Singer/songwriter and rising star Christian French began posting covers on SoundCloud, which quickly put him in the spotlight. In 2019, his calendar was filled with tour dates, new music and balancing it all with school as he’s now making his dreams a reality.
Read on as Music Trails sits down with Christian French to discuss his latest tour, recent music releases, and what else we can expect from him in the future:
1. Please introduce yourself to our readers!
Hey everyone, my name is Christian French. My new single “time of our lives” is out now on all platforms! Check it out:
2. What inspired you to pursue music?
It was the one form of art that really took me to a different place and allowed me to express my feelings, so I fell in love with music. After I started releasing music, I quickly saw that it had a positive impact on those who were listening, which inspired me like none other to grow and continue to write meaningful music.
3. How would you describe your music to a fan who has never heard any of your songs?
I would say it’s soulful, left-field pop. Each of my songs has a different feel to it, so it’s tough to even try to box it in to one category. Some songs are just guitar and vocals, while others are hard-hitting and high energy.
4. The music video for “time of our lives” just released! What’s the story behind this song?
The inspiration behind “time of our lives” comes from both my experience and from what I’ve seen my friends and others experience. It’s really easy to get comfortable and slip into these cycles of doing the same things every day, where you start to lose your excitement and drive to keep experiencing new things. The longer I spend in these cycles, the harder it is to get out of and the worse I feel.
This song is meant to inspire breaking out of these cycles and taking back control of your life – having intention with everything you do and finding an opportunity for growth in every situation. Oftentimes, we have tunnel vision to an end goal and we’re so focused on getting there that we don’t enjoy the ride along the way.
I need to constantly remind myself to “look up” while I’m working towards the artist and the person I want to be. If I’m always hard on myself, always working, and don’t enjoy my life along the way, then what’s the point? Being aware of the endless beauty and opportunity that life has to offer is one of the hardest but most rewarding things to keep in mind.
5. What inspired the visuals for it?
I think the actual meaning/message of the song really reflects the visuals used. It is a very moving and powerful song, so when deciding how the music video was going to play out, we took that into consideration heavily.
6. What do you hope your listeners take away from listening to your music?
Don’t be afraid to try new things. Failure is part of getting better at ANYTHING, and before you become really good at something, you have to go through a lot of trial and error to get there. But I promise you the journey is so fun and exciting. Constant failure is the only thing that’s allowed for continuous growth in both my career and life. Try your best, correct your mistakes, and move forward – that’s all you can do!
7. You had an incredible tour in 2019 where you were able to take your music and share it with the world during the first part of the Bright Side Of The Moon tour. How will you top it in 2020 with part 2?
Part 2 of this tour will be just as incredible as the 1st, in my opinion. We are hitting different cities, yet the plan remains the same with a few new songs mixed in there 🙂
8. You’re very invested in creating amazing experiences for your fans such as offering meet and greets after your shows. How has that connection will your fans shaped your musical career?
GROWTH – as both an artist and as a human. The past few years I’ve learned more about myself than ever before because I’ve been introduced to so many new things. I’ve read books, listened to podcasts, and have been part of conversations that have changed my life, which has given me the inspiration to write music in a way that I feel has had a positive impact on my fans. Whether it’s talking to them through DM’s or at meet & greets, I’m constantly blown away at the stories my fans tell me with how my music has given them a new perspective and how it has helped them navigate life. It’s extremely humbling to hear how expressing my personal growth has helped with the growth of others and it only makes me want to dig deeper and write more.
9. What has been the best moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?
Headlining my first tour last fall was one of the most insane feelings I’ve ever experienced. Before that, I had only done opening-slot shows, but having your own show is really a different energy. I felt really proud of myself and my team for building such an experience of a show that left so many people leaving with big smiles on their faces. I met fans after every show and got to really connect with them. Touring takes a lot of physical and mental energy, and I was proud that I was able to have a good attitude about it and push through.
10. What is your creative process when creating new music?
Each song has its own experience to get to the finish line, but there are a few routes I usually take when writing new music.
Sometimes an idea comes from something I hear, or something that crosses my mind – I’ll try to write it down and expand on it to create a story line. Every idea starts either in my journal or in my notes on my iPhone. Afterwards, I’ll take it to a session or sit down on the piano and find the right sound.
Other times, I simply sit down at my piano and mess around with chords and melodies until something I like surfaces – after that I try to work in lyrics that fit the energy of the chords/melodies.
11. What do you hope to accomplish by the end of this year?
By the end of the year I REALLY want to go to Europe. I have never been to that area of the world and owe it to a lot of fans to make it happen:)
12. Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions! Is there anything else you would like to add?
Don’t be afraid to try new things. Failure is part of getting better at ANYTHING, and before you become really good at something, you have to go through a lot of trial and error to get there, but I promise you the journey is so fun & exciting. Constant failure is the only thing that’s allowed for continuous growth in both my career and life. Try your best, correct your mistakes & move forward – that’s all you can do
Like I mentioned earlier – don’t be afraid to try new things and fail. Try your best, find where you went wrong, fix your mistakes, and keep going!