We’re as quick to toss side-eyes at a model-cum-acctress trying her hand at this whole music thing as anyone, particularly one with a famous pedigree (daughter of Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg’s step sister), but it only took a listen to Lou Doillon’s Chrissie Hynde-by-way-of-Joni Mitchell “Devil or Angel” to get us to drop the defenses. Come on in, Lou, we’re sorry we doubted you. The song is from her Places album, out this month on Verve. We asked Doillon to explain her jump into music over the email machine.
Reading some things you’ve said about the album, you’ve said you had every reason not to go into music. What do you mean by that?
I didn’t want to enter the music world, because of my family, or my «celebrity». I have many a musician friend who are so talented, and don’t manage to get a record deal, that I didn’t want to end up like a majority of actress’ doing an album just because they can. And the French are very judgemental on people who do many things, on ‘daughter’s of’ etc., so the last thing I wanted to do was to do an album for the wrong reasons. I took me some time to realize that in fact I needed to sing my songs, and that was a good enough reason. 🙂
You talk about taking a masculine approach in the songs on the album. What does that mean to you?
That it takes some «balls» to say the (your) truth. To say things not to please or to seduce but to say it as it is. 😉
Do you feel like it’s harder to be taken seriously as a musician once you’ve already established yourself in another career?
Yes and no, because I don’t really care what people think on why or how you did something. Or you like the result, it moves you, or it doesn’t and that’s fine. There is room for every one, and you will always be judged. As long as you’ve been honest in your process, that you never cheated, that you try as hard as you can, and that you don’t hurt anyone, you can sleep at night, and the rest doesn’t matter.
What are the biggest difference and similarities between music and modeling or acting that you’ve been surprised by?
There is something so strong when you do live performance that it tops all the rest. Having done theater for a couple of years, I realized that there is something scary and sacred for the audiance, that doesn’t allow you, or them to let go completely. Music on the other hand… People come to hear me sing, but they can have a drink, a snog, a talk, there is no pressure. And if they want to let go, they can! I just love it !