We had the good fortune of connecting with Hélène CHOYER and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hélène, what principle do you value most?
One value I always think of when I create is what I called artistic honesty – I Believe that the artist has a total freedom but needs to be aware and honest in their work. In music and art in general an, we often quote other’s cultures music, we borrow, we get inspired. As a creator, you are responsible to study and make conscious artistic choices before showing your work to the world. If I want to use a music instrument I am not familiar with in my compositions, I take time to study them, to know where they come from, and how to use them originally. After knowing those informations – I have the freedom to use it in a new way.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art is a mix of my different inspirations, it’s constantly changing, evolving. I am very proud about working on a lot of different projects from everywhere in the world. I worked with more than 10 countries. I always go with wind, and I have no idea where I’ll be in 10 years, or even 6 months and want to stay open to any kind of opportunities. I don’t have any career plan and am very happy of where I am today and excited about not knowing where I’ll be next. Being able to live of my art at 23 years old is definitely a chance – There is always challenges along the way, but I also try to overcome them by staying humble facing them and by working hard.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
What I love about LA is the view points on the city, a few of my favorite spots are the view from the Bel air church, getting up the stairs of Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook or sunset at top of the world. I also love bringing my friends to different hikes, especially in Topanga Canyon. It’s always good to have a nice brunch during the weekend, and for that I love to go to met her at a bar or, for a good view of Hollywood, to Mama Shelter. For a fancy french dinner, I’d definitely recommend the restaurant République. In term of music, there are a lot places in the city to hear good music : The Mint, The Satellite.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My whole musical path have been, and still is, shaped by people encountered on the way. From my parents showing me other cultures, to the friends that I met in difference places in the world who opened the doors to new artistic worlds. From my 10 years old to my 18 years old, I spent a few weeks a year in a very small village in West Africa. There, I learned music with traditional musiciens. They taught me a total different point of view than the one I had learning music in dated music conservatories in France. I would never thank those musiciens, griots in their langage, for what the inspiration and mentorship they gave me.

Website: https://www.helenechoyer.com/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/h%C3%A9l%C3%A8ne-choyer-3a9533177/

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