quarta-feira, 27 de julho de 2016

Natural Pastime with Self Portraits - An Interview


O francês Fabien Le Gourrierec é a mente por trás do Self Portraits.

Conforme Fabien confessa durante a entrevista abaixo, existe uma verdadeira fascinação pelo cast da gravadora sueca Labrador, casa de nada mais nada menos do que o Radio Dept.. Além dessa conexão, inclua nas referências, fortes doses de Felt e New Order e assim, esta completo o mundo dos sonhos adocicadamente eletrônicos entre melodias sonhadoras e melancolias diversas.

O Ep de estreia foi lançado pela Beko, ótimo selo francês por sinal.

Ouvir o Self Portraits é sonhar acordado, então bons sonhos.


***** Interview with Self Portraits *****


Q. When did Self Portraits start? Tell us about the history...
The project started three years ago when Reno from Beko Disques requested me for a Beko christmas compilation.

I didn't understand the whole request cause I did a Severed Heads cover who don't talk about christmas at all.

He laughed at me but really appreciate the song and the sound so, shortly after, I created the first Self Portraits' EP.

Q. Who are your influences?
I take my inspirations and influences in everything, but especially in the things i read everyday. From the free newspaper articles i read in the public transports to the comic books from Garth Ennis, Grant Morrison and Brian K. Vaughan.

Musically, I'm really into the swedish bands from Labrador and Sincerely Yours. I think The Radio Dept. is my first musical influence.

Q. Make a list of 5 albums of all time…
1: The Radio Dept – Pet Grief
2: Felt – Crumblic The Antiseptic Beauty
2 ex-aequo : The Embassy – Tacking
3: New Order – Technique
4: Disco Inferno – D.I. Go Pop
5: M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts

It can change everyday, but these five will always be in my top ten.

Q. How do you feel playing live?
I don't play live with this project...

Q. How do you describe Self Portraits sounds?
Electronic with hazed guitars.


Q. Tell us about the process of recording the songs ?
As i said before, I read things everyday. So, it always begin with a story or a theme.

For example, my song Kodokushi is about a recent societal phenomenon in japan who touch a lot of old and isolated people who die alone in their appartment and begin to decompose.

So...

After the theme, I think about the music and make the arrangements in my brain. I always start a song with a drum or a sample, then I try to find the best way to embroider the rythm. It could be a guitar picking or a synth wave.

I ended the song with the voices and lyrics.

Q. Which new bands do you recommend?
I won't be impartial, but I could highly recommend Orange Red and Fort Not, two swedish bands who released their songs on our label Scandinavian Crush.

https://soundcloud.com/scandinaviancrushlabel/orange-red-ocean

https://soundcloud.com/scandinaviancrushlabel/fort-not-it-is-love

Also, Valdorea and Djokovic are the best french acts right now.

Q. Which band would you love to made a cover version of?
I discovered Glorious Din recently. It's an eighties post-punk band from San Fransisco. It could be interesting to do a Glorious Din cover. My favorite song is Cello Tape from their album Leading Stolen Horses.

Q. What are your plans for the future?
I will try to finish The Witcher 3 at 100 % and made a new EP.

Q. Any parting words?
Timbale !
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Thanks

https://soundcloud.com/self-portraits
https://beko.bandcamp.com/album/self-portraits

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