It’s time to share my first musical crush of the month”: Ezra Hesper. This talented young artist did a brief but noticed appearance on the 2014 French version of American Idol. He is now getting ready to release his first EP.
Let’s learn more about him through this little interview I had to pleasure to do recently.
Never Seen: Can you tell us more about yourself?
Ezra : Young child of almost 22 years-old, I’ve always loved music… probably because of my mum who is also pretty addicted to it! I first started with drums, then guitar and I finally entered the Music Conservatory here in Perpignan. Me and my friends also created a punk band. That’s actually during that time that I realized how much Music was important to me and how much I needed to perform and share something with an actual audience… After this one band, I took part in two Folk duos: “Lily & Ezra” and ’Blurred Station” and, now, the eternal loner that I am finally got the nerves to go on his own … ahah! Singer, song-writer, part-time dreamer, I’m Demanding but at the same time spontaneous when it comes to writing songs, composing or realizing things that matter to me and make me feel alive…
Never Seen : What are you main musical influences?
Ezra : I would consider myself as a Pop/Rock/Folk/New Dance lover. I could mention Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, Bob Dylan for their character and their texts. Recently, I’ve started listening to Valerie June. I kind of love all of these particular voices, full of sincerity and character…
Never Seen: Did you write all of the songs from your EP?
Ezra : Most of the time, my mum helps me during the writing process. Then, when it comes to composing I mainly create all of the melodies and arrangements by myself. For this EP, I was lucky enough to work with amazing musicians: Clément PERNET (drummer), Julien LEBART (keyboard and organ player), and Patrick FELICES (bass player).
Never Seen: Can you actually give us more information on your new EP? Will it be in English, like the covers you posted on Youtube?
Ezra : It was recorded at the Blackbird studio with Sylvain PHILIPPON. There will probably be 5 songs on this EP : three of them in English, two in French.
Never Seen: You took part in the 2014 French Version of American Idol, what did you learn from that adventure?
Ezra : It was a beautiful small adventure… Just like the feeling you get when you are enjoying a freshly gathered apple …! Ahah I met wonderful people !! Humanly, it was really rewarding and we were going through several new attractive feelings..! 🙂 Musicallly, I already knew what I wanted to do afterwards…
Never Seen : Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Ezra : On a small boat, crossing a large river, with a few albums already released, a planned tour with the people I love. I want to continue doing what I am passionate about as well as being able to live from that. Music or something else, who cares, as long as it gives me energy and chills.
Never Seen: Any tour dates to share?
Ezra : Some shows are planned, around Perpignan, this summer. But things are going to get crazy in October/November and probably a French tour in January!
Never Seen : If you could sing a duet with an international or French artist, who would it be ? Why?
Ezra : Probably Asaf Avidan as the idea would make my mum happy.. Ahah
Never Seen: One word to describe your musical universe?
Ezra : Right now it would be : WHITE PAPER
Thank you Ezra for taking the time to answer my questions.
See you soon on another adventure