Aline is probably one of the most fascinating artists in recent years. Classically trained as singer and actor, her life reads like an open adventure book, where nothing is impossible. Her recent music video “SuperFreak”, whose music was produced by Grammy award winner Scott Jacoby, got hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube, and won an award for best music video at a German film festival. She has an enormous fan base around the world, giving them a message of self-acceptance and free-expression. Scott Jacoby, who also produced John Legend, Pink, Vanessa Hudgens and Vampire Weekend, says: “Aline is a fearless, real artist, who has just the right amount of pop”.
Hi Aline! How did you start making music?
Aline: I was always that kid who would climb on tables and start singing and dancing to get attention and entertain people. When I was 5, Belgian singer Claude Barzotti noticed me and asked my parents if I could be in his show. As I was very young, they declined the offer. But then everywhere I would start singing people would always compliment me, so the though of becoming a professional singer grew in me. I was a big fan of French singer Edith Piaf and would sing her songs all the time. At age 13, I got a guitar, so I started playing it and wrote my first songs. I was kind of a rebel teenager, and I performed in several rock bands, in Belgium and France. Then I started studying classical music and went to the Conservatoire Royal of Mons, in Belgium, where I studied piano, classical voice, composition, orchestration, and super nerdy things like how to write 16th century counterpoint, lol. I naturally ended up singing in several operas. The most fun one I sang was “The Tales of Hoffmann”, where I was the mechanic doll Olympia. After I moved to NYC, I decided I wanted to have a more pop approach to music, to reach more people.
You have a very multi-faceted performer…. How do you manage to do it all ?
Aline: I try not to think too much! Which is very hard, but I’m working on it every day. Just follow my heart and intuition. Be spontaneous, like a kid. Find fun in everything. Make every moment count. I’m naturally very curious and hungry for knowledge. Once I’m tired of something, I go to something else, like a kid playing. I try to give the best I can in everything I do. Staying in the flow while keeping the main goals in mind. Try not to force things because if you really want something, it’s already happening. All you have to do is be in the right energy to receive what you want, and trust the timing. Also making links between everything. And seeking the best mentors you can have to go further. Not fall into pre-made boxes, but make your own connections. Trust that your process is the one that works for you, even if it seems like you’re the only one with that process. What works for someone else may not be right for you. And actually, there may be many more like you! Everything is in being clear on what your desires are, and talking them out loud, to yourself and to anyone you encounter. Because you never know who you’ll meet that can help or that has the same kind of desires.
What is your new song “Nothing to lose” about?
Aline: It’s about giving it all. Living your life to the fullest at any moment. Believing in yourself even if everyone says you can’t do it. It’s a self-motivating song. If you know you can do it, then what you want is already happening! You’re the only one who sees the big picture and who knows what’s best for you. Make the most of everything you have. Use your best assets to get to where you want to be. Look at the great things in you. Wake up every morning hungry for life and fight for what you want.
Any upcoming projects?
Aline: I shot several independent movies this year as an actress. One is called “The Conduits”, where I’m a villain who pursues a group of people for something precious that they have and that I want, and don’t hesitate to kill who’s blocking me. Another one is called “Les Feux Rouges”, where I’m a French femme fatale who tricks rich guys with her charms to get into their home and then threatens them with a gun and steals their expensive paintings. I also did an art movie as a dancer called “Salt Water” with a contemporary dance company, Abanar Inc.
What is your craziest dream?
Aline: I want to go to space and do a zero-gravity dance-art video!
Anybody you would want to work with?
Aline: Quentin Tarantino. Justin Timberlake. Muse. David Lachapelle. Patricia Petibon.
If you were an animal, what would you be?
Aline: A panda. They’re just so cute! Or a goat, they’re really fun!
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview!
Aline: Thank you so much for having me!