$ Afia Bahmed-Schwartz talks about her emotions on her new album Emo Icon

In his first incarceration, in 2020, Numéro had a FaceTime interview with multidisciplinary artist Safia Bahmed-Schwartz. As well as the ease of pictorial and musical composition, he is now back in front of the stage with Emo iconhis new album, released on June 10.

Discolored eyebrows, manicured nails, military Crocs on the feet, $ Afia Bahmed-Schwartz looks like a French Shygirl. Painting, writing, tattooing, music… the artist multiplies the fields of artistic expression. This Friday, June 10, this new album he just unveiled, where he combines rap, gabber, song and hyperpop. In each of the eight titles ofEmo Icon, $ afia Bahmed-Schwartz suggests arousing a strong emotion, such as anger, sadness, joy, anger or even fear. This opus contains a sort of culmination on the part of this iconoclastic 36-year-old artist who shakes between multiple universes, from intimate and erotic painting to violent and touching music. He has shown the originality of his musical approach through four EPs representing four seasons in 2018, or his album. Past now Future released in 2020.

On her new album, $ afia Bahmed-Schwartz offers strong and poetic lyrics that address the burden of the mind, resilience, colonialism and ADSL. A writing talent developed by the artist while he was still a student at Beaux-Arts in Montpellier. He immediately fell in love with writing unconditionally in the course he took. “During an exercise, I wrote aphorisms and short stories. I collected quotes while reading or I heard things. After two months, I made a little booklet… So I made a little booklet. six booklets, which I finally published under the title ‘Learning to read’, by building my own publishing house Bahmed and Schwartz ”he said.

Then, in 2012, it was on a different topic – Booba. The money encyclopediathat $ afia Bahmed-Schwartz that he decided to dedicate a book: a collective work of the founder of 92i. A project aimed at restoring his letters to the greatness of rap. After falling in love with writing, $ afia Bahmed-Schwartz wanted to try singing. Self-appointed, she paid for her studio sessions with the money earned from her tattooing activity. “I had little texts under my arm and products made by one of my friends. I started whispering in my voice to make it closer while saying things that were a bit violent.”


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© Leo Papin

After that, the artist wants to focus on the emotions she has experienced, but also what she has understood by provoking social anxiety in recent years.. Between the time of the #MeToo post, police violence and even the global pandemic, $ afia Bahmed-Schwartz was inspired. “In difficult times, we know that most of the songs we hear can make you dance for five minutes, but you can never get in the guts. Of myself and others.”

At the same time, the actress became interested in various psychological methods of managing her emotions, in particular, such as EMDR, which are used in the treatment of trauma.. “I want to put more meaning into my songs. I want to think of each title as individual entities that fit into the same progression. I already have themes in my songs, the climate is so heavy on incarceration and the post #MeToo.It seems obvious to me to talk about emotions by offering titles where we can feel them, like crying over a good shot of the piece. sorrow. “

© Leo Papin
© Leo Papin

© Leo Papin

“If I’m really upset and having a hard time fixing it, I listen to the song three to four times. Severe Anger and in the end it will get better. ” In addition to representing emotions through her music, $ afia Bahmed Schwartz is also unique in representing free bodies in her drawings and drawings. These creative spaces, which are very important to him, give him an opportunity to express himself as he sees fit. “What interests me, through music as well as through painting, is intimacy, nothing more political than intimacy.” One who regularly paints, and has started painting since 2018, thus specializes in eroticism. “When I started drawing, I wanted to say who I was, how I felt and what I wanted. I was pretty hot, I didn’t know what it meant to show things all the time. secret.. “

From 2007 to 2018, $ afia Bahmed-Schwartz exclusively drew in black and white. It’s just that blue shows its very limited color palette.. “Blue has become obvious to me, it’s a new source of experimentation. It’s blue well, it works on its own, and the more you layer it, the deeper it’s, even almost black. It allows a lot of it. things, especially when it comes to intimacy and eroticism because it can get dark, etc. Then comes red with no clear explanation. These acts arouse eroticism in the human body. Represents all bodies, sex and sex. $ afia Bahmed-Schwartz, like her music and her new album Emo icon can’t forget anyone and insist on feelings and emotions that cross him or her and make him or her react. This is why his music and his painting mix and collide to perfection.

Emo icon (2022) by $ afia Bahmed-Schwartz, available on all platforms. At the Flèche d’or concert on June 23.

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