This Friday we have the pleasure of hosting French synthpop artist and remixologist, Anoraak (aka Frederic Riviere) at Bardot Speakeasy Lounge here in Miami. He and the rest of the Valerie Collective crew were an early inspiration for me. I appreciated their minimal retro electronic sound and seemed to fit in with my affinity toward Italo Disco. I had the pleasure of putting together some questions for Riviere, to which he responded:
ND: I was first introduced to Anoraak with the release of Nightdrive With You and was quickly turned on to the Valerie project with Minitel Rose, The Outrunners, Russ Chimes, College, Maethelvin, and yourself. Can you explain how this collective of artists came about?
Riviere: It’s really simple, we all met in the same city (Nantes) at a time we were all making similar musics, with similar images, and all coming from different backgrounds. For exemple, College is coming from the techno scene, as I’m from the indie-rock part, but we have in common a passion for 70′s/80′s movies and music, and the popular culture we grew up with.
ND: Your style of electronic music is often seen as a direct response to the heavy Justice/Ed Banger movement that came out of France in 2005. What movements have you seen in French electronic music since then?
Riviere: I’m not sure to have the necessary step-back to tell exactly, but I think there is something more chill and disco/funk in the electronic music now, and it’s for my pleasure! And it’s not particular to France, it’s global.
ND: How do you think your music has evolved since that time?
Riviere: It’s clearly looking much more like the music I really wanted to make from the beginning. When I started Anoraak a while ago, I knew about guitars and drums, but not about computers, and my goal was and still is to make the good combination between the instrumental part and the electronic one. I did the same with the live show, which evolved to a 3 pieces setup, guitar/keyboard – drum – bass. Maybe in 5 years we’ll be 10 on stage ;D
ND: Our name, Nightdrive, was partially inspired by your first album, Nightdrive With You. We noticed the phrase used by artists such as Giorgio Moroder, Kavinsky, and The Chromatics, but we liked how you combined it into one word. Was there something special about that concept?
Riviere: When I wrote the song, it was late at night, cold outside, and i was dreaming about a sweet summer nightdrive on some Californian road with a lovely girl. That’s the concept ;D
ND: You collaborated with vocalist Sally Shapiro on your track Don’t Be Afraid on your latest album, and one of my favorite remixes has been of her track Anorak Christmas. What sparked that relationship and have you been able to work with her directly?
Riviere: I actually don’t remember how I found myself remixing Anorak Christmas, but this was the first contact with her. We didn’t have any chance to meet up since then, we worked with internet connections!
ND: What’s next for Anoraak?
Riviere: Touring as much as we can with the full live setup, remixing, producing, djing and a 2nd LP asap!
Ticket Give Away:
12th response to email@example.com with answer to the following question wins 2 tickets to the show!
Name 3 artists that have remixed Anoraak’s title track ‘Nightdrive With You’
P.S: ANORAAK is shooting a music video tomorrow (2/24/11) on the beach behind 5875 Collins Ave on Miami Beach from 9 am – 1pm and he needs extras. Come be in the shoot looking like a typical “beach person”…. Plus they’ll be giving away Anoraak beach bags, CD’s….
See our previous post on Anoraak HERE
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