Does this meeting have special meaning for you?

I met the organizer, Raphaëlle Chovin, for a KMA session concert, which she was responsible for producing. She told me that one of my songs, “Ode aux envies”, had been important to her, it touched me. A link has been created. When she took charge of this event, she asked me to come. I am honored and happy. A first edition is always a baptism.

What relationship do you have with Quebec?

It’s always a dream to play there. Culturally, it’s not exactly the same thing. It’s super interesting to meet. It made me want to stay two days, to attend other concerts, to see these musicians, to talk. I like the idea of ​​bridges. There, that might be the case.

You are juggling between a group formula and a solo concert, what will it be like in Saintes?

Since the release of “Souffle”, I only play with the band. It was schizophrenic to happen on your own. There, we continue to cement our concert.

Sometimes soft, sometimes rock, isn’t your music “bipolar”, like your song of the same name?

I’m not sure it is that much. It’s rather that she is in my image, both gentle and energetic. For the high side, I’m a big fan of Radiohead, the psychedelic wave of the 60s, Beatles melodies. And I also like the energetic dimension of rock.

Joseph Chédid has released a four-track EP, expecting a new album for 2023.


Joseph Chédid has released a four-track EP, expecting a new album for 2023.

Sarah Mangeret

“I am honored and happy. A first edition is always a baptism. »

To what extent is it an asset and a handicap to be called Chedid?

It’s an asset, a personal richness, because I grew up in that family, which transmitted to me notions of freedom. It was possible to make music. I didn’t have to wonder if it’s a job or not. There is also learning by looking, by listening, the joyful side of sharing a passion. Disability is more at the external level, in the eyes of others. People need benchmarks, they compare. You have to know how to be deeply rooted and do this for basic reasons. When I was building my identity, I suffered a lot. Now I’m 36, I’ve come a long way with that, it’s no longer a concern. I am calm.

Didn’t the tour for four, as a family, contribute to establishing each person’s identity?

I hadn’t thought about that stuff. The most important thing for me, what I felt right away, was that we had to live this experience, that it was going to be a great memory of our lives. But it’s true that by living it, by being side by side, it defined us better than ever. It was a foundational tour. It gave us all a respective key to go further in our personalities, to clarify basic things. It was during this tour that I chose to play under my own name, and to abandon that of Sélim.

You have songs called “Guérir”, “Lumière”, your last two albums are called “Source”, “Souffle”. Do you like keywords…

My first album is called “Maison Rock”. We were already on this nuance. « Source », « Breath », « Light » is a therapeutic, initiatory approach. There is an extremely intimate dimension, before talking about a job. I’ve made my way, my healing from all of these things, from living in a time that’s confusing and scary. There is this notion of hope, of energy. Yes, we are capable, we have the resources within us to transform ourselves. Everything in my music is related to me.

Your latest album, “Souffle”, only has four titles. You release it in three times, as for the previous one, “Source”?

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