JAIN, POP PRINCESS WORLDWIDE PRINCESS
Brand new face of the French pop scene, she imposes herself with her very own style, mix of her musical erudition and her travels around the world. Zadig make the presentations, during a family photo session.
She arrived at the beginning of the summer as a canon bullet with her single “Come”. At only 24 years old, Jain is the new hope of a Made in France pop but outgoes boarders and she sees colorful and big- from Africa to Middle-East, from Earth to the sky. Missing link between Lily Allen, Salif Keita and the Brits from Blur, Jeanne (her real name) embodies alone a gender mix who fears nobody. Her musical education was made as a teenager throughout the travels of her expatriate parents and the company of her sisters. Her first album is coming out (Zanaka)* nourished both by her Malagasy roots and the bedhead books of her elder sisters Léa and Ninon. Jain’s universe is in total expansion. With her street style baskets and her high school dress that she never takes off, we bet on her for an international career… She might be knee high to a grasshopper she’s already a giant.
Jain, a free woman?
I hope so! Musically, I constructed myself at the same time that I was following my parents in their travels. I started playing the drums, then Arabic percussions in Dubai but it’s in Congo where I lived that my artistic project took form. I was 16. I wrote my first songs at this time, but I wanted to wait: I wanted to be sure of what I was doing, of what I will be presenting to the public.
Your music: hybrid or half-blooded?
Hybrid! I do “melting pop”, a pop mixed with hip hop, folk and soul. The ‘half-blooded’ term is a little reducing as far as I am concerned. I am part of a generation of musicians that don’t want to wear a tag and try to go further.
Jain, an orchestra woman?
I see my music as a sort of DIY. I play a little guitar, a little bass – I don’t consider myself as a musician.
Are you different on stage than you are in real life?
No, Jain is an exacerbation of what I am – like a close-up. When I put on my home made black and white dress, it is to better reveal a side of me. I choose the very graphic black and white, because this absolute contrast sums me up. To accompany my music, which is colored, I wanted something more austere.
Who are your musical ‘role models’?
Radiohead, Gorillaz, Daft Punk, because they all constantly managed to reinvent themselves, but also the African singer Miriam Makeba… I love artists that make thing changed, that push limits so far that they turn everything upside down.
Why did you choose a solo career?
When I started on stage, I didn’t have enough time to rehearse with a band. But it was also something that I wanted: I accompany myself with machines to make my shows alive, I try to assume what I am doing alone.
Your most striking memory, aesthetically speaking?
Gondissa, a painter that I discover in Congo. He draws abstract and naive African landscapes. He is someone that marked my “DIY” side: he also creates canvas and frames for his future paintings.
Where do your grigris come from?
I bought some of them during my travels, and some others are presents. I wear my Malagasy grand-father’s bracelet, the Afghan ring of my French grand-mother and another ring that I bought in Senegal. I can’t take it off!
What are your relation with groups, tribes?
They are my roots. For a long time I was wondering where they were, geographically speaking, until I found out that it was my family and friends: no matter where I live, they are home.
Do your sisters have an influence on your music?
Yes, it is thanks to them that I became what I am and vice versa. We raised ourselves together; between us, there is like a mirror effect. Ninon and Léa influenced me a lot with the music they were listening when I was a child. I still submit them everything that I write: their opinion is capital to me… Having sisters is everything. Mine are protectives, caring, but they also are my best buds.
Jain is touring in France. She will be on stage in Paris at La Maroquinerie on the 14th December.
* Zanaka (Sony) already available.