Interview with artist Jean Motell
How did you come by your stage name?
I choose a name easy to say and remember for party people. Because I used to sneak in fashion parties in Paris, London, and New York. With loads of Champagne. My English is very basic (I’m French, sorry) and I love Champagne… so Jean Motell, it’s easy for me and for people I met.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
Back in 2001, I moved to Paris. My small flat was empty with only a bed and a laptop to make music. No money in a big town, but I was happy because I was able to produce my own music, independent.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
The style, it’s the man! I’m quite a fan of Olivier Zahm of Purple Magazine. Because he joins style with identity. We are what we wear, it’s a chosen identity. My own style is minimal: I love hanging out with flip-flops, vintage jeans, and white Hermès t-shirt. Elegance is maybe minimal style and a touch of bling-bling 😉
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
I was fed up with DJs. Same gigs. Same sounds and attitude. And often, let’s be honest, prick faces! (I won’t say names). I made a track about it “Le DJ A Une Tête De Con” with a dirt electro / lo-fi dance touch and it’s almost a hit for me on youtube.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
My greatest challenges are to be able to write books to expand creativity. So far I wrote nearly ten books, non-fiction with a hint of poetry and humor. But it was a long hard road to see the artist inside me (hope you’ll see the artist inside you too). Fifteen years ago I was quite poor, with no access to privileges.
Now I manage my own art gallery in Los Angeles, I have access to a wealthy lifestyle without spending money. I wrote books, made three albums, and believed in my creativity. My mojo is: “If I can make it, you’ll make it”. That’s why I want to develop book projects to stimulate creativity, for a more intense life for everyone.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
My real asset is to see situations in a different way, to develop a singular point of view and always have the good word for the situation. Oh and I’m a very good hairdresser (maybe a future project ? lol).
What are your plans for the near future?
I developed a project around my own private airline (jean motell airways), it’s a crazy but exciting idea. But Covid-19 and partner issues ruined my first steps. I’m still on the board and look at the future.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
I’d like to thank Katy Perry for her kindness. We chatted a few minutes each other at a party in Paris (I wasn’t invited, but I sneaked in). I tried to contact her after, to propose a collaboration, with no success. I’m convinced that underground artists like me can bring alternative references & new ideas to major artists, to produce even better songs. Katy if you read me, call me (laughs).
How can fans find you?
Do they want to find me? Meet me at the pub! Read my books, listen to my music and you’ll find yourself.
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