Cuban by birth and best known as the lead singer of Nouvelle Vague, Liset Alea is a renaissance woman who has lived a thousand lives. From her early days of signing with Warner Music Mexico while still a teen, to studying at the New School Jazz Conservatory in NYC. From working fulltime as a songwriter for EMI and more recently, joining club producer Rodriguez Jr for an exciting new live project. Liset’s musical history is as illustrious as it is international.
Born in Havana – to a father who was a cook in Castro’s kitchen, and a mother who penned erotic poetry – an early exile to the US saw Liset mastering the immigrant’s duty of leaving behind her home, family friends, language and comforts, to thrive in an unfamiliar place.
At the age of 15 she began her studies in classical voice training, and by 16 had recorded a Spanish-language album. At 19 she left for New York where she studied at the New School Jazz Conservatory. She worked as a waitress and stepped up as the frontwoman of trip-hop act Etro Anime, co-writing their debut album that landed on V2 Records.
After witnessing the fall of the World Trade Center, Liset packed her guitar and her cat and moved to Amsterdam with the band. They all lived in the one apartment alongside a canal and toured all over the continent. While on the road she met French producer Alexkid, from Laurent Garnier’s F-Communication label, collaborating with him for ‘Come with Me,’ an instant smash both in the clubs and on the radio. She joined Alexkid’s band for a 46-date European tour.
The next few years saw Liset sign a major recording deal with EMI Records and move to London, where she recorded her No Sleep debut album and worked fulltime as a songwriter for the label. Her songs were placed with artists right across Europe, charting in the Top 10 and heard on television series like Entourage, 90210, Six Feet Under and Las Vegas. For the movie Holy Rollers starring Jesse Eisenberg, she wrote ‘If You Forget Me’ alongside R.A.C.
After opening for the legendary Paris-based Nouvelle Vague collective in 2008, she was asked to become their new frontwoman. She led the band for seven years, writing several songs on their 2016 I Could Be Happy album. She collaborated and toured the world with fashion icon Jean-Charles de Castelbajac for their Dawn Of Innocence music and fashion performance.
When not on the road, Liset worked on new songs for her 2016 Heart-Headed album, which she co-produced alongside Marc Collin; the best showcase yet for her refined craftsmanship.
In 2018 Liset takes her long-running musical partnership with Rodriguez Jr. to the next level, uniting with the elite club producer for a special live project after helping write several songs on his acclaimed Baobab album. Rodriguez Jr. & Liset Alea are currently preparing new music and live performances following the rapturous response to their magical cliff-side performance in 2017, an unveiling that attracted more than a million viewers online.