Interview – Christophe Willem with an open heart: ‘Bad reputation isolates too much’

Christopher Willem Make a great comeback before summer with the tube Note: I love you. The title written by Solomon has found a place on the airwaves and in the playlists of thousands of people, so much so that his album panorama She offered herself a successful entry into the top 10. Five years after the commercial failure of her former author RioAnd the The singer communicates with his fans With pop sounds with highly personalized lyrics. Three months before the start of his new tour, Christoph Willem answers our questions with the honesty with which he is known.

Gala.fr: this album, panorama, is more intimate in the lyrics, while the music is more well-known, and more accessible. Is this one of your paradoxes?
Christopher Willem
: yes ! Not necessarily more intimate, but more money. There, there is a very direct aspect, because I wanted to hear the person singing, not the singer. And I wanted us to be low key on the album key so we could listen more when I sing. But I did very intimate songs before, so that we did not give much importance to the text, but to the melody. This album is very much in line with who I am in life.

Gala: Note: I love you It is the first successful song. People would love to find you in this critical and dancing title.
Christopher Willem
: This is the power of Solomon who wrote the title. It’s light with the music, but not with the script that asks why the audience doesn’t like me anymore. It was Solomon who triggered this desire to be direct. Since I got back from vacation, I hear the song everywhere and it’s totally unexpected after my previous album failed (Rio, note). When we decided to go Note: I love youwe had a little ball in our stomach, and there, we are very happy.

Gala: I will not fall Is it the new song can you tell us about it?
Christopher Willem
: I will not fall It’s to me one of the album’s founding titles, announces the new tune, and gives me a way to hear more cash. It’s a song about resilience, and the album is an ode to resilience. I will not fall It’s a way of saying that we’re up and moving forward, that we’ve been up against that for a long time and that we just don’t lower our heads anymore.

Gala.fr: So flexibility is the common denominator. Is album therapy?
Christopher Willem
: The album was really the end point of a five-year cure. I’ve always had a problem with my photo. I’m tall and skinny and sometimes I don’t think I’m skinny at all. We will never get that transcendental image that we wish to be, and therefore we must learn to love ourselves.

Gala.fr: The album seems to have a real track. It begins with pain and ends with release.
Christopher Willem
: This is already the case. There is a listing in the address list. At first, it’s the reopening, I’m representing myself and redefining myself again, then the fact of screaming what’s in our hearts, and eventually, progress, the fact of not wanting to go around in circles and lose the audience. Just in time for usFor example, I want to tell the audience that we resumed working together there and were able to stop together. and after end of thingsThis means that I do not want the exchange with the audience and the familiarity to stop.

‘Bad reputation isolates too much’

Gala.fr: And visually, your story is also told. There are nine pictures on the back of the vinyl. From the beginning of psychoanalysis while you are sitting, to the last picture in which you are no longer present, which indicates liberation.
Christopher Willem
: That’s right! You are the first to really describe to me what I mean by these pictures. (laughs) I put boxing gloves on, and there are also balloons that are lightness items but are nonetheless synthetic because they can explode at any moment.

Gala: isolation It’s a great and meaningful song on your album.
Christopher Willem
: I think it’s good to have a title that talks about this topic. Solitude is chosen first and then tolerated. This title was born out of a discussion about school bullying that makes loneliness become a ghost, your best friend. You wouldn’t ring your parents’ doorbell and say “they called me big camp at school”, of course not. Already, you live with shyness, and you don’t even understand why I’m telling you that because you didn’t have any sexual activity in your life at the time, so you lock yourself up in very violent isolation. And we must also say that notoriety is very isolated. It took me a long time to like being alone.

Gala.fr: Is it possible to be famous and have friends?
Christopher Willem
: I have the same friends as before. I have five close people who have known me before, during and after. I have friends like Amal Bint. I’m very close to her, and she’s been through what I’ve been through, too. She was present, she was there to support me, to motivate me. She told me not to let myself down, and that I had an audience waiting for me. She was by my side so much

Gala.fr: And there’s Jennifer, with whom you are also very close!
Christopher Willem
: completely ! Now she no longer lives near me, but I often use her on the phone.

Gala.fr: This album, you’re going to take on a tour through France!
Christopher Willem
: Yes, and I look forward to sharing it with the public and publicly. There are songs that get powerful when sung in public, like ghosts. There, we’re working on the visual, and we want it to not look like musical theater.

Gala.fr: This album will be able to help people. I think about the song Neither a queen nor a king.
Christopher Willem
: Honestly. I advance Moreover. It’s about resilience, the way I fought because I didn’t want to define myself, because that would be reductive, and not represent reality. And when you grew up from the age of 11-16 with people constantly insulting you and introducing you in an inaccurate way, it’s very violent after you become known when people give you a label like that. they tell youYou say you don’t care whether you’re a girl or a boy because you don’t dare say you’re gayNo, but hey, I feel like telling people I don’t have a problem saying I’m gay, if it totally represents my reality, it’s not entirely accurate. It’s not the clearest definition. I salute those younger generations who want to come out of this dichotomy. Bi, gay or straight that totally boils down to people’s sexuality. You can be bisexual, savage sex… It’s important that we talk about it and that people hear it.

“My parents were a little shocked listening to them panorama

Gala.fr: How did your family react when listening to the album?
Christopher Willem
: My parents were a little shocked, especially since I was confined to their house. That was after a failure Rio. So they saw when I was frustrated with the album failure, and there they listen to the album panorama Where I say it all, it’s more like therapy. Talking about my weakness made me stronger. So for my dad, this was a huge transformation. They were surprised, and at the same time, they were proud to tell themselves that I was able to talk about profound things so easily. I learned that life was not a long, calm river, but the main thing is to move forward, have a little self-respect and not lie to yourself. I want this album to be useful to the people who are going to listen to it.

Gala.fr: Did the album allow you to defeat the ghosts of the past?
Christopher Willem
: I never spoke in detail about what I experienced when I was in school, when I was younger; I also suffered from failure Rio… I had to have my surgery to continue. Even when you think you’re strong, it’s very important to go and tackle a few things so you don’t get stuck in your head after a few years.

© dAlbum “Panorama” by Christophe Willem

Gala.fr: Record sales are down, broadcasting is a must. Sliders have evolved in the world of music. What is your position on these changes?
Christopher Willem
: Everything has changed, that’s right, and I was the first to notice that I no longer buy records. Sometimes it’s vinyl to back up articles, but I listen to music on streaming platforms. Today, I think the album is a gateway into the artist’s world and tour. As a result, we put album sales into perspective, especially with booms. Someone told me not so long ago that I’ve never done as many streams as I do today, and that’s new to me. And it’s nice to see that artists of my generation can take a flowing turn.

Gala.fr: As a person, how do you deal with articles about your private life, “He had surgery” …
Christopher Willem
: Before, I ran into a problem. Today, this leaves me indifferent. The articles about surgery make me laugh because it comes from an interview where I was asked if I had problems with my image. I replied that I had a hair transplant and my ENT had surgery on the nasal septum because I had frequent infections, and he offered to correct my nose right away. I said that, and the next day, a man who explained he was a surgeon told me about operations I hadn’t had. So no, I don’t redraw my chin (laughs). Then after all, I tell myself that if people are going to go for articles about me, it’s because I’m selling. Today, I have some perspective on all of that and no longer rely on people’s eyes to like me.

Image credits: © PIERRE & FLORENT

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