Nouvelle Vague

With a “bande à part”


Nouvelle Vague, New Wave, Bossa Nova: You managed to bring together in one project three words with the same meaning but which show quite different things. Matter of fate?

Not at all, I realized it after the album was released.
I’m first of all a big fan of new wave and then I became a fan of bossa nova, but finally we can say these two genre of music are extremely different but share the same melancholy. That’s why the concept of Nouvelle Vague is working.

Main features of a “bande à part”:

I can speak about the project that is not a band. It’s a concept and as the producer I’m trying to gather the best casting to play the covers.
Calling olivier Libaux to produce with me and choosing each singer will do the best rendition of these covers.

The first voice who believed in your project:

I guess it was Mark Kirby, the a&r of Peacefrog, he understood and saw the potential of the project, in the meantime nobody has seen it in France.
The funny story is that when Melanie Pain came to sing her tracks on the first album, I told her that Nouvelle Vague was a cool project that would probably sold a bit in Japan and that’s all…
It’s exactly the opposite than has happened: the albums have sold a lot everywhere in the world except in Japan!

Are there any ghosts in your France you’re most nostalgic for?

I’m lucky because I’ve lived the last but still good years of post punk era, seeing live all the main band, then I was there at the begining of the house and techno movement. In general, I’m nostalgic of that time when music believed in the future using all the new technologies and trying to be different and new.


Your atmospheres, always so poised between Parisian cafes and exotic sunsets: if you had to choose, where would you spend the rest of your days?

I guess the best is to have two places, one in a sunny desert region, near the sea, and one in a big city. I never moved from Paris, I like this city, there’s a lot of creativity in there. I don’t dream of any other city.

Are we really still able to determine if a song is good or not, beyond the media and the music market?

Fortunately yes! Something should touches you, your heart, your sense of rhythm, etc.. You just like it, sometimes, not knowing why, but you just want to listen to it again!

The social network: a good thing or a trap for inspiration?

A really good thing for sure, it brings the opportunity to get all what your friends discovered, liked, didn’t like… Very inspiring. And a good way to communicate with your fans.

“Trois films par jour, trois livres par semaine, des disques de grande musique suffiraient à faire mon bonheur jusqu’à ma mort” — quote François Truffaut: How happy we are in our days?

I agree with this. I just read an amazing book of Joseph O’Connor, living a winter sleep, and these days I’m obsessed with Scott Walker! Most of all I got the time and freedom to read and to listen to good music.

The memory of your childhood you’re most fond of:

Oh, nice question… There are a lot… Just to stay on the music side, I like thinking of the first album I bought in vinyl. I was listening the whole album again and again, watching the pictures on the booklet.


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