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  • Culture  /  Musique

    SFSC20: Q&A with Nouvelle Vague

    20 November 2019

    The delightful and danceable Nouvelle Vague is as known for its chilled-out covers of new wave classics like ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ (Joy Division), ‘Guns of Brixton’ (The Clash) and ‘The Killing Moon’ (Echo & The Bunnymen) as the band is for its guest singers and rotating frontwomen, which have included Camille, Mélanie Pain, Vanessa Paradis, Elodie Frege and Phoebe Killdeer. French contemporary music royalty and one of Australia’s most-loved French acts, Nouvelle Vague have wowed us twice before at SFSC. This time, this vibrant band is celebrating its 15th anniversary and has promised Australian audiences something special. Ahead of its appearance, we spoke to Nouvelle Vague co-founder, film music composer and French musical icon Marc Collin about his return to our shores, the music he’s loving at the moment and what his latest discovery is.

     

    We love travelling and adventures, what was your last adventure and if you could road trip anywhere, where would it be?

    My last adventure was Iran last spring where I discovered the amazing country and culture. I would love to go to South America, Peru, Bolivia – I’ve never visited!

    What most excites you about coming to Australia?

    Sun, nature, picnics, friends and wine!

    You’ve had a lovely relationship with SFSC over the years, what has been your favourite memory?

    It’s hard to choose one because there are so many! Let’s say the last time we came – the concerts and to hang around with the people from Bertrand Belin and Liminianas! [SFSC17]

    What do you have planned for Australian audiences this time around?

    This year we are celebrating our 15th anniversary as a band, so it’s a special tour (maybe the last!) It is a new show where we wanted to come back to our initial formula,2 singers + one guitar, keyboards and no drums. We’ll be playing the “best of” Nouvelle Vague.

    What are your simple pleasures in life?

    Listening to music, watching TV series, having good food, enjoying nature (sea, mountains, the forest etc).

    What is a rule that is meant to be broken?

    In music, let’s say that almost every rule has been broken already – from Bach to Stockhausen – so maybe we can take the best from out of these schemes of rules?

    What is the biggest risk you’ve taken?

    Producing music and developing artists for 20 years is a constant risk, since I like it very much, I’m pushing even further by producing movies!

    What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given (and who gave it to you)?

    Following the last question, it was, “Take risks, always! And travel, visit the world and try to understand it.” I don’t remember who told this to me – maybe it was in a book!

    SFSC is all about discovery, can you share three things you discovered lately?

    Pasta with pistachio cream in Sicilia! Amazing! The north of Greece – cities like Edessa with waterfalls and mountains near the sea. The music of benoit Wideman.

    We’d love to know what’s on your summer playlist – can you share 7-10 tracks we should listen to?

    Channel Tres, ‘Top Town’

    Caroline Polachek, ‘Ocean of Tears’

    Fujiya and Miyagi, ‘Flashback’

    Pixx, ‘Disgrace’

    Alex Rossi, ‘Tutto va Bene’

    Hot Chip, ‘Hungry Child’

    Piero Piccioni, ‘Endless Summer’

    Scott Walker, ‘Butterfly’

    Benoit Wideman, ‘Tsunami’

    Tshegue, ‘Muanapoto’

    Erik Satie, ‘Danses de Travers’

     

    Catch Nouvelle Vague at SFSC20 this summer (MEL 12.01 | SYD 18.01) for more information and tickets head to https://www.sofrenchysochic.com

    Side shows: Adelaide 10.01 Book now  Brisbane 21.01 Book now