He’s a French American musician and video producer. His electronic music is inspired by 80s movies, video games and manga. After 10 years of touring in Europe with metal bands, he started to write and produce his first Synthwave album named “Synth City” in 2015. It was inspired by cyberpunk culture as well as manga’s like Ghost in the Shell, Akira and old 80s/90s video games. Since 2016, he has been touring France and the USA, performing with his own video show and analog synthesizers on stage.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born in Paris year 1984. Until my 20s, I grew up in Paris then moved around Biarritz, in the Southwest of France. Now I’m in Los Angeles at the moment of this interview. I came into the U.S. a few months ago with my partner who’s a tattoo artist and I started touring in the U.S. with her.
What are your musical skills and what’s your main instrument?
I can’t say about my own musical skills but the genres I play in metal are described as technical with fast rhythms riffs and technical guitar solos. I’ve played with metal bands for more than 10 years. My main instrument is the guitar and vocals, but I also compose with other instruments like bass guitar, drums, and synthesizer.
Do you record and produce your own music?
With Shredder 1984, I’ve done the recording and producing myself. I’ve done that a few times in metal too. I’ve been several times in a recording studio with bands and it’s crazy expensive. When you have the patience and do it yourself, the result ends up being more like what you expect.
Can you remember when your fascination with video games started and what were some of the games and consoles?
There are tons of them, I still have all my childhood consoles and games at home, from the Atari 2600 to the Playstation 2, I must say it takes up a full room! I think I have all the consoles that were released in France, and this includes some bad ones. Some of my favorites games were Street Fighter, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, Streets of Rage, or Silent Hill. I remember spending hours or days trying to solve some games when I was a kid, the gameplays could be really bad and difficult to finish.
You recently played live in San Francisco, tell us some highlights about the night:
So I played at the Turbo Drive night at the DNA Lounge, that was a really good audience, the room was packed and people were very enthusiastic. That was one of my favorite shows of this tour, I can remember people in the crowd dressed as ninjas and Cowabunga cocktails at the bar, the sound and lights were good, so everything was perfect!
Photo by Devon Dossett
How excited are you about your new EP ’Undead Thrasher’?
I had this EP in my head for a long time, so I’m glad it finally came out. The writing process was with the guitar, groovy riffs and different melodies that matched together. You’ll find a lot of changes in the drum beat if you listen. Also, I signed up with the label Jet Set Trash this April and they’ll be releasing the EP.
Have you noticed a rise in Synthwave events?
You also have a metal project, how do you keep balance between them both?
With my metal band we make it work, we’ve were friends before being a band. Last summer we were in Europe for a tour and played with bands like Testament or Soulfly. Even if we’re not with each other all year long, we keep working for the band and compose new albums. We also just released a new music video a week ago and we have a tour in Japan in September.
Since the start of Shredder 1984 what are some of the high points of the project?
I really wanted to go to the US because this is part of my roots. With Shredder 1984, I met great people who I’m able to travel and tour in this country with. We’ve become great friends stopping by for visiting at the same time. I feel the Synthwave genre is a big family where artists are open to each other.
NIGHT.wav at Echoplex in LA
Future plans with this project?
I have shows coming up on the East coast, and I’m planning some shows in Europe as well. Most of my musical influences come from Japan so I’d love go play shows there! I also already have my next album in my head.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
In the movies, it’s often the bad guys that look the coolest! I prefer Darth Vader over Yoda or Shredder over Splinter.