Christine Herin, previously known as Naif Herin and now known professionally as Dolche, is a Rome based Italian-French singer, songwriter, composer and record producer who already boasts a 20-year music career and more than 500 concerts in Europe with and key collaborations with Grammy Award winning professionals. Having just released new track, Big Man, The Fountain caught up with her to discuss 2020 and the new single.
TF: What has the reception been like to your last single Roma?
First of, hi and thanks for this interview. Yes, Roma is my fourth single and every time I release a song I have no idea of the outcome. Because my tracks are very different one from another and each time it feels like proposing a different mood and rhythm to my public. This time there was also an additional peculiarity because I sing in two different languages, Italian and French. But people are loving Roma and its melancholic yet invigorating sound. I am getting so many enthusiastic comments from old and new fans and I am very happy about it. It makes me feel that I made the right choice, back then, when I decided to ignore a producer telling me that such a wide difference of sounds and melodies would have been impossible to sell!
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
Roma feels to me like love should feel: the vigorous caress of an elegant ball gown twirling during a waltz.
TF: You have a new single out Big Man. Describe this for us
The ‘Big Man’ is a symbolic creature incarnating all differences and all outcasts. All white supremacists, homophobes and fundamentalists will hate this song but my hope is to inspire them to think differently. We have all felt excluded, feared, judged or refused for our differences but those are what makes us unique. The human race is in constant evolution. ‘Contamination’ is what makes us stronger and more beautiful! The video, created and directed by the talented Chris Shimojima (Wild Factory Production), portrays this brilliantly using Deep Fake Technology! It tells the story of a ‘disease’ that spreads around people in the streets of NYC – the disease of diversity. This contagion generates fear, violent reactions and derision for the first two characters getting infected in the beginning. But it is than embraced and celebrated by the following characters. The faces of the many actors mix into a superior/wild creature that symbolizes the power of diversity and union. The resulting effect is scary and fascinating at the same time. Genders, ages, religions, different skin colours mix up creating more powerful and free beings.
TF: How did Dolche come to be, where did the name come from?
One day I woke up and realized that I was a very experienced musician, an author and composer, and a free woman who knew exactly how to produce an album. That day it was clear to me that I owed myself a change. I decided to make the big jump. I ended my former project (15 years of my life), dropped all the collaborations I had at the moment as a musician and put all my energy in creating something that was just me. I had the amazing chance to find the support of an investor who believed in me and had been following me since the early times of my music carrier and the full help/support of the person who then became to be my wife. I co-founded my own indie label and Dolche came to life!
The name has a nice story and comes from La Dolce Vita! After a concert in New York I was talking to a dear friend of mine and a mentor (cannot say his name because he is like a guru in the music business and a very private person) about my desire to own my music and launch and produce a completely new project. I was telling him that I feel that my music has an old soul and a theatrical, romantic, daring character. It reminds me sometimes of the vision the Americans have of the Old Europe. It reminds me of the atmospheres you find in Fellini’s movies like La Dolce Vita. And there he jumped on the chair and simply said “Dolce! This should be your stage name! Your music is so sweet that this word fits it perfectly”. I fell in love with the idea and added the letter H in the middle because CH are the initials of my name. It was a blast! Everybody likes it plus people of all different languages pronounce it correctly. This is like a dream come true for me because even my mother (I swear) still mispronounces my name. And she gave it to me!
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release, can we look forward to an EP, LP?
I have a full album that will be released this October, and four more singles to come before that. I feel unstoppable and I am already writing new music. The only thing I miss very much is the stage. I love performing and I love the public more than anything. Being on stage is very natural for me and I miss that kind of relationship like the air that I breathe. I hope I will be able to bring my music around the world soon again. ‘Till than I will release as a fool!