10 Fragen / 10 Antworten
1. When and why did you become a musician
Charlie (singer): I was 17, very shy but with a strong imagination and a hidden powerful voice. Everything started from a party where a guy played guitar. I liked it so much I started to sing in the garden in front of the people at this rock party and something magic happened. He asked me whether I was interested to play in a rock band and even if I was so shy I said yes. I was really scared to be in front of people. Today, I’m like a dragon on stage, proud to fight against my fears.
Kevin (bass): When 15 or 16-year-old, it appeared to me that it would be cool to play with friends: first some covers, and quickly creating and writing our own songs.
2. What are your characteristics? What makes you special?
Kevin: As a band, I think we have two characteristics: the madness and the energy. Or maybe only one… the energy of our madness.
Charlie : Our visual identity is a mixture of violence and glitters, a universe that is at the same time dark and glam. On stage we are like animals (I am a raccoon myself).
3. Who and what inspired you??
Fernand (guitar and composer): I think that we all share some love for electronic tunes and new wave (Depeche Mode) as well as more powerful and industrial things (NIN, Rammstein). Personally I am a big fan of Filter.
Charlie : As for music I love the Prodigy, Rammstein, Poppy, In this moment, Marilyn Manson and of course Keith Flint, the muse of punk-rave-electro music. RIP man. For the visual I love David Lachapelle and Andy Warhol.
Kevin: We are also influenced by other art, movies, theater or books. For instance, I am a huge Clive Barker fan. I love his skill to turn some common object from the real world into doors leading to a forgotten part of our fantasies and dreams.
5. How do you imagine listening to your music? Where do you like to listen?
Charlie : having an orgy with unicorns…
Hector (drums): … and also while a workout, or losing myself walking through Paris streets.
4. Who are your most important role models and why?
Charlie : the raccoons are important to me because there are wild and cute and capricious like me.
Kevin: I am as inspired by Simon Gallup from the cure as Flea from the red hot… My two favorite ones are definitely Kim Lhung from Zeromancer and Steve Harris from Maiden. Those four ones can deliver precise and powerful bass parts.
6. What role do social media play in your career? How important is YouTube or Instagram for you?
Kevin: Social media really helps to stay in touch with the audience, discuss and spread some news. We also consider haters as they give us a good topic to discuss within the band when we have a drink together.
7. Do you actually do anything besides the music?
8. What has been the best performance you’ve seen so far?
Charlie: Leading the factory of Charlie & the raccoons.
Hector: more seriously, we all have a daily job that has nothing to do with music nor unicorns…
Charlie: Maybe the last one – which was Lindemann. He’s really crazy and has no taboo. I don’t have the feeling he has limits. It’s how a Rockstar should be.
Kevin: Concerts (like women) can be full of unexpected good or bad surprises. For instance, I really liked Motionless in white two years ago in Paris and Garbage even though I did not like their music at the time.
9. Who should play you when your life is filmed?
10. Last question: What do you want for the next 10 years, what do you need for it?
Charlie : the actress Maisie Williams playing Arya Stark in Games of Thrones.
Kevin: Brad Pitt, but he would have to be good
The Unicorn: Love, sex, glitters, raccoons and unicorns. As a high priest in the Church of Freaks, I will make sure that happens in due time.