Liset Alea

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Liset Alea
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Background information
Also known asAlea
Lissette Gonzalez-Alea
Born (1979-05-08) May 8, 1979 (age 40)
Havana, Cuba
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass
Years active1998–current
LabelsEMI, Kwaidan
Associated actsNouvelle Vague
Etro Anime
Alexkid
Honeythieves
Dubphonic
Olga Kouklaki
Yasmine Hamdan

Liset Alea is a Cuban-born singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Paris, best known as a solo artist and lead singer in Nouvelle Vague.

Career[edit]

Early collaborations and solo work[edit]

In 1998, Alea co-founded drum & bass/trip hop band Etro Anime. She co-wrote all the songs and provided lead vocals on their 2003 album See the Sound.[1] Soon after, she left the band to pursue a solo career. Her debut LP, No Sleep, was released in multiple European territories on EMI in 2005,[2] and was on the Top 40 charts in the Netherlands for 15 weeks.[3] Around that time, she also began writing songs for other artists, including “Catfight,” a single from Belgium’s Star Academy winner Katerine’s 2005 debut.[4] She later co-wrote “Il Futuro Che Sara” for Chiara Galiazzo, which was in competition at the 2013 Sanremo Music Festival in Italy.[5]

In 2010, Alea independently wrote and co-produced a Spanish-language album, Sin Cera.[1] It has not been released.

Nouvelle Vague[edit]

In 2008, Alea met Marc Collin, the founder of Nouvelle Vague. She opened for the group in Miami, and officially joined them as a lead singer in 2009.[1] She sings a cover of the Cocteau Twins song "Athol Brose" on Nouvelle Vague's 2016 album I Could Be Happy.[6] After 8 years of touring with the band, she left the group in 2017.[7]

Music in television[edit]

While residing in Paris, Alea began collaborating with French DJ Alexkid, appearing on his 2003 album Mint. Their single “Come With Me,” was featured that year in an episode of Las Vegas, and has been remixed by numerous artists, including Llorca, Brett Johnson and Tiga.[8] In 2009, Alea, Alexkid and French producer/DJ Rodriguez Jr formed the Honeythieves.[1] The trio's song “Reminder” was in 2009 episodes of Entourage and 90210,[1] and was remixed by RAC’s Andre Anjos.[9]

Performances and collaborations[edit]

“Ceremony,” a multimedia “costume show turned concert” created and directed by French fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, was based on Nouvelle Vague's repertoire. Alea participated in all live performances of the musical, including presentations of the show at the 2011 digital arts festival Exit at the MAC Creteil art center in Los Angeles,[10] and at the 2012 White Nights Festival in Tel Aviv.[11]

Alea has been singled out for her unique style and presence, and for "providing a strong, sultry voice and some amazing vocal pyrotechnics."[12] She has toured the world with Nouvelle Vague, including North America,[10] Europe,[12] Russia[1] and South Africa.[13] She has done a European tour with Alexkid in support of the release of Mint, a tour supporting Sananda Maitreya (formerly known as Terence Trent D’Arby), and performed with Raul Paz.[14] She shared the stage with Juanes at the 2009 Paz Sin Fronteras II concert in Cuba, performing to an audience of 1.2 million people.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Alea was born in Havana, Cuba.[1] She was raised in Miami, Florida, and has lived in New York, Costa Rica, Paris, London and Amsterdam.[1][14] She is in a relationship with musician Rodriguez Jr.[15]

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • No Sleep (2005, EMI)
  • Sin Cera (2010, unreleased)
  • Hunter and Tiger EP (2016)
  • Heart-Headed (2016)

Appears on[edit]

  • Etro AnimeSee the Sound (2003)
  • Alexkid – Mint (2003)
  • Alexkid – Caracol (2006)
  • Dubphonic – Relight (2009)
  • Olga Kouklaki – I U Need (2012)

TV/film soundtrack appearances[edit]

  • Las Vegas – “Come With Me” (with Alexkid) (2003, Season 1, Episode 9)
  • Six Feet Under – “Don’t Hide It” (with Alexkid) (2005, Season 5, Episode 59)
  • Entourage – “Reminder” (with Honeythieves) (2009, Season 6, Episode 11)
  • 90210 – “Reminder (RAC Remix)” (with Honeythieves ) (2009, Season 2, Episode 3)
  • Holy Rollers – “If You Forget Me” (with Remix Artist Collective) (2010)

Songwriting[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Credit
2005 Katerine Katerine "Catfight" Co-writer
2009 Noemi Noemi "Stelle Appiccicate" Co-writer
2010 Ruben Hein Loose Fit "If Friends Is All" Co-writer
"Somebody to Love" Co-writer
2011 Marc Collin and Liset Alea Kiss Me OST "Burning Star" Co-writer, singer
2013 Chiara Galiazzo Un Posto Nel Mondo "Il Futuro Che Sara" Co-writer
Élodie Frégé Amuse Bouches "Pique-Nique Sur la Lune" Co-writer
"Mes Bas" Co-writer
2014 Filippos Pliatsikas I Alli Plevra Tou Ble "The Other Side of Blue" Co-writer, singer
2016 Nouvelle Vague I Could Be Happy "Algo Familiar" Writer, singer
2017 Zuco Sound Muddy / Sweet "Heavy Love" Co-writer, singer
Rodriguez Jr. Baobab "Take a Walk" Writer, singer
"The Heart Is a Woman" Writer, singer
"Waste Tomorrow" Writer, singer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Christopher Lopez, “Liset Alea Talks Touring With Nouvelle Vague and Her Miami Music Festival Gigs,” Miami New Times, November 11, 2010.
  2. ^ “Who is Liset Alea…?” Archived 2013-04-12 at Archive.today universetipping.com, March 15, 2011.
  3. ^ Liset Alea – No Sleep, Top40-Charts.com. Accessed February 18, 2013.
  4. ^ “Katerine (2) – Catfight,” Discogs. Accessed February 9, 2013.
  5. ^ “Sanremo, scoppia il caso Chiara La Vanoni,” Il Mattino, January 26, 2013.
  6. ^ "Nouvelle Vague – "Athol Brose" (Cocteau Twins Cover)". Stereogum. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Rodriguez Jr. & Liset Alea - RJLA Release New Single 'Radio'". Frontview Magazine. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  8. ^ Alexkid – “Come With Me,” Top40-Charts.com. Accessed February 18, 2013.
  9. ^ “Honeythieves – Reminder (RAC Mix) OFFICIAL video,” NME. Accessed February 18, 2013.
  10. ^ a b Devorah Lauter, “Cultural Exchange: A French fashion designer launches a rock musical,” Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2011.
  11. ^ Anthony Grant, “White Night for fashion crusader,” Times of Israel, June 29, 2012.
  12. ^ a b Laura Angela Bagnetto, “Nouvelle Vague sprinkles couleurs on Paris,” Radio France Internationale, March 23, 2011.
  13. ^ “Varied Notes,” The Sunday Independent (South Africa), April 8, 2012.
  14. ^ a b c Karl Avanzini, “Pan-American Pop,” Playback, September 3, 2010.
  15. ^ "Fifteen Questions Interview with Rodriguez Jr. & Liset Alea". 15questions.net. Retrieved 17 March 2019.