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Layabozi Interview with Rinocerose

Rinôçérose is a French electro band based in Montpellier. They released an album called Futurino last year to popular and critical acclaim. Band member Jean-Philippe Freu heads the band, along with his wife, Patrice Carrié. Jean-Philippe was kind enough to have a chat with us over Skype a while back. Dario helped us out with the translation into Chinese.

Layabozi: OK, well thanks for taking the time to chat with Layabozi in Shanghai. We have been listening to your new album and really like it.

Jean-Philippe: It’s probably our most pop album. We worked with a lot of guests on it and we did songs!! We are particularly proud of some of them!

LBZ: I really like the one with Ninja from Go! Team! I saw them a couple years back here and they had a lot of energy (especially her). How was it to work with her? And how was the song written?

JP: We are also fans of the Go! Team!. We contacted her and asked her to come to Montpellier for a studio session. The track was already recorded and she tried some stuff on it – rapping singing. For the lyrics we asked her to write on the “time machine” theme. She liked the idea (but she didn’t take 300 years, just a couple of months when her lover was more in love with her.) It’s really fun and romantic!

LBZ: Yes, it’s really fun. But let’s go back to the beginning: Can you tell us about how you all became rinôçérose and how you became a popular band?

JP: In the middle 90s we tried with Patou to imitate our favorite house tracks with very cheap and unadapted instruments (small and cheap keyboards, guitars!! no synthesizers!) We found our sound like this. The early demo got strong interest from some labels and we released our first album Retrospective on a Spanish label (Elefant records.) After that, V2 England signed us for the album Installation Sonore, released in 1999. Then we started touring worldwide! It rocks.

LBZ: So you and Patou are both from Montpellier? We are interested to hear just a little bit about your city and how it affects your music.

JP: It’s a cool city, sunny with a very young population because of all the universities. The sea is just 7 minutes driving from my house! It’s a kind of French California!! But it’s difficult to analyze how it affects our music.

LBZ: So cool! Sounds great. I read that Nostradamus went to university there. Anything to say about rinôçérose and Nostradamus?

JP: He says that we gonna rock electro until the end of the world!

LBZ: It seems that you have changed quite a lot as a band, especially for the last record. You have moved from house music to a more diverse sound. What has caused this change?

JP: After 2 instrumental albums we wanted to experiment at working with vocals. We did it on 2 albums (Schyzophonia and Futurino.) We are actually working on a new album and we are going back into instrumental tracks!

LBZ: So no vocals for the album you are working on?

JP: Yes, some, but probably just one or two. No more than three.

LBZ: About vocals: Rinocerose sings mostly in English. What is the reason for this and what are the difficulties in singing in a non-native language?

JP: Because rock ‘n roll is English! There are no particular difficulties because the singers write the songs and they are all English or American

LBZ: Your song “The Cubicle” has been used for an iPod commercial. How do you feel about that now? And: Which movie soundtrack do you wish Rinocerose had been part of?

JP: “Cubicle” is (probably because of the commercial) our most popular tracks! and by the time it opened to us the Japanese market. I would love to be in a Scorsese movie with thieves and guns.

LBZ: Yes, you have a good connection in Japan. Also, you just missed out on the new Scorsese movie coming out soon. Too bad. I could see your music in one of the scenes where the mafiosos go on a crime spree. We want to see you here in China. Any info about that? Also, if you were to play Shanghai, China, where would you play? We have small, grimy underground clubs where you are more likely to encounter the locals, fancy foreigner clubs, or the larger concert venues. Choose one…

JP: If you want to see the Futurino show with all the towers and stuff we definitely need a large venue, but we also like small clubs, so you choose.

LBZ: We just want to see you, but tell me a little about your stage show now, please.

JP: It’s an imaginary city projected by 3D projectors on 5 towers (4 meters high.) It’s great you can check on youtube or the Electronic Shadows website (the Parisian designers who create the set up and images.) We play all the Rino classics and the best, last song from Futurino.

LBZ: Sounds pretty cool! Now for a funny question: What is the flaw that makes you perfect?

JP: I love to wear wigs when I’m DJing, but I always look ridiculous.

LBZ: And what about Patou? Can you speak for her?

JP: No, she’s very secretive!

LBZ: Let’s play a short word game: I give you some French musicians; you tell me the first thing that comes to your mind about them. The first thing! OK? No cheating. Here we go…Edith Piaf.

JP: La vie en “rinôçérose”

LBZ: Serge Gainsbourg.

JP: The biggest!

LBZ: Daft Punk.

JP: They are robots! (French ultra technologic robots!)

LBZ: Phoenix.

JP: My friends…the coolest band in France.

LBZ: JUSTICE.

JP: Dance! Jessie, our guest singer, wrote the song dance with them.

LBZ: AIR.

JP: Sexy? Or not sexy?!

LBZ: Charlotte Gainsbourg.

JP: Incest! Lemon Incest.

LBZ: OK, last one: Jordy, the Talking Baby (Dur, Dur d’Etre un Bebe)

JP: Now he should sing “Dur, dur d’être un adult!”

LBZ: Are there any other French bands I should be listening to right now (as well as our readers)?
JP: You could check the last Philippe Katerine album, who was a great success in France. We know him. He is a cool guy and a real artist!

LBZ: I will do that. Is there any artist who has influenced you sound-wise and that, most likely, no one would ever think of? We saw many, many influences on yr myspace page, but maybe the most important or most surprising?

JP: My Bloody Valentine, Daft Punk, The Stones, The Cure, and The Velvet Underground! Maybe not surprising, but true.

LBZ: How is it to be a husband and wife together in a band? Tell us some of the joys and miseries, please.

JP: The misery is you can’t bring any groupies into your hotel room! The joy is you always stay close to your wife on tour.

LBZ: I hear that. Tell me, what is the future of the band, what is going to happen with rinocerose in the coming months and years?

JP: Actually, we are working on a new album and we want to do it quickly. We have strong inspiration at the moment and we think we’re gonna work in England with Jagz Kooner as the producer (the one who produced “Panic Attack” on the last album.) It’s gonna be more an instrumental album with a couple of songs quite arty and groovy in the same time.

LBZ: You have not hit a lot of Asia. Can we expect that anytime soon? Let us know if we can help.

JP: If you want to help us you could contact our tour agency: P Pole, ask for Clement. The number is 04 67 12 81 72. It would be nice because we would love to come and play in Asia.

Layabozi:那么,谢谢你在上海抽了时间跟LYBZ聊聊天。 我们听过你们的新专辑而觉得不错。

Jean-Philippe:这大概是我们的最Pop的专辑。有很多客座来了客串合作新歌。我们为一些歌而特别感到骄傲!

LYBZ:我真的很喜欢你们跟Go!Team!的Ninja合作演奏的那首。我一两年前在这里见过他们而觉得他们有很大的劲头,特别是她。你们与她合作新歌怎样?

JP:我们也是Go!Team!迷。我们给她联系问她要不要来Montpellier录音一首歌。音乐都已经录好了,她只要加歌词,就是饶舌那种。我们想她写关于‘时间机器’的歌词。她很喜欢这种内容但是她并不需要300年,只她男朋友特别爱她的两个月。真的很有意思并且很浪漫!

LYBZ:对,很有意思。但我们再说一说本来的内容,就是你可以告诉我们你门怎么组织了Rinocerose这个音乐队而开始流行起来吗?

JP:90年代中我和Patou开始用很便宜的乐器(键盘,吉他,没有合成乐器)来演奏我们最喜欢的浩室歌曲。这样我们开始找到自己的风格。几家唱片公司开始对我们第一样本唱片非常感兴趣,然后一家西班牙的唱片公司(Elefant Records)发行了我们的首张专辑的Retrospective。后来V2 England唱片公司叫了我们做在1999年发行的第二张新专辑的Installation Sonore。以后我们开始全球巡演。太酷了!

LYBZ:那么,你和Patou两个人都是Montpellier人吗?这是怎样的城市,对你们的音乐有怎样的影响呢?

JP:Montpellier是不错的城市,因为有很多大学,所以年轻人多。从我的家开车到海边只花七分钟!就是一种法国的加利福尼亚!不过,它怎么影响我们的音乐很难说。

LYBZ:太好了!好像不错!我听说过Nostradamus在那边上过大学。Rinocerose和Nostradamus有什么关系吗?

JP:有。他说到世界的尽头我们要一直演奏Electro-Rock音乐!

LYBZ:哈哈!我们认为他是你们的先祖。开玩笑。不过,法国,Electro,Glitter,Transgender,Rock,多种合作,Visual,浩室,attitude,合成器,conceptual。。。你们有好多特点。为了创作一张优胜的专辑把这么多成分混合起来的时候,最难的是什么?

JP:创作好听的歌曲!

LYBZ:你们的音乐有很多变化,特别是你们最新的唱片。你们从浩室音乐到了不同的风格。为什么?

JP:创作两张器乐专辑以后,我们想试用人声。我们作了两张用人声的专辑(Schyzophonia和Futurino)。其实我们正在创作一张器乐新专辑!

LYBZ:那么,你们正在创作的专辑中没有人声的歌曲吗?

JP:嗯,有几首,可能只有一两首。不会超过三首。

LYBZ:关于人声,你们的歌词大部分是英文的。为什么?用非母语来唱歌难不难?

JP:因为Rock’n’Roll都是英文的!我们不觉得特别难,因为歌手自己写歌词。他们都是美国、英国人。

LYBZ:The Cubicle这首歌做了iPod的广告配乐。你觉得怎样?你希望未来你们的音乐做怎样的电影的配乐呢?

JP:The Cubicle就是我们的最有名的歌曲(大概是因为广告的原因)。并且它帮我们进入日本市场。我盼望做Scorsese的电影的配乐。有盗窃犯,有手枪,真厉害!

LYBZ:对,应该很适合。太可惜你们没有做Scorsese的那部马上要发行的新电影的配乐。我觉得你们的音乐会很配那些黑手党员开始作案的场景。我们想参观你们在中国的音乐会。有可能性吗?如果你们来到中国上海演奏的话,你们想在哪里演奏呢?我们这里有一些本地人喜欢的地下的酒吧、为了外国人的优等酒吧及较大的演唱会场地。你选择哪一个?

JP:你们想参观Futurino的音乐会的话,那最好选择演唱会场地。但我们也很喜欢小酒吧,所以你们来决定吧。

LYBZ:我们只有参观你们的音乐会才行。现在请你介绍一下你们的舞台表演。

JP:是一座用三维投影机在五座塔(高4米)上投射的假想城市。太好,你们可以在YouTube上或在Electronic Shadow(设计了舞台的法国巴黎公司)网站上检查一下。我们演奏自己的古典,还有Futurino的最好几首。

LYBZ:好像不错!我有好玩的问题想问一下:你们有什么缺陷让你们完美的?

JP:我当DJ的时候喜欢戴假发,但我好可笑。

LYBZ:Patou呢?

JP:我不敢说。她是非常爱保密的。

LYBZ:我们玩一种文字游戏怎样?我说几个法国歌手的名字,你快说关于他们的感觉。快一点好吗?不许作弊。好的,我们开始:Edith Piaf。

JP:La vie en Rinocerose

LYBZ:Serge Gainsbourg.

JP:最伟大的!

LYBZ:Daft Punk。

JP:他们是机器人!(法国超工艺机器人!)

LYBZ:Phoenix。

JP:我的朋友。。。法国的最酷的音乐队。

LYBZ:JUSTICE。

JP:跳舞!(Jessie,跟我们合作的歌手,帮助了他们写Dance这首歌曲)。

LYBZ:AIR。

JP:性感?不性感?

LYBZ:Charlotte Gainsbourg。

JP:Incest!Lemon incest!(乱伦!柠檬乱伦!)

LYBZ:Un zest du citron。好玩的是这位女士因为这件事而会永远有名。她和Beck刚刚发行了新专辑。

JP:对。

LYBZ:你喜欢吗?

JP:我只听过单曲。还可以。

LYBZ:下一个:Jordy,会说话的婴儿(Dur,dur d’Etre un Bebe)

JP:现在他应该唱Dur, dur d’Etre un Adult!

LYBZ:还有什么法国音乐队你推荐我们去听吗?

JP:你试试听Philippe Katerine的最新专辑。他现在在法国很红的。他不错而且他是实在的艺术家!

LYBZ:我一定要去听听。有没有一个没人想到过而影响你们的音乐风格?你们的MY SPACE网站上有很多影响你们的艺术家的名字,谁是最重要、最意外的呢?

JP:My Bloody Valentine, Daft Punk, The Stones, The Cure, The Velvet Underground!可能不算意外但是实在的。

LYBZ:夫妻做音乐队怎样。有什么好坏?

JP:坏的是不会请骨肉皮来我的酒店房间!好的是演巡的时候会在我老婆的身边。

LYBZ:我知道了。你说,未来的Rinocerose会怎样?

JP:其实,现在我们正在创作新的专辑。我们想快一点做完。目前我们有很深的灵感。我们打算跟制作人Jagz Kooner(他制作了我们的最新专辑中的Panic Attack)合作。这张专辑会又文雅又时髦一点。

LYBZ:你们从来不太来亚洲演巡。你们会马上来吗?我们可以帮忙的话,就告诉我们。

JP:你们想帮我们来亚洲演巡的话,你们会联系我们演巡公司:P Pole,找Clement先生。电话号码是04 67 12 81 72。我们期待来亚洲演巡的机会!

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