Camille Dalmais, better known as Camille (born in 1978 in Paris, France), is a French singer, songwriter and occasional actress.
Camille works with bodypercussion, beatboxing, speech and voice experiments mixed with Chanson.
Many interesting Links and Videos!
- Official Site (French) / (English)
- Le sac des fans
- Camille interview at musicOMH.com (English)
- Camille Audio Interview with AlchemySBS Radio 2008
- Video from Camille live at Bercy (November 2008)
- Camille’s Take-away shows with Piers Faccini
In early 2002, Camille signed a recording contract with Virgin Records. She released her first studio album Le Sac des Filles. In 2004, she began working with Marc Collin and his band Nouvelle Vague, which incorporates new wave and bossa nova music. She contributed the songs „Too Drunk to Fuck“, „In a Manner of Speaking“, „The Guns of Brixton“, and „Making Plans for Nigel“ to their first album.
In 2005 she released the album Le Fil, which was produced in collaboration with English producer MaJiKer. This album incorporated an avant-garde concept — a string, or thread („le fil“), which was a drone that persisted throughout the entire course of the album. All of the songs in this album are based on the exploration of the voice, with only a double bass or double bass and keyboard as accompanying instruments. Le fil quickly became a gold album. The Song „Pâle Septembre“ seems to be a reference to the attacks on the World Trade Center of 11 September 2001. The lines „Mais qui est cet homme qui tombe de la tour? Mais qui est cet homme qui tombe des cieux? Mais qui est cet homme qui tombe amoureux?“ (But who is this man falling from the tower? But who is this man falling from the skies? But who is this man falling in love?) suggest guilt accompanying love in a time of mourning. The song „Ta Douleur“ was voted 26th in Australia’s Triple J Hottest 100, 2006.
In June 2007 Camille performed Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols and a new a cappella work God is sound (The 12 World Prayers) at L’église Saint-Eustache, Paris.
Camille’s song „1, 2, 3“ from Le Sac des Filles was used in the television ad for Cacharel’s Promesse perfume starring Laetitia Casta and Matthew Avedon. Her song „Waves“ was used in Perrier’s „Melting“ television ad.
Also in 2007, she contributed to the soundtrack of Pixar’s Ratatouille in the song entitled „Le Festin“. This style of music, which may be termed „typical Parigot street singing“, is also found in the movie Porco Rosso in the song „Le Temps des Cerises“. Additionally, she provides the European French dub voice of Collette in Ratatouille.
A new album entitled „Music Hole“ was released on 7 April 2008, again produced in collaboration with MaJiKer. „Music Hole“ was recorded and mixed by Valgeir Sigurdsson. The first single from the album entitled ‚Gospel With No Lord‘ was released for online download on 11 February 2008, along with another new song from the album entitled „Money Note“.
In October 2010, her song „Ta douleur“ was featured in a Saturday Night Live sketch titled „Les jeunes de Paris“ hosted by actress Emma Stone. The skit which seemed inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s Band of Outsiders was entirely in French and involved a dance off to the song.
According to her Myspace page, she is currently working on a new album.