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  • Musique

    SFSC20: Q&A with Phillipe Cohen Solal

    03 November 2019

    If you’ve wandered into any hip, Parisian-style café in the last fifteen years anywhere in the world, we guarantee you’ve heard the tango-meets-electronica tunes of French act Gotan Project. The Paris based trio are true pioneers in music and are credited with forging a new genre that defined an era for many music lovers.

    Co-founder and discophile Philippe Cohen Solal will be closing SFSC this summer with a very special DJ set of tropical bass, tango beats, afro-house, moombahton, mash-up and sans oublier French touch revival, promising to round-out the day with a rich hit of Parisian culture, element of surprise, a retro-futuristic mood and world music flair.

     

    Ahead of his appearance at SFSC20, we spoke to legendary DJ and musician about Australia, his simple pleasures and rules that are meant to be broken.

     

    What most excites you about coming to Australia?

    I always loved being down under and I have only ever had good experiences in Australia. When I was on tour with my band Gotan Project or my solo project’s The Moonshine Sessions tour, it was always a blast! And that is without even mentioning that I’m very happy to escape the European winter! 😉

     

    Since it’s your first time playing SFSC, what can Australian audiences expect from your DJ set?

    You can expect festive, sexy and soulful music. I enjoy surprising the audience with my selection and taking people on a musical journey. Meanwhile, you can expect tropical bass, Latin grooves, afro-digital beats and a special tribute to the French touch.

     

    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 in Sri Lanka, I’ve been twice just this year to DJ and chill. I would love to do a road trip in Australia but my ultimate dream is to discover Polynesia, particularly the Marquesas Islands to visit Gauguin and Jacques Brel’s grave.

     

    What are your simple pleasures in life?

    Creating music and cooking food or creating food and cooking music.

     

    What is a rule that is meant to be broken?

    Break the rules, but start with yours first.

     

    What is the biggest risk you’ve taken? 

    Walking alone on a wooden pier on the North Sea in Sweden on Boxing Day, breaking a shoulder by falling and staying 45 minutes in the freezing water until the help arrived. Severe hypothermia. Near-death experience.

     

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

    My cousin Marc Solal gave me the best advice at 20 when I was pretending to study law at University. He told me that I could make my hobby, music, a job. I started to love to work… and became a workaholic.

     

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

    1. Bourienne shirts. They’re in my neighbourhood in Paris and create beautiful white shirts inspired by 19th-century models. I wear them when I want to feel special.
    2. My DJ standalone Pioneer RX2 is my new musical instrument.
    3. Last but not least, I recently discovered that I could trust myself. The greatest discovery!

     

    We’d love to know what’s on your summer playlist what tracks should we listen to?

    ‘45’ by Thomas Dybdahl.  He’s a genius…and a friend.

    ‘Minouche’ by Rachid Taha   He was a friend too. I miss him.

    ‘Écoute-Moi Camarade’ by Mazouni. Very genuine and naive 70’s French oriental music. Rachid covered this track in Diwan 2

    ‘Party in my pussy’ by Catastrophe, a fresh and crazy French band.

    ‘Momento’  by Bruno Capinan, a Bahianese singer based in Toronto. We wrote this song together. Very 80’s, very Brasil.

    ‘Le temps est bon’ by Bon Entendeur.

    ‘Where or when’ by Dion & Belmonts or Peggy Lee

    ‘What goes around’ by myself (a.k.a Philippe Cohen Solal 😉 & Chassol. Because it’s a feel-good track and I’m very proud when people think that I sampled a 50’s hit standard when it’s a completely new original.

     

    Catch Phillipe Cohen Solal at SFSC20 this summer, for more information and tickets head to sofrenchysochic.com