We get to know new Melbourne-based artist Fleur De Mur who’s just dropped her disco-tastic debut ‘I Don’t Want To Fall In Love’.
It’s a sexy beast, pulsing with cutting edge production, tweaked vocals and more than a smattering of double hand-claps; just the way we like it.
There’s so much confidence in this debut that we simply had to get to know more about Fleur.
And wouldn’t you know, she decided to clap back with a series of answers to our pressing questions.
So to celebrate the release of ‘I Don’t Want To Fall In Love’ today, join us as we get to know Fleur De Mur!
01. Name : Fleur De Mur.
02. Where are you based? Naarm (Melbourne).
03. How did you get your start in music? I was singing as soon as I could talk, so music has always been a feature of my life and my world, so it’s hard to pinpoint a particular ‘start’ – but perhaps my first guitar at seven changed the landscape and allowed me to bend sounds to craft what I could hear in my head.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Enigmatic / energetic / dynamic / soulful / electric.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. My sound is hard to define and tries its best to escape a single box you try to put around it. It’s sneaky like that! But an amalgamation of modern disco, electro-pop and soulful R&B.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? I have such a clear memory of being a four year old and my mum keeling over the VHS machine taping Judy Garland’s ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ from ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ for me because I wanted to listen to it on repeat. I ended up burning a hole in that video!
There was something mystical about music I could feel transporting me somewhere else from a really young age. So I’ve been singing since I could talk really, started playing guitar at seven + writing songs at 12.
07. Who have been your musical influences? Too many to mention and my answer would change depending on the day, but here are a few mainstayers I feel inspired by… Amber Mark, Franc Moody, SG Lewis, Roosevelt, Sunni Colon, High Hoops, Two Another, Dua Lipa, Wayne Snow and Cosmos Midnight.
08. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? Literally everywhere. I constantly have headphones on and sound following me around wherever I go. But first thing in the morning (to set a tone for the day ahead) is a pretty special ritual. I’m super careful with which song I select as the first because sound insights so much energy in my body
09. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling :
Sad? Tom Misch.
Exhausted? Neil Frances.
10. What was the first album you ever bought? Boyz II Men at seven years old. Clearly a child of the ’90s (that loved a five part harmony).
11. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? A writer… a backup dancer …or maybe just a less quality musician?!
12. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? “Know who you are and who you are not”.
13. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? The motivation, soul, tenderness and the self that I have poured into every crevice of this EP that has resulted in a body of work I am really proud of.
It was really important for me to create and release this record independently to maintain creative integrity to my vision, so becoming a jack of all trades has taught me a lot.
14. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? Genesis Owusu. That guy is on fire right now. It’s really inspiring to see an artist release independently and maintain such a high level of integrity to a vision.
15. Tell us about your debut release. I worked with Melbourne producer SB90 on this track, so the sound is influenced by his effortless groove, but it’s also shaped by the buoyancy and playfulness of disco.
There’s a positivity and uplift around that genre that’s been modernised and peaks through this track that makes me want to close my eyes and dance. I think the time that we’ve been living in has inadvertently influenced the track too.
I craved the euphoria and freedom of a dancefloor more than ever these past few years of lockdown life, so there’s an essence of liberation you can hear throughout this song – which is timed perfectly since it’s released as the world begins to open up again!
16. What do your future plans involve? How long have you got?! There’s a lot in the works across the next few months. The debut single drop in December, an exciting collaboration up my sleeve for January, then my second single drops in February ahead of my EP release in April.
17. Where can our audience catch you live? Keep your eyes and ears peeled, because there’s something exciting in the works for the first quarter of the next year.