I met Clara Luciani in Paris in the autumn of 2013, where she had just finished touring with the French rock band La Femme. Clara had moved from Marseille her hometown after meeting Marlon Magnee, where he asked her to join the band as a singer. At the time, Clara had been studying History of Art and the rose tinted world of Paris seemed like a much-needed breath of fresh air for the fledgling musician.
If French actress Anna Karina and musician Francois Hardy had a lovechild, it would be Clara. A dynamic mixture of melancholy, film noir and the 1960s, Clara seamlessly transitioned to a Parisian star in the making and by the time she was 24, she was offered her own solo project.
Since then, she has toured with French star Benjamin Biolay and has become a fashion muse for Chloe, all within a blink of eye.
Her debut single ‘Pleure Clara, pleure’ came out last month to much acclaim and preempts her first album, Monster of Love which she wrote in a stream of grief after a breakup and saw the project as an artistic exorcism. The EP, which was released on April 28th, vibrates a raw and desperate energy filled with a loneliness one can truly identify with at times, then transitions into a rebirth with a solar force to give the audience a hopeful and triumphant ending.
Where are your favorite places to hang out in Paris?
The Fleamarkets of Saint Ouen, The Flower and Bird Market, Dirty Dick (Pigalle), La Mano.
Favorite film, book, painting/photograph?
My favorite film is ‘Bella Donna of Sadness’. I adore the book ‘The Lover’ by Marguerite Duras. For photography, anything by Nan Goldin.
What inspires you?
Life. And meeting amazing people through music.
Who would be 5 people you would like to have dinner with (dead or alive)?
Samuel Beckett, Woody Allen, Virginia Woolf, Colette and Fabrice Lucchini
Who is one of your heroes?
Favorite quote or motto?
Au milieu de l’hiver j’ai découvert en moi un invincible été -Camus
In the middle of winter I discovered in me an invincible summer. – Camus
If you could travel back in time, what the time period would you wish to live in and why?
In the time of ancient Egypt to make up my eyes in black, make love with the Roman princes and take baths of donkey milk.
Greatest moment you have had with your musical career?
My first EP was out on the 28th of April and I am super excited for it!!
What was it like touring with Benjamin Biolay?
I've been listening to his music for years, so it was very emotional at first. He is a very kind person and I learned a lot from this solo tour. I felt like a conqueror, in front of a crowd every night seducing people for whom I was a perfect unknown.
Where would you like to be in ten years?
At the seaside with my parents, my sister, and maybe a child by then.
What makes you cry?
To think that everything has an end.
What makes you laugh?
Les Marx Brothers.
What’s the most romantic thing you have ever done?
Giving my confidence.
If you weren’t a musician what would you like to do?
I would have liked to be a baker somewhere in the South.
Best advice you have ever been given?
My mother always says, “Be natural” and that’s what I try to be!
If you were President for the day what would you do for mankind?
I would force people to create. They could do what they would like of course: paint, sing, play comedy, write ... But I'm sure that by forcing them to create something they would exorcise their anger and sorrow and that the world would go much better.
Photographer: Anouska Beckwith
Stylist: Laura Marciano & Sainte Anne Studio
All clothes: Pallas & Carvil
Hair & Make Up: Melissa Biard