There’s no denying Coline Creuzot’s talent. Having fallen in love with the arts at a young age, she’s worked tirelessly in pursuit of achieving her dreams, moving from Texas to LA to focus herself entirely on and to her growing career. Over the last several years, she’s seen her star rise higher and higher thanks to songs like “Give and Take”, but it’s her new single “Nothing”, taken from her upcoming EP, that should really showcase her – and her impressive voice – to the masses. XS Noize caught up with Coline to discuss her varied career (she’s also an actress), the three artists she’d love to share a stage with and from where she finds her songwriting inspiration.
Who exactly is Coline Creuzot as an artist and individual?
I am a singer/songwriter/artist born and raised in Houston, Texas. As an artist, I’m lyrically honest and raw. My music is inspired by my journey in life and love. As an individual, I am fun, laid back, love creating and love spending time with family.
At what age did you know you wanted to make music a career? Was there a particular band, song or album that made you think: “I wanna create a sound like that and share it with the world”?
I knew when I was around seven years old that I wanted to be an artist. Music permanently moved me- emotionally, spiritually and physically. Writing songs, singing, and dancing always made me feel free. Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah, Brandy, and Monica were some of my favourites when I was young; watching and listening to them inspired me.
You’re originally from Texas. What impact did growing up there have on you musically, and did you always plan to venture out and move to a big city, like LA, where you’re based now? How do those two places impact you and the music you make, if at all?
Growing up in Houston had a significant influence on me musically. Houston has a unique sound, and so many amazing artists are from Houston. My music often incorporates “Screw”, a technique created and made famous by DJ Screw – a Houston legend.
I’ve always wanted to move to LA. I’ve always loved it – even visiting as a kid. The vibe just always felt right here. I’ve grown and learned so much as an artist since moving to LA, and the opportunities have been great.
From who or what do you tend to find inspiration for your songs, and how easy or hard do you find the songwriting process? Can it depend on the subject matter, for instance?
I am inspired by things I’ve experienced. My songwriting process is pretty simple. It starts with the music. If I really love the music- the song just writes itself. I never force it by trying to create around a certain subject- I just go with how I’m feeling at that moment.
You’ve been a long-time collaborator with producer Happy Perez. What is it about Happy that makes the two of you such a good team artistically?
Happy produced my very first single, “Give and Take”. He is so incredibly talented. His production really evokes emotion, and those are the types of songs I like to write and perform.
Tell me about “Nothing.” Where did the idea for it come from?
It was one of those moments for me- when I heard the track, I fell in love with it. It took me to a time and place where that’s what I was feeling.
The track is lifted from your forthcoming EP. Is there anything you can tease about the collection and what fans can expect from it?
I am so excited about the upcoming EP. It has been in the works for a long time. It takes you through all the phases of love. I’m proud of it and can’t wait to share it!
Are there any tour or performance plans in the works?
Yes, performances are in the works to promote the release of the EP when it drops.
You’ve shared stages with/opened for the likes of Keyshia Cole, but if you could share a stage with three bands or artists, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
Donny Hathaway – is one of my favourites of all time. His voice and music take you on a journey. You feel what he’s feeling when you listen to his music. His voice is so beautiful. Jazmine Sullivan – I love her voice and her music. Lil Wayne – has been one of my favourite rappers since the Hot Boys.
You have a substantial following across social media. How do you feel, personally and professionally, about the impact and influence of sites like Twitter and Instagram and the way they can, it could be argued, make or break an artist?
Social media has helped so many artists- myself included- gain visibility. While I think it takes more than social media to “break” an artist, it’s definitely helpful.
Away from music, you signed with BH Talent Agency a couple of years ago, branching out and taking opportunities in acting, fashion and beauty partnerships. What made you want to do that, how are things going, and are there any projects etc, you can tell me about?
I met my acting agent through a mutual friend. Acting has always been something I wanted to do within or alongside the music – so it just felt like a step in the right direction.
Finally, aside from the release of this single and the EP, what else does 2023 have in store for you? What goals did you set yourself in terms of what you want to achieve this year?’
One of the goals for 2023 that I’m looking forward to the most is releasing my debut album later this year. I’m also excited to do a lot more performing this year!
Listen to ‘Nothing’ – BELOW:
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