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.


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.



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 !