Your debut album is finally out after two years of hard work. Are you rather sad or relieved?
I’m happy. I’ve lived two years with it, and when it’s finished, it takes a little time before it’s out. Now, I’m very happy that it’s out there and that people can listen to it. I’ve already had lots of reactions and I’m astonished how much joy it brings me that people like it.
You worked very closely with Yong Yello on this project. How did he make you grow as an artist?
It’s difficult for me to separate my work relationship with Yello from my personal relationship because we got to know each other two and a half years ago. Since then, we’ve seen each other five days a week to work on music. We also live together, so for me, it’s difficult to define how Yello made me grow musically without looking at how we both lifted each other up in difficult times. We started to work really hard and gave the music its time.
Yello has definitely challenged me by saying that some things could and can be better, so we really motivated one another in the album process. Yello has its own production style, but the power of Yello is that he can adapt himself to the artist he’s working with. For example, Noémie’s album and my album sound totally different and that’s the hallmark of a good producer.