Indeed, how to remain insensitive to the groovy and sensual electro pop delivered by the recordings as well as the concerts of the Swiss musician ... From album to album, Love Motel proves us by the facts that he is actually a producer apart in the electro galaxy. Influenced as much by the sounds of rock as by the hot and dancing black-music and the soundtracks of road movies, Love Motel knows, better than anyone, mixing genres and covering tracks by colliding rough basses and celestial synthesizers carried by sensual voices. After 3 critically-acclaimed full-length albums Après le Paradis (2004), Mind The Void (2008) and We Are You (2012) he returns with The Perfect Male.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
It's hard to describe a unique genre, I would say that the Love Motel's trademark is recycling different influences, mixing and messing them up, and eventually stitching them into electronic, groovy and pop-rock tracks.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
In the US pop culture and urban folklore, motels have always been havens for horror, secret love stories, violence, intrigues or crimes. A movie director said that they are like labyrinths of secret histories and I like the fact that everybody has its own perception of these places depending on their personal background and cinematographic or biographic references. It's up to our imagination to fantasize what is going on behind a closed door from a motel room.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
I don't know (anymore) but I think it's time to kill our idols ;)
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I have just launched a project which is about challenging gender stereotypes on the internet. It's a YouTube page featuring 2 video clips that were made for a track called New Jersey Girl. The lyrics from this track were inspired by the reality show Jersey Shore and are a copy and paste of clichés and sometimes more offensive comments exchanged on online platforms about the Italian-American women : a mind-blowing exploration into the depths of the (predominantly male) collective American unconscious.
The next step will be to ask female directors to create new video clips so that these clichés are being questioned through women's eyes and I am very excited about these future collaborations. To check the project called The Jersey Incident : www.bit.ly/LMjersey
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I will quote one of my favorite band called Gang of Four "To have ambitions was my ambition"
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
It's a track called "Nasty" and it sounds like T-Rex or Bowie in the mid seventies when glam rock was at its best. The guitar is pretty wild and I like to see people dancing on it cause it's a perfect mix between rock gimmicks and the hypnotic effects of electronic music.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Back in 1996, the first time I switched on the sampler I had just bought (it was an Akaï 3000) and really didn't know if I would be able to use it or not as I wasn't really a techno savvy.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I am always "listening" to the world and I can see how the internet has become a fascinating and yet repulsive mirror of our society. It is this idea that I have explored while composing The Perfect Male that I wanted to be the soundtrack of now. Writing this new album gave me the chance to develop a real critical thinking toward this global media used by almost 3 billiards of people.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Yes, actually I'm working a lot more on video clips in order to promote my tracks on the social media. People don't listen to a whole album anymore, they like to pick up a track from your music and listen to it until they pick up another one so the visual contents are much more important than before. Some would regret the good old times but I think it's very challenging to adapt ourselves to the new way of experiencing music on the internet. It's also very interesting for an artist to create a more intimate relation with people around the world by showing what's behind the scenes.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Old ambient stuff from Brian Eno, Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin. Not very funny but essential !
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
I think they know much better than us what to do and have a very good understanding of the social media as a fantastic tool to get where they want to.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Make love (in motels) not war !
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