Beethoven was deaf when he composed the Symphony No 9, and it became one of his best works. Anything is possible, and the True Colours Festival champions this very fact. Catch Adrian Anantawan draw his violin bow with half an arm and visually impaired Alienette Coldfire (also 2016’s France Got Talent second runner-up) sing her heart out. We caught up with Alienette right before the concert. Here’s what she has to say about music, life and how she gets around it.
Music has done me a lot. As I said, it’s a way of life. It also defines my existence as a person. It is my identity, being a singer and musician. It has also boosted my confidence in myself. So, yeah.
It’s the always the question that people ask me. Really, nothing got me into music. It was a natural thing. I think that has always been my talent since I was a kid, and yeah, it just came that way. I started singing at a very young age and that has become a way of life for me.
The most important thing about singing is that you’re able to represent yourself in a song. You’re able to give yourself your own identity, and that identity will stick to people’s hearts.
I do a little bit of everything. I am very flexible or shall I say, versatile. My strength is being able to adapt to everything. It also depends on the language, because when I’m singing in English, usually my style would be demonstrative. I would show off my voice and sing the highest notes. But when I sing in French, I do it in a more sensible way. Not too much belting and focusing on the low registers.
Alienette Coldfire on France Got Talent 2016
Do I consider myself a handicap? It depends on the definition of it. Disability, yes. I do have that, and I accept that. But I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it, because the situation is as it is. The only thing that makes a difference is how to live life as normal with the remaining senses that I have.
I’ve been blind since birth, so I cannot see the world like how others do. There are a lot of others who find my situation pitiful, but for me, it is pretty natural. There is nothing really extraordinary, just that sometimes you do things differently. Blindness is just a loss of one sense. Nothing other than that.
The world for me, is a cold, dark place, and it’s up to you to get along with it.
I love Thank You For The Music by ABBA. It talks about the importance of music in one’s life. I love Celine Dion too. She made me appreciate the beauty of belting. There’s a time to belt and there’s a time to express yourself, to sing your heart out. To be sensible.
I’ve been writing songs since I was nine. To please the masses, I usually write about love. But if I really have to be myself, I’d write about the best and worst of my life, my struggles, and every other little detail.
Honestly, I’m not the most optimistic person in the world. I complain a lot. I get mad a lot. But yeah, I just try to balance things. When it’s time to get mad, I get mad. When it’s time to be silent, I keep quiet. It is all about weighing the situation, giving the right reaction to things. Observing a lot too, and listening, rather than talking.
I love the French culture a lot. I love their way of thinking. I’m open to many things, to possibilities, and I am the type of person who would voice out my feelings if I think something is amiss. That’s what I like about French people. They are not afraid to just say what they want, no matter how provocative it is. Back home, people are very sensitive. There are things that you just cannot talk about, and I’ve made some frenemies back home for being too vocal. So what I like about the French is we can call one another out without taking things too seriously. It sounds like a personal, below-the-belt attack for other people, but it’s just one way of saying, ok, we get along together.
If I ever had to leave something for the generations to come, I think it would be a representative of music as a universal language. When I make music, I want to be open to possibilities and explore different things, even if it is singing in a language I don’t speak at all.
Catch Alienette Coldfire live at True Colours, happening this weekend from tomorrow to Sunday