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Foretaste - conducted by Todd E. Jones  

The Beautiful Creatures Of Foretaste

July 2006

MVRemix: Favorite electronic instrument?

Pierre: I can only play keyboards. So, your question is hard for me! But, I used to say that the vocoder is the most romantic instrument.

MVRemix: Most songs are created by only you two. Do you enjoy working with other musicians?

Sylvie: Why not in the future? But for the first album, we tried to tell what we had to tell. I don't know if we will have the chance to have good collaborations. We are open-minded.

MVRemix: Why do you use mainly electronic instruments?

Sylvie: Because they are very simple to use. By pressing the ‘Play’ button, you can make people dance all night!

MVRemix: How do you think electronic music has evolved throughout the years?

Sylvie: It's now very easy to make a self product at home, but it doesn't mean that you're a talented artist.

Pierre: I agree. You can use thousands of software but, if you're not inspired, you won't make a hit.

MVRemix: When creating songs, do you go into the studio with pre-written lyrics and themes, or do you create the music first? What is the creative process like?

Pierre: We use to write the music before. Then, we try many vocal lines.

Sylvie: We try a lot of things before recording the song. Sometimes, when vocals are recorded, we change all the music and create new melodies.

MVRemix: Foretaste is signed to the BOREDOMproduct label. How did you get involved with them? How are they different from other labels?

Pierre: BOREDOMproduct only signs French bands who make pure synth-pop music. I don't know if they are different from other indie labels, but they helped us and supported us a lot.

Sylvie: We were both fans of Celluloide before signing with BOREDOMproduct. We do like their vision for electronic French acts. We wanted the same thing, a very good album!

MVRemix: Musically, who are you major influences?

Sylvie: We listen to many kinds of music. Our inspirations are Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, Front 242, Client, Goldfrapp, Ladytron, Celluloide, Muse, Propaganda, Angelo Badalamenti, Air, Indochine, David Bowie, and Manson, for example.

MVRemix: What was it like growing up in France? What kind of kids were you?

Pierre: Normal guy with a normal life.

Sylvie: Normal girl, until I met Pierre.

MVRemix: What is your favorite part of your live show?

Pierre: The moment we are coming on stage.

MVRemix: How has your live show evolved?

Pierre: We only played about five or six concerts in France in 2005 and one concert for a Synth-pop festival in Belgium. We used to play different versions of our songs. We always liked to make our gigs more danceable than the album.

MVRemix: Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

Sylvie: Martin Gore didn't answer for the moment.

Pierre: Maybe, an Italian band called Babylonia. I really like their first album.

MVRemix: What has been in your CD player or on your turntable recently?

Pierre: Elvis ‘Best of’.

Sylvie: Devision ‘6 Feet Underground’.

MVRemix: Out of all of songs, which ones do you love the most? Why?

Pierre: Hard question, but I would say ‘The Damned Don't Cry’ by Visage. I do like the Arpeggiator on that song.

Sylvie: Hard question too. Maybe, ‘Ice Machine’ by Depeche Mode because it's one of their darkest songs.

MVRemix: Can you explain the song ‘You’re Trying Hard To Look Human’? That is one of my favorites.”

Pierre: At the beginning, it was just a very short track. We wanted to use a sentence from the track ‘Beautiful Creatures’, when the creature in TV says, ‘I'm real for you, just for you’.

Sylvie: It starts with a slow Rhodes theme. It sounds human and different because we didn't used to play that kind of instrument. But at the end of the song, electronic instruments are more present and win the fight.

MVRemix: You covered ‘King’s Cross’ for The Pet Shop Boys tribute album (on Synthphony Records). Why did you choose this song?

Pierre: Believe me or not, we recorded this song the same day of the terrorist attack against the Subway station King's Cross in London.

Sylvie: We love this song but, we wanted to make a dancing track. So, we changed the tempo.

MVRemix: Where were you on Sept. 11th (The World Trade Center Terrorist Attack)? How did you deal with it? How do you think it has affected music? What was Europe’s reaction?

Pierre: I will never forget this day. I was in my office in Paris with some colleagues. We watched TV during the 5 or 6 hours non stop. Everybody stopped work. But, I don't think that it changed anything in music.

Sylvie: I remember when I saw the second plane hits the tower. Then, I said, ‘This is the beginning of the end’.

MVRemix: Can you explain the song ‘Re-Love’? That is another one of my favorites.

Pierre: That song is very simple. We wrote it in a very short time. The first album of Miss Kitten inspired us a lot for that one.

Sylvie: We wanted to try something else with my voice. I wanted to speak during the whole song but Pierre told me, ‘You're not Anne Clark you must sing the chorus line!’

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"We wanted to try something else with my voice. I wanted to speak during the whole song but Pierre told me, ‘You're not Anne Clark you must sing the chorus line!’"