Dunewind is a London-based French composer, singer, pianist, and producer. He started songwriting after being influenced by pop music alternatives and progressive artists such as RadioHead, Everything Everything, Mew, James Blake, and Laura Mvula.
Dunewind is a classically trained and internationally performed composer. In 2020, he produced and released his first eponymous album, which included six songs written during his years of study in Scotland.
During the first French lockdown in 2020, he also released the track “Wildest River,” which was well received. His album “4th landing on the moon,” which was released in 2021, received support from various Spotify playlists (poolside FM) and was featured on NTS radio (Astral Garden by Nailah Hunter)
In a recent interview between Dunewind and Mister Styx of Musicarengh, we had an in-depth conversation on who Dunewind is.
Get the full interview below:
What is your stage name
Is there a story behind your stage name?
I come from a place in France on the west coast below Britanny, this small town “Les Sables d’Olonne” is by the sea and has a wild area of dunes where a powerful wind blows throughout the year, especially in autumn. Although sunny in summer the rest of the year can be sometimes super gloomy and stormy. Then the dunes seem to tell old stories to travelers walking by the shore. Dunewind
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
I trained as a classical pianist since I was 3 years old. Piano and music were essential elements of my youth. Growing up I listened to musicians such as Take 6, George benson, Jimmy Smith. I also listened to an awful lot of classical music, Stravinsky, Grieg, Rachmaninov and Ravel, Debussy too.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
My dad and my brother are jazz pianists, jazz is a very important part of our family life. It’s our culture. There was always music playing in the house and every year we’d play for concerts at school or at the Conservatoire.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
Having studied piano and classical music for almost 30 years it’s been clear to me that I would do something in the music industry at some point. The success of talented artists such as Laura Mvula or even my role model band Radiohead gave me huge energy to take on a path in pop music which meant at the time (2016) to start everything from scratch.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I learned to play the piano at the conservatoire, and studying the musical geniuses from Bach to Stravinsky and beyond gave me a solid background. As for the writing and singing, I pretty much did it myself, inspired by bands like Radiohead and Everything Everything.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
I think it was a french singer called Laurent Voulzy, I’m very fond of his music and his voice, crystal clear. Recently been diving back in his live album “Voulzy Tour” a real masterpiece.
How could you describe your music?
Urgh….the hard part. I don’t know. I don’t think I write in a certain style of music. But I find it helpful to label it as Pop, it’s so vague and generalist. It’s easy to make everything fit in it.
It’s probably me trying to find a balance between something listenable and psychedelic at the same time. I also love strong melodies, as much as I’m not the best for arranging, I’m good at finding riffs.
Describe your creative process.
I write alone. Always. I record quickly on the piano, first the grid, the chord sequence, and the different instrumental parts, then I hum along in the mic with a lot of reverb, usually quickly finding the melodies for verse and chorus then I spend hours trying to find good words on it. And after that, the arrangement with synths takes pretty much a whole night or three. The mixing then and release date 1 – 2 months later
What is your main inspiration?
My hometown. The Atlantic Ocean, the beach, the wild seaside, stormy weather, the smell of the dune. It’s a specific cocktail of sensations that I only find over there.
What musician do you admire most and why?
I’m very volatile in terms of musical taste and it’s quite rare I’ll listen to the same artist for more than 4-5 months, however over the last 15 years I’ve been completely blown away by the work of Tigran Hamasyan, his compositions and piano playing are just unearthly! It’s a real humbling experience to hear him play.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your
It’s hard to consider writing in only one esthetic, I’d say my “style” evolves with every song I write. I always try to get better with every release.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
No competition. Not in music. Unfortunately, we’re being kind of put in this competition mindset against our will because of the industry. Its Intrinseque capitalism forces musicians to put themselves in a competitive posture through numbers of followers, streams, ticket sales. But you can’t. But it’s not a sport, and an award will never make a musician better than another. So no competition and no competitor.
What are your interests outside of music?
I love to read, and cycle. Traveling the country with two legs and two wheels is healing. There’s almost a sacrificial aspect to bike traveling. The excruciating pain in my butt only matches the satisfaction of having completed a full 50 miles ride.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
I’m also a music teacher and I love this job. Teaching a kid is like learning how to play again. I love following the students learning patterns, I find it very helpful for my own practice. I also probably would have loved a career in politics.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
The uncertainty. Nothing is acquired. There are also very few people you can really trust and rely on. Nobody will help you out of goodwill. What they might call an opportunity is actually them exploiting your talent. One has to accept this situation at the start. I wish it was more structured, with a clearer circuit towards getting gigs, promotion, management, etc…
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
I’d dismantle Spotify Amazon and Apple music services.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I’ve got enough material for a full 1h45min set, and a full band ready to start the rehearsals. I’m going to try and get as many gigs as possible and get my music out there.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?
Nope. I’m a solo kinda guy, I love other people’s music, I just work better on my own.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Mum please come and get me I’m just outside Tesco.