Published on April 1st, 2019 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson0
Who Is the Artist Petit Biscuit?
Back Story – At just 19 years old Petit Biscuit has already amassed half a billion Spotify streams as well as garnering international radio support from SiriusXM Chill to Triple J and tastemaker praise from Clash Magazine, Earmilk, Paper Magazine and many more and has just released his genre-bending new single ‘Wide Awake’.
Petit Biscuit’s delicate vocals are front and centre as he not only explores the conflict between man and machine, but “how even a man that seemingly has no fear, simply hides it deep inside.” It also comes equipped with a mesmerizing music video where CGI gradually transforms to live action, framing the themes of ‘Wide Awake’ in stunning fashion.
The Hype Magazine got the young artist to weigh in on a few things:
From the outside looking in, who is the artist Petit Biscuit?
I am Petit Biscuit, French electronic artist. It all started in my bedroom when I was 14, diggin’ for a lot of music day and night on my computer. Then I had the idea to start creating music myself which was the best decision my life. I wanted to create the music I wanted to listen, something close to my mind. My music is evolving, I love to be versatile, that’s why I only use the « electronic » word to describe my music, even if I use million of influences to get that personal perspective of what my music should be… One of those influences I come back to regularly is definitely World Music.
What brought you to the entertainment industry, music specifically?
Firstly that was something completely unexpected, even kinda random. I was doing music for fun, without any confidence about what I was releasing. But I had a lot of good feedbacks and my perception of my work changed. Then I realized how much music is important to me, how much I wanted to explore its production and create my own universe. I got a lot of emails from labels and majors but I’ve decided to stay indie. I’m working with an amazing management team!
What do you get from making music?
It’s just a personal satisfaction. It’s crazy that a lot of people share the same tastes in music as me… and being able to live thanks to them and my art is definitely the objective… yet the thing I’m the most happy about is seeing myself evolving more and more and finally having full control on the music I make.
Tell us about your current project and the illusions of life you are addressing in “Wide Awake.”
Wide Awake is that kind of track which makes more sense when listened with the music video. It is a criticism of the virtual side of life that everyone falls into nowadays by spending hours on their phone, trying to get recognition or something else. We can’t tell anymore what is real or fake. The music video is exactly the opposite scenario of what we’re living : a humanoid is starting to get contact with nature and the only way to find his true nature and to become a human is to disrespect the rules imposed by his creator.
For new listeners, what song of yours would you pick as an introduction to you as an artist?
I would love everyone to listen to Break Up, Waterfall (ft. Panama), Follow Me, Problems (ft. Lido), which would be a good selecta of different vibes from me. But also everyone has to listen to Sunset Lover which is not my favorite but a big mood for all my fans.
Tell us a bit about your work and passions OUTSIDE of music…
I didn’t have much time to do stuff other than music this past 3 years! But I used to play tennis and basketball a lot. Also baking is good… but I swear that wasn’t the reason for me to choose Petit Biscuit as my stage name.
Last but not least, HYPE wants to know…What’s your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?!” aka WTF?! moment…
I was in Japan and you know how Japanese people are so punctual. I was at the side of the stage 5 min before my show just to check and there was literally no one in the crowd. Most stressful moment of my life, but when came the moment to start the show the crowd got fully packed in an instant. I can’t explain how 4000 people were able to all arrive at the same time in 5min… even more so without making any noise! That was an emotional rollercoaster in my mind.Tweet