How did the environment, which LCIS provided, help you grow as a performer?
LCIS was such a warm and supportive environment. There is a real sense of community. It is a place where I felt comfortable and confident enough to take risks, make mistakes and learn from them.
What did you receive at LCIS that you didn’t or couldn’t get elsewhere?
Truthfully, the amount of individual support that students receive is unparalleled. LCIS is blessed in having staff who genuinely care about every student, and in my experience, they go above and beyond to help children progress and succeed. The feeling of mutual support, from fellow students, as well as teachers, was ever present.
What message would you like me to pass on to your teachers?
All of the teachers I had during my time at LCIS shaped me in some way, not only in terms of my academic progress, but also in terms of my self-confidence and my social and emotional development. I would like to say thank you - for believing in me when I didn’t quite believe in myself, for challenging me to work harder, for the time that they invested in me, and for always being there.
Who has had the greatest influences on you and in your pursuit of a career in music?
I think, of course, there are artists like Adele, who made me believe that having a career in music was achievable. At the same time, I must mention Mr. Brooks and Ms. Monteith, without whose passion for the arts at LCIS, I would not be where I am right now. Ultimately, it was their guidance and support which helped me make the decision to go on to study music and performance at university.
How did your role as Head Girl at LCIS prepare you for university life?
Being the first Head Girl at LCIS was an absolute privilege; the role prepared me to speak my mind on topics I feel passionate about, to be increasingly confident to speak in public, and to learn how to talk to people - guests, students and teachers.
What other experiences shaped you at LCIS?
I would say participating in the service expedition to Tanzania was one of my most significant memories, and an experience like no other. I learned so much about the Tanzanian culture and way of life. At the impressionable age of 14, I was able to give back to society and help people less fortunate than myself. And this changed the way I view the world; in Switzerland, growing up, I realised how privileged I was, and I think that sometimes we forget that. I also learnt that life is short, and you should grasp every moment.
So, congratulations on releasing your new single ‘Je T'aime'. It feels like quite an emotional song. Could you tell us what the song is about and how you wrote and recorded the track?
The song is about losing someone and trying to replace the void that they have left in your life. I think people can really connect with the sentiment of the song in many different ways and contexts, and interpret it to their own lives.
The lyrics are in French as well as English; is this something you want to continue to do with your future releases?
I really wanted to write a song which represents my background. I am bilingual and I have dual Swiss and British nationality, and I am proud of my heritage. I always had influences from both cultures. Growing up, I really immersed myself in English/American popular music and culture, of course, with a nod to French pop. Although I am studying in the UK, Switzerland is my home and the French language is part of this.
As well as getting your music out in the UK, do you plan to release your music and perform in France or Switzerland, having vocals in the French language?
That’s the plan! At the moment, there aren’t many female Swiss pop artists on the scene. I think that not having a role model in that way really motivates me to inspire other aspiring Swiss performers, who might have dreams to release music.
Has Covid and the restrictions affected your music writing and creativity and if so, how have you overcome this?
When Covid hit, I had just started to seriously think about releasing some of my music, and I think lockdown gave me the space I needed to write and explore what I want to represent as an artist. I’m not saying that I have figured everything out; creatively I think we are ever-changing, and accepting this has been one of the greatest insights during this terrible pandemic.
What are your plans for the rest of this 2021 Joanna? Any gigs or new music set to release?
My plan for 2021, is to hopefully release my first EP; I say “hopefully” because since COVID, I’ve learnt that plans can change, goals can move and… that’s okay. Once day, I would love to come back to LCIS to share my experiences and perform some songs. LCIS has, over the years, invested so much in me, it would be lovely to have the opportunity to give something back.
Jo’s song ‘Je t’aime’ was released today. Click on the link to listen to it.
Je T'aime by Jo Piguet - DistroKid
You can find out ore about what Jo is up to via Instagram at @jopiguetmusic
Good luck Jo!