We recently became obsessed with the glam popstress Cocovan and her femme-pop anthem “Mirage of Us.” And we wanted to know more about the repetitive LA transplant, so we interviewed her as photographer Kristin Cofer shot some pics.
You’re a native Parisian, but you love to spend time in LA. What keeps bringing you back?
“I like Paris a lot, but like every place it can get repetitive and I like the major contrast that LA can provide. The two cities are very different yet complementary. The first time I came here was ten years ago and I’ve been coming back every time I need a little sunshine, palm tree, and a kale smoothie.”
Do you believe what city you’re in affects your music?
“Absolutely. I love absorbing the aesthetics of a city and its musical background. And it definitely taints my work musically and visually. The part of LA that inspires me the most is Hollywood, the David Lynch atmosphere, as well as the ’80s neons and vintage cars in a glorious sunset.”
What’s the biggest difference between the music scene in LA versus Paris?
“The LA music scene is more active than the Paris one at the moment. There have been a lot of interesting scenes in Paris at different periods but I feel like right now is a down moment. LA is where it’s happening right now. All of my New York musician friends moved here too.”
Your latest single, “Mirage of Us,” is a retro-pop power hit. What influenced its creation?
“I was craving organic sounds and groove so I exclusively listened to ’70s and ’80s jams for months: Prince, Cyndi Lauper, Shalamar, the Bee Gees. And I started adding more reverb everywhere in my music. I guess that’s how the overall sound for the song happened but I wasn’t over thinking it much.”
You also produced the song yourself. Was this really challenging?
“It was definitely a bit challenging even though I’ve actually been into producing for a while. My approach to producing is more old school –more spending a lot of time perfecting every sound. I feel like that’s not always the case anymore nowadays. My ex-boyfriend is a music producer and guitarist and he is the one that got me into it. I use Ableton mostly, a zillion plug-ins, and some analog synths depending on what I have at hand or where I’m recording.”
What can you tell us about your next single, “Chic,” and its music video?
“‘Chic’ is my favorite song I’ve ever done. It is really optimistic and fun and empowering. It is about letting go of your bad past relationships and being confident that you’re going to meet the right person one day. My friends and our broken hearts inspired the song. I shot the music video in London. I directed it and had the best team of friends to help me make it come to life.”
What can you tell us about your forthcoming EP?
“The EP is still untitled for now and I think it will come out in the beginning of next year. The general vibe is definitely positive and hopeful. It has a smooth and dreamy vibe to it yet a lot of strength I think. And slap bass.”
What do you hope to achieve while you’re still in LA?
“Well… to get my driver’s license.”