TUNE Chaouche - My Friend
Chaouche is set to release debut single ‘I’ll Lose My Head’ backed with ‘My Friend’, two cathartic hymns channelling creativity from darkness.
“The overarching theme of my songs is “healing". Collectively my songs contribute to a greater understanding of particular issues I found overbearing and traumatising as a child and young adult. Each song is dedicated to a memory or experience that has come from a negative source that’s ultimately been turned into a strength. The first song I wrote was ‘My Friend’. It’s about letting go of bad shit and discovering beauty beyond my own experiences through amazing people I met.”
Aisha Chaouche spent an unsettled childhood growing up in Swansea before moving to Bristol where she studied at BIMM music college. Chaouche lists Bjork, Sufjan Stevens and Rufus Wainwright amongst her influences and is also heavily inspired by film composers such as Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman. The piano features prominently in her music and is bolstered by deftly applied production of electronic and acoustic sounds and effects, her own massed harmonies, cello and violin.
“As much as I love the piano, its beautiful sound also reminds me of times when I was staying with a family in the valleys. I spent days and nights escaping to the shed where there was an old piano. In my production I tend to use lots of reverb and delay. They reflect how I feel about life sometimes, my thoughts repeating in an echoey hall.”
Adopting her surname as her artist name was not an obvious choice, "Chaouche" coming from her father, who she had little contact with. A close talk with a friend helped the decision to reappropriate her name for herself.
“When I needed an artist name, I tried to come up with all sorts of bullshit names other than my own to forget him but none of them meant anything. One of my best friends suggested I use the negative emotions and claim it as my artist name, that way it has more meaning than anything I could ever make up.”
Newly signed to Late Night Tales’ artist imprint Night Time Stories, Chaouche has further singles and live gigs planned this year and an album to follow in 2018.