Lou Doillon in 2008
|Born||4 September 1982|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, model|
|Relatives||Kate Barry (half-sister)|
Charlotte Gainsbourg (half-sister)
Judy Campbell (grandmother)
Andrew Birkin (uncle)
David Birkin (cousin)
Anno Birkin (cousin)
Lou Doillon (born 4 September 1982 in Neuilly sur Seine) is a French singer-songwriter, artist, actress and model.
Daughter of writer/director Jacques Doillon and actress, singer Jane Birkin, Lou has 6 brothers and sisters, Kate Barry and Charlotte Gainsbourg, on her mother's side, Lola Doillon, Lili Doillon, Lina Doillon and Lazare Doillon on her father's side. She spent her school years in between France and Saint Barthelemy till the age of 15, when she dropped out, to become a full-time actress. At the age of 19 in 2002, she gave birth to Marlowe Mitchell, her son with musician Thomas-John Mitchell. Marlowe is named after Christopher Marlowe.
Cinema and TV
She started acting at the age of 5, in Kung Fu Master, directed by Agnès Varda.
Lou Doillon started modeling at the age of 16, becoming the ambassador of Givenchy.
Lou Doillon alongside director Michel Didym, created a show based on letters written by French authors and singers ( Louis Ferdinand Celine, Marcel Proust, Édith Piaf…), and monologues. She toured French-speaking Theaters throughout Europe, by herself for over 2 years.
In 2010, She started working with director Arthur Nauzyciel on Samuel Beckett's one sentence monologue « L’image », in the National Theatre of Orléans. Alongside dancer Damien Jallet, and conceptual musician Meelice, they performed through France, and in NY for the festival : Crossing the line.
She has since collaborated on various performances (Paroles d'Exil/Musique Interdite with the French national Orchestra, Calamity Jane with singer/ musician John Mitchell, and as a reader for many French-literature festivals …
In 2017, for the National Theatre of Rennes, she performed L’Image directed by Arthur Nauzyciel for a week.
Lou Doillon has been drawing since she was 10, and has often included her drawings in her other crafts (the vinyl edition of her album in 2016, and most of her merch on tour is drawn by her). She has been keeping a drawn and written diary since the age of 12.
In September 2017, she released a book, including 80 ink and pencil drawings, alongside diary drawings with Astier de Villatte editor. The release
d was followed by an exhibit of the original drawings at « La maison Molière » in Paris.
She has also, for the brand Astier de Villatte, collaborated on a project of 18 different types of hand backed ceramic mugs, and 15 unique pieces, presented and sold in Tokyo, during the launch of the collaboration in November 2017 with creative duo Benoit Astier de Villatte and Ivan Pericoli.
Lou Doillon's love for music was enkindled by her father : « When my parents split, I discovered with Jacques, his taste for eclectic and a strange form of radicalness in music » « He would say : sit down, shut up and listen to the music » while playing records from Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nustrat Fateh Ali Khan, Nirvana, Nina Hagen, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Zappa…. » The singer songwriter often quotes Leonard Cohen, Lhasa, Lead Belly, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Patti Smith, Nick Drake, Nina Simone, Tim Buckley, Bobby Gentry amongst others as her influences.
She recorded with many formations in NY and Paris, during the 2000s before starting a solo career in 2010.
Lou Doillon's voice has been described as « equal parts Marianne Faithfull, Nina Simone, Antony Hegarty and Joanna Newsom
She writes her songs on Canadian Guild guitars (D55) or the piano and performs on an Eko electric guitar.
In 2012, Lou Doillon signed her first recording deal for 3 albums, with Barclay (Universal Music France).
Her genre is described to as Haunted Folk.
Her first album was recorded in France, over a 15 days period in the Studio La Seine, with French musicians François Poggio, Marcello Guliani, Alexis Anérilles and Philippe Entressangle.
In September, her debut album Places is supported by an important critical success, followed by a public success, reaching n°3 in the French charts. She was on the cover of influential magazines Magic, Telerama and Les Inrockuptibles.
The first single ICU, was followed by a video directed by Antoine Carlier, reconstituting her wanderings through Paris. Then came Questions and Answers, directed by Gaetan Chataigner while she was on tour, and Devil or Angel directed by Christophe Acker in Scotland .
In October 2012, she started her first tour in French rock club La Flèche d'Or and played France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and England). This tour resumed at Paris's Le Trianon venue.
On 8 February 2013, during the Victoires de la musique ceremony (French equivalent of the Grammy's), at the Zenith of Paris, She was awarded Best Female Performer of the year , competing alongside prestigious artists such as Françoise Hardy and Celine Dion.
It was the first time a newcoming English speaking performer won in that category.
The artwork for the cover was done by Inez and Vinoodh.
She completed the recording between Studio la Seine in Paris, and Rack studio in London.
Lay Low was mixed by Nick Launey and Adam Greenspan in Los Angeles in April.
The album came out on 9 October, preceded by the first single "Where to start".
She was nominated for best rock album of the year at Les Victoires de la musique.
As a final touch to this world tour, she performed 2 sold out gigs in La Flèche D'or, named « Kitchen Acoustic », and « Lou Doillon and friends » ( performing with fellow musicians Woodkid, Keren Ann…)
The front cover for the album is a « selfie » shot by Doillon in bed, and inner pictures shot during the recording in Canada by french photographer Zelie Noreda.
She is currently working on her 3rd Album.
Lou Doillon's band includes François Poggio on the guitar, Nicolas Subrechicot on Keys, Pierre Lavandon on bass and Franck M’Bouéké on the drums;
In May 2016 She was chosen by John Cale to perform Femme Fatale during his tribute show to the Velvet Underground, at the Philharmonie de Paris, alongside Mark Lanegan, Saul Williams, Animal Collective, Étienne Daho and The Libertines.
- Kung-Fu Master (1988) – by Agnès Varda
- Trop (peu) d'amour (1998) – Jacques Doillon
- Mauvaises fréquentations (1999) – of Jean-Pierre Améris
- Scénarios sur la drogue (2000) – of Guillaume Canet and Jean-Christophe Pagnac (segment Avalanche)
- Mamirolle (2000) – of Brigitte Coscas
- Carrément à l'ouest (2001) – of Jacques Doillon
- Embrassez qui vous voudrez (2002) – of Michel Blanc
- Blanche (2002) – of Bernie Bonvoisin
- Saint Ange (2004) – of Pascal Laugier
- La Vida perra de Juanita Narboni (2005) – of Farida Ben Lyziad
- Sisters (2006) – of Douglas Buck
- Go Go Tales (2006) – of Abel Ferrara
- Boxes (2007) – of Jane Birkin with Jane Birkin, Geraldine Chaplin, Michel Piccoli and Natacha Régnier
- BAZAR (2009) – of Patricia Plattner, with Bernadette Lafont
- Gigola (2010)
- Naked in London (2011)
- Polisse (2011) – of Maïwenn
- Un enfant de toi (2012) – of Jacques Doillon
- Nana (2001) – Édouard Molinaro
- The Private Life of Samuel Pepys (2003) – Oliver Parker
- Gossip Girl (2010) – Herself
- "Pigalle", narrator—an audio walking tour of the Paris neighborhood Pigalle created by Soundwalk.
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|2015||"Where to Start"||40||Lay Low|
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