Christine And The Queens Talks Sexuality, Suiting, And Being Lost In Her Dreams

Daring To Be Different: Christine And The Queens Talks Sexuality, Suiting, And Being Lost In Her Dreams

Everything you need to know about the singer soundtracking tomorrow

'I'm often lost in my dreams,' says 28-year-old Héloïse Letissier talking about her breakout album Chaleur Humaine, which translates into English as 'human warmth'. 'When I was young, I would write all the time,' she says. 'Novels, plays, and poems. It's like a disease – my life is filled with fantasies and I have to write them all down.'

After a bad break-up in 2010, she came to London and inspired by a troop of drag queens she met at Soho nightclub Madame Jojo's, she dreamed up the alter ego she now performs as: Christine And The Queens. 'Christine was me wanting to break free. I was tired of being prissy, and shrinking, and apologising all of the time, so I created a character that could be daring for me.' The Queens are her imaginary back-up drag dancers.

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Back home, in France, Héloïse is already a huge deal. She's spent most of the last two years in the top 40 of the country's music charts, where Chaleur Humaine is already seven-times platinum. It was only this year when she brought out a translated English version of the album, and then won over a rained-on Glastonbury crowd with a magical acrobatic performance, that she became big here.

Her sound mixes synth-filled electro productions with distinctive icy vocals, but what really sets her apart is her dancing style that crosses voguing with Michael Jackson moonwalking. 'I call it a project more than an album because for me everything –the dancing, the performance, and the music – is linked.'

At the core of the music is Héloïse's relationship with her sexuality. Identifying as pansexual, she rejects the stereotypes around femininity. 'Before I created Christine, I was actually really girly. Maybe I was trying to hide something but I was trying too hard to be a girl and I didn't know what it meant. I was afraid of being myself.'

One aspect vital for the creation of Christine was her style; her stage looks all centre around sharp tailoring. 'Clothing is so closely related to how you present yourself to the world. Suits are now for me these neutral clothes – they can be feminine and sexy, but also really macho.'

For 2017, Héloïse will disappear to make the new album. 'I'm ready to work on some new music. I want to plot who the next Christine will be.'

HOME TOWN: Nantes, France.

SOUNDS LIKE: Powerhouse synth-led pansexual anthems.

FOR FANS OF: Björk, Madonna, Miley Cyrus.

LISTEN TO: When you need to lose yourself – in a crowded train carriage, in the office, or on the dance floor.

MAJOR MOMENT: Madonna's levitating finale at the 2015 Grammys was inspired by Christine And The Queens' Saint Claude music video, in which she dances while suspended in the air.

STANDOUT TRACK: Tilted.

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