I have a very special talent to share with you today. Her name is Manou, and she makes blissful, creative pop music. But here is the shocker... She's only 16 years old!
Manou has had plenty of great comparisons thrown at her. The most common of which seems to be "Lykke Li meets TLC", which is an fairly accurate comparison, but I do disagree. Whilst there are certainly elements of Lykke Li's songcraft, and TLC's vocals/production, Manou makes music that sounds like nothing I've ever heard before. In a good way of course. Manou has a new single, "Sadie", and it's bloody brilliant! She was kind enough to talk to us about the new single and her career this far, so let's see what she has to say...
Hey Manou, thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at Popshade! Why don't you start by telling us a bit about who you are and what you do?
My Pleasure. As you know already I am 16 years old, thus still go to school and currently do my IB, which is also the reason why I have not that much spare time. However I am also a very passionate artist regarding Art and love to paint, similar to off course singing and playing the piano.
You're sound is so developed for such a young age. How long have you been making music?
I just posted my first track ‘Sadie’ on soundcloud, which is the result of working with my manager and producer P*NUT since two years. I started working in a professional studio at the age of 14.
I started taking piano lessons when I was five years old My mum said that I could sing before I was even able to speak. Now at the age of 16 I still get very excited before gigs and when I saw the reaction my song triggered on the Internet, I sometimes cant believe what’s going on. I mean, going to school and trying to make a record is pretty crazy, but cool.
Or maybe it’s just down to my great-grandparents, who were musicians too; it’s in my genes!
We love your new single "Sadie", but can you explain the concept behind the song?
Its actually about a friend of mine, of course her name is not Sadie, but her persona is totally based on her.
She was going on every night trying to get with the right guy, but was totally desperate and not being her lovely self. I was trying to tell her that she deserves more but on the other hand that she cannot force love. Love finds you.
Can we expect an album from you soon?
Well, we have a Video coming out for my song Sadie and another release early next year with a video to follow up. Taking a trip to NYC, to meet some people to work with in the future and just keeping working at completing my album.
What can people expect if they come down to one of your gigs?
At the moment I’m playing gigs around London with a little cool band on electronic drums and synths. I already have my first shows booked in NYC next year, in bigger clubs, so for the moment we are building up our performance. Come down and see us sometime!
You've been getting a lot of great comparisons recently, from Lykke Li to AlunaGeorge, but who inspires you to make music?
Yeah, everyone is talking about Lorde and me, because we are the same age. I think she is super cool, she worked really hard, and I like her style, so it’s not a bad comparison. People also hear Lykke Li in my lyrics and voice; I am a fan of her, so that’s kinda cool too. Love Aluna George, but when I was writing and working on the songs, they were not out yet. I guess we all grew up on 90 music and you can see similarities in the sounds…
Finally, where can people find you?
I'd like to thank MANOU for taking the time to answer these questions!
Well, there you have it. So young, yet so talented and devoted to her craft. "Sadie" is a pop smash just waiting to happen, and due to the current trend of pop music in the charts, I think she could be big!
Make sure you go like her on Facebook and show her some love! Then you can be one of those people that get to say "I knew Manou before she was a superstar" ;).