• Un jour, je

    , Pierre de Maere's first five-track EP, is available.

  • "I use music as a sort of fantasized showcase of my person, I want to offer the world that doesn't know me a flamboyant, idealized version of Pierre de Maere", explains the author, composer and performer. Belgian at

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  • Pierre de Maere relies heavily on his instincts in his creative process.

False modesty? Very little for him. Pierre de Maere (pronounced “de mare”) released his first EP,

Un jour, je

on Friday . The title, summoning the first person singular, announces the color. On the cover, he doubles up and poses as an American late show presenter, a disc bearing his image in his hands. On a mug next to it is written: "Make Me Famous", "make me famous".

“This cover is a vision, a kind of hallucination… This EP is only made of illusions destined to become reality, he confides to

20 Minutes

.

The title illustrates the quest for a bright future.

For me, it goes through fame.

A little earlier, he declared: “I use music as a sort of fantasized showcase of my person, I want to offer the world that doesn't know me a flamboyant, idealized version of Pierre de Maere.

»

"I don't make music for my father and my mother"

But who does he think he is?

you may be wondering, ready to jump into the comments below the article and drop a nasty message about his lack of humility.

Restrain yourself because, if it is not obvious in these verbatims, the young Belgian has nothing of a presumptuous reek of arrogance.

There is something eminently likeable about him and, when you dig a little deeper, the twenty-something is much more thoughtful than he lets on.

"In fame, I may see things that others don't see," he says.

It's not just the megalomaniac and egocentric side: from the moment you're famous, it's because your work is known and you've managed to reach a lot of people.

If I make music, I don't do it for my father and my mother.

You have to be transparent about your intentions.

»

His EP in the form of a musical business card has five titles mixing French-speaking and pop songs with some rap intonations, rolled r's and drop-outs. There are what he calls “happy accidents”. “I didn't take any theory, singing or music theory lessons. My musical training comes down to the drums, so everything was the result of chance", he explains, before giving the example of one of his songs: "When I sat down at the piano, the change of key in the chorus wasn't deliberate, I wasn't aware of what I was doing. I let myself be guided according to what my heart and my ears like. »

Pierre de Maere has a sense of creativity and tinkering.

At 10, he wrote his first songs which he worked on Garage Band.

“I sang in approximate English, in yogurt, with the idea at the time of blowing everything up.

He wants to copy his sound engineer big brother who at that time was composing on his side.

Both then never stopped working together, and this EP is the fruit of their collaboration.

“A costume, for me, is a cape.

If I go on stage in tank tops, it's over"

In his mid-teens, he fell in love with photography – which he eventually studied.

"I was doing portraits, fashion came into my sights because I had to do the artistic direction", he sums up, stressing that the image continues to have "a strong impact on [his] project".

“Style is very important to me.

A costume, for me, is a cape.

If I go on stage in marcel, it's screwed, ”he slips.

During the first confinement, Pierre de Maere posted on YouTube

Potins absurdes

, his first piece in French.

This is what allows him to be spotted and signed with Cinq7, a Wagram Music label which will soon publish his first album.

The beautiful story was therefore written easily for the artist who does not seem to bother with existential questions.

He has become one of the most promising talents on the new Belgian scene alongside Noé Preszow and Ilona.

“In Belgium, we are uninhibited, because we do not have the weight of French song on our shoulders, he believes.

Belgians don't ask themselves too many questions when they write, they compose with what comes to them.

We don't take ourselves seriously, it's a strength.

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