You have roots in Algeria, were born in France and live in America. In what way did this inspire you as an artist?
I think that before I was putting out music, I was always thinking about what my purpose is and what I was trying to say. Every artist has a purpose, a story and something interesting to say. I realized that my thing was embracing the three cultures I’m from and putting that into my music. I was never afraid of putting different languages in my songs. I’ve written songs in English my whole life, so I started to put different languages in my songs and that’s how I think I found my sound. I don’t want it to define me necessarily, but I definitely think it’s shaping my fanbase. My fanbase is from all over the world.
You sing in both French and English. Do you think that this allows you to connect with even more people?
Yeah, definitely! French is an important language around the world and English of course too. When I started singing in both languages, I wasn’t intentionally trying to reach a bigger audience. Actually, I didn’t even think that France would accept me, because I felt like I was just throwing in some French here and there. With for example “Beaucoup”, I was afraid that it wasn’t well-written because it was the first time I wrote a song in French.