“It’s always beautiful above the clouds, but if I were a bird, I would dance in the storm/I would cross the clouds like the light does/I would listen to the symphony of lightning in the rain …” Zaho de Sagazan, seated at the piano, romantically sings a magical song with all simplicity.
Conquered, his audience holds their breath. The young artist is at the heart of a stunning show. She swirls on the electro loops of her musicians, Tom Geffray (drums) and Alexis Delong (synths), vocalizes under red or blue spotlights, interprets with her deep and powerful voice the unique songs she has written, lyrics and music.
A star at 23, the singer-songwriter is compared to Stromae and Brel. She impresses with her magnetic presence and the dazzlingness of her uncompromising texts. Control, madness, death invite themselves into his songs which also proclaim mad love, exalt the impulses of the body and the heart, or claim the lightness of his youth.
With only one album, La Symphonie des éclairs (Disparate/Warner Chappell/Virgin), but already several hits, “Les Dormantes”, “Tristesse”, “Mon Inconnu”, “Les Garçons…”, Zaho de Sagazan continues the concerts: 75 dates in 2023, festivals galore, the Olympia in November, the Zénith in Nantes and Paris in March 2024…
“Develop without making artistic concessions”
How do we suddenly go from shadow to light? “I’m sleep deprived,” she said, smiling. I have a very busy life, few breaks and not enough sleep. A lot of work, my head is in it and I’m super happy! » Very relaxed a few hours before lighting up a new scene, Zaho de Sagazan is enjoying it. “I’ll stop when it no longer makes me happy.” We are made of lots of dreams, inevitably different. » Whatever happens, she is sure, all her life she will remain faithful to what sparked her vocation as a teenager: the piano and the English singer Tom Odell.
Behind the young prodigy, logistics were put in place at full speed. His friend Lucie Guilloux is his manager: “I have known Zaho since the Aristide-Briand high school in Saint-Nazaire. » Both were studying in the music section. “I was convinced that she could do great things. » The two young women immediately asserted themselves in the face of the music industry. “We started our label, Disparate. We own everything we do, it’s a huge freedom. I want to help him develop without making concessions on his artistic choices. »
the 23-year-old French singer Zaho de Sagazan performs 75 concerts this year / Guillaume Ménard/SDP
A small structure of five people of which Lucie Guilloux is manager, Disparate surrounds the young artist in development with an administrative manager, Sophie Leudière, a strategy and marketing project manager, Lola Serres, and a video director, Guillaume Ménard, another friend of the high school. “It’s the project of a group of friends, on a human scale. » The young team aims high. “Luckily, Zaho has a real vision: instinctively, she sees the direction to follow. We have great ambitions and a common vision, we find ourselves in the choices, the rhythms, the values. »
Around ten people around the singer
Zaho approaches his tour like a marathon. She travels the roads surrounded by around ten people: manager, sound and lighting engineer, record and poster seller, musicians… Her close guard keeps an eye on things and manages the logistics: arriving in an unknown city, finding the committee of welcome, prepare the room, do the sound checks (pre-concert sound adjustments), then quickly dismantle, and leave. At first, the team traveled with two eight-seater rental vans. In July 2023, she got a bus, and can drive at night while sleeping comfortably: “We couldn’t wait for it! »
The adventure remains artisanal, compared to the big American rock groups who travel in convoys of dozens of trucks. Zaho de Sagazan, who dances on stage as well as in a club, sings with great energy, with little rest between two concerts, does not have a sports coach, but has taken up sport “in a hyper-serious way”. Invited to sing in Montreal (she will return to Canada for two dates in April 2024), as soon as she arrived, she rushed to the gym!
The mind also counts. “You have to make beautiful songs, be generous with the public, not get lost in the numbers and social networks: we receive a lot of messages of love and hate,” confides Zaho de Sagazan, who manages her own music. social networks. “I keep an eye on Zaho during crowds, selfies, signings… You have to stay attentive without being paranoid. I also have to see the times when she needs rest. Sadly, several artists found themselves buried under too busy a rhythm,” recalls his manager.
Zaho de Sagazan is well aware of the danger, she who was delighted to sing as the opening act for Stromae at La Défense Arena in June, before the Belgian artist, exhausted, canceled all his concerts. “I hope he will recover,” she whispers. Concerts are such wonderful times! » Zaho recharges his energy through this contact overflowing with emotions that is the stage. She’s not about to leave her.