French producer, composer, and songwriter Petit Biscuit steps into the role of assured frontman on his project with the lead single of his forthcoming LP: “Drivin Thru The Night”. Featuring whimsical vocals that document a night of intense longing and soul-searching, Petit Biscuit complements the sung tone with shimmering electro-pop production that highlights his maturation from teen wunderkind to bonafide auteur. The track comes alongside a cinematic music video where Petit Biscuit escapes the club with a mysterious woman, chased through the streets by nameless antagonists before eventually finding shelter at a stunning skyline view.
Petit Biscuit explains his newest “is first about freedom. A lonely man is wandering through the streets, living how he wants and going where he wants until he finds his lonely alter-ego. They are sharing what most people would call the beginning of a love story…I would simply call it complicity. Most people would also think they need love to exist but it's wrong. You can live and exist by yourself. You don't need anyone else. I’ve been writing all the lyrics in Iceland, where I was isolated for months. I was missing my loved ones but at the same time, I didn’t feel any pressure from anyone, so I had this idea of this lonely man, who's obviously me, and all that story around.”
A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Petit Biscuit has converted his classically trained talents into critical acclaim over the course of his career. With a debut album, Presence, that charted worldwide in 2017, he’s also wowed audiences on the live circuit with performances at the likes of Coachella, Lollapalooza, and HARD, plus his own sold-out headline tour dates around the world. 2019 saw the release of single, “We Were Young”, topping 40 million collective streams with a music video featuring gorgeous cinematic shots that track nostalgic dreams of longing and love. Most recently, Petit Biscuit kicked off the summer with I Leave Again, a collaboration with longtime friend Shallou. The song and its lyric video captivated fans and tastemakers, speeding to 22 million global streams and receiving global support from the likes of triple j, SiriusXM Chill, and Virgin.
Other highlights of Petit Biscuit’s career include over 1 billion Spotify streams, being awarded best live performer at the NRJ DJ Awards 2018, a primetime national TV performance on the esteemed French music award ceremony Les Victoires de la Musique 2018, covering Phoenix’s “1901” on triple j’s essential Like A Version series, and international radio support from KCRW to SiriusXM Chill to Triple J.
I’ve gotta say, I’ve been a fan ever since I heard “Sunset Lover .”
But enough about me, how are you?
Hi! At this very moment that I’m talking to you, I just finished my album. It feels great.
Your latest single “I leave again” is definitely very unique.
How did this track come to be?
I was very lucky to meet Shallou who was opening for my shows during my first american tour. We stayed in contact and met up in Los Angeles to work on “I Leave Again”. We’ve been working on 5 or 6 different tracks but this one felt the most obvious for us.
What inspires you and the music you make?
I’m inspired by everything I see, feel or hear around me! I’m just here to tell my own stories and some other ones that I find interesting enough to write or compose about.
Coming from a country with such rich musical history, are there any cultural elements you incorporate into your music?
It’s funny because I don’t feel like I belong to any country. I’m not even singing in French and my music just doesn’t sound like a specific country or culture in my opinion.
How did you become interested in creating music?
At the start I was a cello player, and when I was young, I think I was more of a Cartesian boy. Now that I grew up, I feel way more sensible and I can finally talk about my experiences, I can tell what I like, I can get shivers just by creating music. It is what I like the most.
Communication with fans is essential.
What is your relationship with social media?
What I like to share the most on social media are some artistic stuff and performances. Even though I can share some unconditional posts, social media are a way for me to go deeper into telling stories, posting beautiful pictures too. But definitely not a way to show off and unveil my private life.
So what’s been on your Spotify playlist and what have you been listening to?
I got this playlist called “My Late Night Jam” that I’m updating quite regularly on Spotify. It’s a good way to share my last discoveries. I invite everyone to come take a listen!
Any future plans you can share?
Well, my new album is coming out very soon. Because of the pandemic though, there’s no touring planned at the moment but let’s pray for 2021! I’m working hard on some great content for this album… I’m always trying to reinvent myself. See you soon then!
“Drivin Thru The Night” arrives September 9th via Petit Biscuit’s self-run, wholly independent label Écurie.
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