Alice Phoebe Lou

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Alice Phoebe Lou
Alice Phoebe Lou at Funkhaus Berlin on 2 December 2017.jpg
Alice Phoebe Lou at Funkhaus Berlin 2017
Background information
Birth nameAlice Matthew[1]
Born (1993-07-19) 19 July 1993 (age 25)
OriginKommetjie, South Africa
Genres
Years active2013–present
Labels
Websitewww.alicephoebelou.com

Alice Phoebe Lou (born 19 July 1993) is a South African singer-songwriter based in Berlin.[2] She has released two EPs and two albums. In December 2017 her song "She" from the film Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story was included on the Oscars shortlist for Best Original Song.[3]

Early life[edit]

Lou spent her childhood in Kommetjie on west coast of the Cape Peninsula in South Africa and attended Waldorf school.[4] Her parents are documentary filmmakers.[4] She took piano lessons as a child but learned to play guitar herself.[2][5] In 2010 she spent her summer holiday in Paris living first with her aunt but soon moved to live with a friend and started earning money by fire-dancing.[2]

Career[edit]

Having a gap year after graduating from high school in South Africa in 2012 she returned to Europe, first to Amsterdam and then to Berlin.[2] In Berlin she started to sing and play guitar as she found out that this was more lucrative than fire-dancing.[2] After her gap year she contemplated attending university in South Africa,[6] but eventually decided to purchase a battery powered amplifier and return to Berlin instead.[2] In Berlin she performed on S- and U-bahn stations and parks.[2][7] After one month in Berlin, she played on a television programme.[8] In April 2014 she self-released "Momentum" EP.[9] The song "Fiery Heart, Fiery Mind" from the EP featured in the soundtrack of the 2015 released film "Ayanda".[10] She also started to play in venues.

After a performance at TEDx in Berlin on 6 September 2014[11][12] she started to get offers from record labels, but she wanted to stay independent.[2][5][13] In December 2014 she released a live album "Live at Grüner Salon" as means to fund the recording of her debut studio album.[14]

In 2015 she started to tour and played first time at SXSW festival in USA in 2015.[14] She has returned to SXSW every year after that.[15][16][17] She also performed in TEDGlobal London in 2015 and opened for Rodriguez on his 2016 South Africa tour.[18][19]

In April 2016 Alice Phoebe Lou released her album "Orbit", produced by Matteo Pavesi and Jian Kellett-Liew.[5][20][13] She was nominated for best female artist at the 2016 German critics choice awards in Germany[21] and was invited to several German TV programs for interviews and performances.[22][23]

She toured in Europe, South Africa and USA in 2016 and played three sold out shows at the Berlin Planetarium.[24][25] More concerts and tours followed in 2017 but Lou has also continued street performances.[26]

In December 2017 she self-released nine track "Sola" EP and a book titled "Songs, poems and memories".[27][28][29] The same month it was announced that her song "She" from the film Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is on the shortlist for Academy Awards' Oscars in Best Original Song category.[3] "She" was released as a single on 23 February 2018 with a music video directed by Natalia Bazina.[30]

During 2018 Alice Phoebe Lou has toured Europe, USA, South Africa, Japan and Canada.[31] Her first single Something Holy from her upcoming album, titled Paper Castles was released on November 30.[32] The album will be released on March 8, 2019 and followed with international tour.[33][34]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Live at Grüner Salon (2014)
  • Orbit (2016; promoted for example through Motor Music[35])
  • Paper Castles (Will be released on 8 March 2019)

EPs[edit]

  • Momentum (EP, 2014)
  • Sola (EP, 2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alice Phoebe Lou unveils 'Fiery Heart, Fiery Mind' video". nbhap.com. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Alice Phoebe Lou: Berlin's best-kept secret". cafebabel.com. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "70 original songs vie 2017 Oscar". oscars.org. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Straßenmusikerin Alice Phoebe Lou - Freiheit, Wünsche, große Träume". taz.de. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Porträt der Songwriterin Alice Phoebe Lou Freiheitsliebe und ein dickes Fell". tagesspiegel.de. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  6. ^ "With the Artist: Alice Phoebe Lou". stalker.smagazine.com. 1 November 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Alice Phoebe Lou sees street music as a gift". Mail & Guardian. 7 April 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Frühstücksfernsehen Casting: Alice Phoebe Lou". sat1.de. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  9. ^ ""Momentum"-EP-Release". last.fm. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  10. ^ "AYANDA - DIFF". mahala.co.za. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Performance - Alice Phoebe Lou - TEDxBerlin". tedxberlin.de. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Alice Phoebe Lou: SA's viral star who's anything but a sell-out". channel24.co.za. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Ground Level: An Interview with Alice Phoebe Lou". thefourohfive.com. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  14. ^ a b "SXSW 2015 Schedule - Alice Phoebe Lou". sxsw.com. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  15. ^ "SXSW 2016 Schedule - Alice Phoebe Lou". sxsw.com. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  16. ^ "SXSW 2017 Schedule - Alice Phoebe Lou". sxsw.com. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  17. ^ "SXSW 2018 Schedule - Alice Phoebe Lou". sxsw.com. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Soaring imaginations, harsh realities: A recap of TEDGlobal>London". ted.com. 16 June 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  19. ^ "Alice Phoebe Lou to open for Rodriguez during SA tour". channel24.co.za. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  20. ^ "Alice Phoebe Lou: Orbit - A quietly cathartic artistic piece of soundscape". texxandthecity.com. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Das sind die Gewinner des „Preis für Popkultur" 2016". musikexpress.de. 10 September 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Alice Phoebe Lou - NDR Kultur Neo". NDR. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  23. ^ "Inas Nacht Folge 6". daserste.de. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  24. ^ "Alice Phoebe Lou reveals debut album 'Orbit' + Euro tour 2016". withguitars.com. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  25. ^ "From The Streets To The Stars: Alice Phoebe Lou, A Role Model for Modern Musicianship". nbhap.com. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  26. ^ ""Ich will meine Unabhängigkeit bewahren"". morgenpost.de. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  27. ^ "EP Sola vinyl". alicephoebelou.com. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  28. ^ "Song book from Alice". alicephoebelou.com. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  29. ^ "Alice Phoebe Lou is not afraid to bare her soul". iol.co.za. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  30. ^ "Alice Phoebe Lou unveils single on NPR, announces SXSW official showcase". ventsmagazine.com. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  31. ^ "Interview with Alice Phoebe Lou about "Orbit"". neol.jp. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  32. ^ "Alice Phoebe Lou 'Something Holy'". girlundergroundmusic.com. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  33. ^ "Young Independent Woman: Alice Phoebe Lou On Her Life As A Female Songwriter". nbhap.com. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  34. ^ "Alice Phoebe Lou releases first single from new album, announces international tour in support". withguitars.com. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  35. ^ "ALICE PHOEBE LOU / ORBIT". motormusic.de. Retrieved 18 December 2018.

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