The latest video from this UK gem of a band goes Disco/Retro and our feet can’t stop moving. Singer Nausicaä is one of the best new voices that’s come on the scene, her natural vocal power glides through each song. Paul Lisak’s solid Rockn’Roll guitar has that classic sound driving each track into the stratosphere.
Interview Meikee Magnetic
Where were you both born and where are you now?
Nausicaa: We were both born in France, though Paul was brought up in the UK, London, whereas I was brought up in France. So Paul is definitely British and I am French. We are however both Londoners at present.
Congrats on the new video ‘Fractured Life’ loving the Disco/Funk/Rock vibe! The song has a strong Retro vibe but you also brought a modern twist. What inspired this track?
Paul: We were looking initially to release a more dance orientated track as a single for the UK market. I had the string theme knocking around for a while, so we decided to build a song around it, which was by the way a lot of fun. This is not our typical type of song, so it quite literally brought us out of any comfort zone we had at the time! We immediately found it had a strong disco vibe, an ABBA / Boney M feel to it, so went with that. We tried sampled beats and keyboard bass, but real drums and instruments just sounded a lot better and stronger, so we also decided to go with the band vibe and give it some rock edge with funky guitars, especially the riff at the end.
How did you end up collaborating with rapper Crudded Badz?
Nausicaa: during the recording of the mid section with the operatic vocals, Paul had a sudden urge to include a rap and turned to our producer Nick Tauber asking if he knew any uk grime artist. Nick suggested that we hook up with Badz. It was a great choice. He’s a super guy, and his voice and style really fitted the song seamlessly. Last thing we wanted was a token feature. So it had to be right. Badz really loved the tune, and rapped perfectly with the flow of the beats and riffs. He also loved the sound of the real instruments over the samples, so confirmed our own choice, which was great.
This is definitely a dance floor shaker, any more songs coming in this style?
Paul: Well, it’s our first dance tune, but hopefully not our last! Let’s see what we can come up with. As long as we are happy with the song, then yes, we will definitely record more! But we are planning, come what may, a few more tunes involving some grime artists, and also hip hop beats. We’re enjoying this right now, and it all seems to fit into our sound, even fitting our other more rock and experimentally orientated compositions. The voice and guitar are after all the glue.
Did you have a stylist for the video shoot?
Paul: Our stylist is Nausicaa! Haha!
Nausicaa: For the moment, we choose our look and clothes, keeping it fun, a bit flamboyant, and sexy! We love the fluffy yellow coat… even better if we can find it in pink.
Tell us some behind the scenes fun on the shoot:
Paul: The shoot was a day long, and very intense! Not sure if the word « fun » applies! It was also made on a shoestring budget, so no time for thinking… just doing! But yes, lots of silly things said and done whilst walking around the East End of London – thankfully it wasn’t raining!!!
We’re excited to see what you do next, what are some future plans on the horizon?
Nausicaa: We are planning to record another couple of tracks with a grime artist, maybe a female grime artist next. They are really good, but female grime artists are totally under-represented in the UK. it’s still a very male dominated genre. So if you’re a female rap artist, please get in touch! We’d love to hear from you.
Paul: Yes, that would be great. We also want to start gigging, and are looking to put together a full album for 2020.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you now?
Nausicaa: Dark Beauty is a deep, rich chocolate cake, with a raspberry coulis coating the edges, breaking like a sweet red surf on a dark, forgotten beach. The Darker the better, had one of those last week in France!