Exclusive Interview with ReverbNation Winner, Sylvain Moraillon
1.Who are you as an artist? What is your story?
As long as i remenber, i’ve been writing songs, even when i was a young boy. I don’t think i became an artist, i just think i was. The french singer Michel Fugain, for whom i have written, told me one day that you can’t choose this job, but it chooses you. I think it’s only true. For now, i’ve been in the music industry for 25 years, i’ve written for a lot o famous french singers as Patricia Kaas, Faudel, Gérard Lenorman, Daniel Lavoie and others ; i also produced artists, Filip Nikolic, Fiona Gélin or Ton Andréïs, and about ten years ago, i created a school music to teach young people how to play guitar and piano, and sing with their heart. I knew i was so lucky, and i wanted to give a chance back, to convey what i had learnt all over my career. I am definitly a singer songwriter, but i also write books, as my new one « Comment foutre sa vie en l’air en 10 leçons (pour ne pas faire pareil) ». I am passionate, and very involved in child protection. I am president of Ligue française des droits de l’enfant, and Adua, and vice-president of Violette Justice association.
2.Who are some of your favorite artists and music influences?
When you make music, or write songs, you must live with your mind open. I love so much different music styles, classic, country, rock, reggae, pop, songwriters… There is no difference between The Beatles, Johnny Cash or the Rolling Stones, Mozart or Bob Marley, Nirvana or Charles Aznavour. A masterpiece is a masterpiece wathever the style you play. Every artist that make a great work inspire me. That’s why i can so easely write songs for other singers, and not only for myself. If i love what they sung before, i will find the good song for them.
3.What is makes your music worth it? To the world? To your fans?
This is why i make this job : to help people to dream, to live, to love. But also to think, sometimes, about the world we are living in and what we are making of it. My songs are often engaged, as i am. My next album, Rien ne m’appartient, will be very rock, and lyrics will talk a lot about moral values in the modern world. If one of my song is helping just one person, i know why i have written it. Because it happens that a song changes the life of someone, and this is the best reward you can win.
4. What is the future of music and the industry?
For now, music industry has come back to an artisanal work, except for young artists created by television. But their « careers » are very short, they just have on or two years before a new winner push them out. Music will always be a part of humanity, but it is very hard today for artists to live from their work. Internet has killed the market, and authors’rights. They should fight stronger to be respected and paid for their work, but i think most of them are afraid to be censored if they claim it. To exist, they have no choice but to play their music on stage. About the industry, nothing significant will happen as long as a new technological invention won’t be created, to change people’s way to hear and buy music. The last majors can really disappear, and be replaced in a few years by new stakeholders.
5. What surprises you the most about the music industry?
The dramatical lack of creativity, especially in France ! Songs have no color, no sense, you can listen to one or another whitout making any difference. Lyrics are so poor, i often wonder why you are singing if you have nothing to say ! At one moment, the music industry decided there was no place anymore for talent : only artists who accepted to be formatted with nothing to say or give could still work with majors or television.
6. What’s your Poison?
Hyperactivity. I can’t stay whitout doing anything. And it is really hard for me to make just one thing at one time. These days, i’m working on my next book, but i’m always thinking to my next album i have to finalize. When will i find the time ? Should i first finish my album or my book ? And wouldn’t be better if i was writing a new song for any singer ? Haha ! It never ends.
7. How is your ART “your Religion”?
I live night and day with it. This is why i live, what i am made for. When i don’t write, or sing, or make music, i’m just seek. Art is the most important think in the world, because it helps mankind to live, and to feel the beauty of the world. Art is the best way to make people not feel all alone : someone is talking to you, someone is showing you something, someone is feeling the same way than you. We are together, sharing this part of us. This is the message art is offering, just like religion can, or should do.
8. What are you truly creating with your music that changes the world, changes society?
Strongs ideas and emotions : this is how we can make people better. If your song moves them, you have win. They will take attention to what you’re saying, and maybe change their mind about something they did’nt really think before. Does any song can change the world ? I don’t know, but if it changes people, the world will change at last. So i like in my lyrics talking about social issues to make react.
9. What is the (spiritual, political, social, etc pick one) mes- sage of your music?
Take care of everyone in the world. Yourself et your family, of course, but also every human people, and animals. Respect life, and respect the world we’re living in. Because this is our home, for ever. Be volunteer, to help those who need to be rescued. Music i sharing, life should be too. We need to be engaged in our society, not to live alone just for ourselves and make selfies to shine for nothing. Brotherhood is so much important than fame ! You don’t have to be famous, you just have to be helpfool. That makes you happy.
10. Have you been “lucky” or “gifted” in the music industry so far? Tell us more...
Obviously ! I was very young when i began to work in the industry, i was about 20. I had a gift for writing songs, and my first single as a lyricist was for Daniel Lavoie, and called « Où la route mène ». We were radio number 1 in Quebec. I was so proud, my dreams were coming true ! Then, i was so lucky to work with many artists i loved, as Michel Fugain ! I did what i wanted to do in my artist life, and so much more !
11. What do you really think it takes to make it in the music industry? Tell us 3 keys.
1 : Be yourself and no one else. 2 : Get inspiration from the greatest artists. 3 : Work, and work again, and never give up.
12. What is your main inspirational philosophy in life? Favorite quote?
I truely love Marc Aurèle. I’m working a lot on myself to get higher, to learn wisdom and try to become better. Very hard work, i swear ! My favorite quote is from Oscar Wilde : « Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. »
13. What do you regret the most in your music and would have done differently?
I should have learned to sing earlier, when i was young, to make exist many more songs. This is my only regret.
14. Where do you see your career going in five years? 10 years? Next year?
I don’t have any career plan. I make things i want to do, often because i need to : this album must exist, because it says something important, or i need to write this song just now because i feel it and some people may be waiting for it to be understood. But i really want to sing on stage more and more next years.
15. Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you want your fans to remember you and your music?
I just want they still sing my songs !