terça-feira, 15 de julho de 2014

French Cold Wave with Orchidée Noire - An Interview

É sabido que a cena francesa dos 80´s foi altamente inspirada, uma avalanche de grandes nomes seja em synth pop, pos punk mas principalmente para a cold wave e minimal synth foi lá que grandes nomes surgiram e sucumbiram sozinhos, mas nestes loucos anos que vivemos um resgate dessa sonoridade foi promovido nos quatro cantos do mundo, e inclusive na própria França, que nos brinda com o espantoso Orchidée Noire, ou Xavier Soquet.

Grande cara meu amigo Xavier que brinda estas páginas com um mix de tudo que foi citado a pouco....escute o album Une Histoire Parmi Tant D´Autres e delicie-se com o synth minimal cold wave do Orchidée Noire.
***** Interview with Orchidée Noite *****

Q. When did ORCHIDÉE NOIRE starts, tell us about the history...
ORCHIDÉE NOIRE started at the end of 2011, in October I think. Before, I was only looking for a band to join, just to play, but I only came accross metal rock bands, and that’s not my thing. So I decided to start my own band, doing what I love. At the beginning, O.N. was a duo and the line-up changed three times in a short amount of time due to other bands / activities of the other bandmates. The song ‘FOAM’ was a duo work with Robin (SUN JUN), then I did ‘Faintness’ with Fiona (Fiona Walden) and l’Orbitale with Robin again. I don’t really know when ORCHIDÉE NOIRE became a solo project, but my first track written as a one man band was ‘Or Blanc’. Soon I realized that the other members leaving O.N. was a blessing in disguise. Doing a solo project is my favorite option, so I can express myself entirely, I think I’m not made to be in a band (duo or whatever).

Q: Who are your influences?
I don’t really know if I have to come up with band names… But one thing is sure, I’m really inspired by bands from the 80s - early 90s, especially french coldwave bands and european minimal-synth bands from this golden age. But I listen to a lot of music, from post-punk to disco and house music as well as classical music and jazz…

Q. Made a list of 5 albuns of all time…
Head Over Heels – Cocteau Twins
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
The Cribs - Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever
The Horrors – Primary Colours
Arnaud Lazlaud – Olives Noires

Q. How do you fell playing live?
I don’t have a huge experience in playing live as I only did one gig ! It was in May 2012. At that time O.N. was still a duo. I have a lot of great memories from this day, playing live is really special. As I remember, it was a strange feeling, just as if it wasn’t me on stage but someone else. I can’t wait to play live again, I’m playing at Espace B in Paris on July 26th with Déficit Budgétaire !

Q. How do you describe ORCHIDÉE NOIRE sounds?
Since some time now, my music is totally synth oriented, that’s a sound which corresponds to me. I would say O.N. is a mix of coldwave, post-punk and minimal wave.

Q: Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
I do everything by myself for now, and you can easily hear it. I record my songs with a simple audio interface, do ‘mix’ and ‘master’ the songs the best I can. Everything is done in the O.N. basement, which is my bedroom !

Q. Which new bands do you recommended?
YusYus, a really nice band from Serbia.

Q: Which bands you love to made a cover version?
I already did a cover of the song ‘Game & Performance’ by Deux at the time O.N. was a duo. Doing a cover is not easy, to me the song has to be different, but at the same time instantly recognizable. I’m planning to cover a song from the italian band 2+2=5 in the future, will see if it happens.

Q: What´s the plans for future....
I will keep writing and composing songs, and will do gigs again ! I would love to release a 7 " too, one day.

Q: Any parting words?
Thanks to everyone who read this, and to everyone who support me. See you soon and forever keep the faith !
Thanks Xavier