Maëla Raoult is a newcomer to the music scene as both a lyricist and composer. She is a Brest native and has degrees from the Brest, Paris, and Brussels Conservatories of Music.
She is an avid chamber musician who has performed in a variety of ensembles at several festivals and events, including Origami, Courant d’air (Brussels), Préludes à l’orchestre de Paris (Salle Pleyel), and Les Harmonies (Billiers).
She is heavily involved in the contemporary repertory, having contributed to the composition of works such as Sina Fallazadeh’s Toccatina, Michel Lysight’s Heptagramme, Alex Nante’s Umbrales, and Suzanne Giraud’s D’un Vanneur de Blé aux Vents.
She has the opportunity to work with the Paris Philharmony, Paris City Hall, and the Conservatories of Houilles, Argenteuil, Taverny, and St Leu La Forêt as a clarinet and chamber music instructor and conductor.
So much skill in one person! She talks about her music career and new album “Minstrels” in great detail.
What is your real name?
My real name is Maëla Raoult.
What’s your official Showbiz name?
I like to use Maëla or Maelaclar on my Instagram and YouTube channel.
How did you get into music?
I had health problems when I was a child (rheumatisms) and couldn’t do sport very often. So my mother proposed I play an instrument. I started in the town I was born: Saint Renan in Brittany. Music was also important for my godfather.
He was a renowned English teacher in Brest. He arrived in France after theological studies and his mother was a famous singer in Northern Ireland. Then I went to the conservatory in Brest. Music was a passion for me. I had the chance to begin to play in professional orchestras with my teachers at 14.
I was good at school but the passion for people, the desire to discover new music styles, and new cities were bigger. I was good at my instrument and I wanted to play in a classical orchestra as a professional.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
My musical background is first of all classical music. I studied in Brest, Paris and Bruxelles. My two specialities are chamber music and contemporary music.
I like to decipher the chamber music repertoire and find an interpretation in line with history, with the composer’s will, linked to the present society. My second speciality is contemporary music.
My job is to play, highlight and create today’s composers’ music. I also studied jazz and improvisation. I can play and improvise in every style of music.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
I started to play as a clarinet soloist in symphonic orchestras at 14 in Brest. It was with the Ensemble Entre Sable et Ciel.
Then I had the chance to integrate the Ostinato orchestra and play symphonies and operas with great soloists, and internationally renowned conductors in every concert hall in Paris and the region.
My favourite repertoire was chamber music. I had many duos and trios and played with friends at multiple festivals in Paris and Bruxelles.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I like to create music. I have many composers friends and like to play and create their music. I’m still looking for new experiences, new styles, new streams, and new projects including living composers.
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
My two models are Chick Corea and Claudio Abaddo. First of all for their sincerity and integrity in music. There are few people who have delivered expression and interpretation at this level. My two other special artists are my previous chamber music teacher and now Wynton Marsalis.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
I’m looking for concerts and new projects. I’d like to travel and meet new musicians, new cities, and new composers in all styles of music.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
The only difficulty I found in music is to be a woman. It’s always very complicated to be respected for your skills, your competencies and your knowledge when you are a woman.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The Internet saved my life. It’s an unlimited way to express yourself pragmatically.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Staying human. Never stop learning from each person you will meet. Believe in positivity and benevolence.
What is your current project about?
My next album Reflections will be released on the 3rd of June. It’s about contemporary music.
What are your hobbies?
I do yoga and swimming quite every day. It keeps me in good health and helps me maintain good technical skills on my instrument.
What do you do aside from this profession?
I do photography in my free time and I go sailing with my father and brother in the summer. I crossed the channel many times.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Be human, express yourself, respect yourself, your knowledge and your entourage, take care of your health… Never stop dreaming.