princesse_incongrue: Florent Mothe looking over his shoulder, singing, pain on his face (emo salieri)
 Original interview here.

In order to promote the upcoming tour of Mozart l'Opéra Rock: Le Concert, Florent Mothe was Bernard Montiel's guest on his Saturday, May 24th episode of "M comme Montiel" on MFM Radio.  A that time, the actor who plays Antonio Salieri in the successful musical revisited that amazing adventure, his physique, spirituality, and voting for the conservatives.
 
Concerning the new tour, the 33-year-old singer didn't try to hide how impatient he was to get back onstage with part of the Troupe of the musical.  This time it's not longer a question of acting, but just concerts with a symphonic orchestra... Unfortunately, geopolitical events forced the producers to delay the opening performances.  "We created this tour with a symphonic orchestra and a chorus that came from Kiev in Ukraine.  Due to recent events they are currently unable to leave their country.  It's the state orchestra and chorus of Kiev, and the orchestra relies on the Ministry of Culture which no longer exists.  They are waiting until the elections are over, and they're stuck," he explained.
 
Now pushed back to the end of the summer, this tour will allow Florent Mothe to get back in touch with his audience after the release of his first album Rock in chair in April 2013.  Though the performer is enjoying his notoriety now, he indicated that he wasn't always so comfortable in his own skin.  "I think I look good now, but I wasn't always.  When I was young I was heavier, girls didn't like me.  It leaves you without a lot of self-confidence... so you turn to music," he said.
 
In a talkative mood, Florent also expounded on his spiritual phase!  Hesitant to tell the story at first, the singer finally said that he believes he met the devil in person.  "I met the devil. It was in Toronto, and I'd been through a sort of spiritual phase when I lived in Canada. One night, there was a guy and I told myself 'there's no way that's the devil' and right when I thought that I looked at him, and he was twenty meters away talking to someone else and he looked at me out of the corner of his eye.  It surprised me.  The next day we found out that his name was Damon."
 
Very frank throughout the traditional news segment, Florent Mothe gave MFM Radio listeners his own take on the rise of the National Front, after having mentioned that he abstained from the last election.  "The National Front is on the rise just because there are dumbasses who vote for the National Front, not because there are people who refuse to vote... I gained a lot of respect for Paris when, during the presidential elections, we saw that Paris had the least votes for the National Front.  That made me really happy and proud to be a Parisian," he said.
 
The tour of Mozart l'Opéra Rock: the Concert begins September 20th in Caen and will also play at the Palais des Sports in Paris from the 25th through the 28th of next September.
princesse_incongrue: Florent Mothe looking over his shoulder, singing, pain on his face (emo salieri)
 

 Original video here


Do you want to know everything about Florent Mothe? His dreams, his plans, his secrets--he'll tell you everything during our special, "Questions from Fans".
 
Can you share any secrets about your new album with us?
 
The album is going to be a little more- a little more sunny. A little happier.  My first album was a little depressed.  Since then I've gone through some things that have made me smile, so that will show up on the next album.  It's a little more dreamy, kind of, a little wackier too.  The people who knew my music from before Mozart might find a little bit of silliness that I had before.
 
Will there be collaborations [with other singers] on the new album?
 
I worked with a guy called Elian, who's a rapper who does hardcore rap.  What they did with me was really political and really funny, it works really well.  And I also composed a lot of songs by myself at home, and I did collaborations with, uh, with Olivia Reine (?), with a group called "Mutine", who are just starting to get noticed.  I worked a little bit with my brother.  There you go.
 
What is your favorite song to perform onstage?
 
That depends on the context.  It depends on the ambiance.  For me, the song I liked best from my first album was Astérisque, a song I wrote with Ycare, which I really like to sing.  So, Astérisque.
 
How are you feeling as you prepare to go back onstage with your comrades from MOR?
 
I'm excited, and mostly it's to see the French public again.  Because my friends from Mozart and I pretty much left each others' company since we already toured together last year in Russia and right now we're doing a lot of promotion work together, we're filming a lot.  I think we're mostly excited to put this show on together for the French public.  That's most of our excitement: being on the French stage again.
 
What is your favorite memory from the Mozart tour?
 
There are so many, we really had a lot of fun doing the tour, both tours.  I did a lot of acting with Yamin Dib, who played Count Rosenberg, a really colorful character.  We had a lot of fun together, so I have really great memories of that, especially when we broke onstage I couldn't even deliver my lines, I just had to leave the stage.  And the final performances at Bercy were really emotionally-charged.  It was beautiful.  It was difficult, but it was beautiful.
 
In one interview, you said you didn't wear anything under your Salieri costume.  Is that true?
 
Yes, it's true.  The story- the backstory is that we're very superstitious in the world of music, and in musicals.  And I was afraid of having any lucky clothes, especially lucky underwear, because I had a friend who told me he had had lucky underwear, and the day he forgot to wear them we put on a terrible concert.  So I didn't wear anything at all.  I never should have said that- I'm so embarrassed.
 
Which singer most inspired you and pushed you toward this line of work?
 
When I was at the age where I wanted to start a band, the band I listened to the most was Guns and Roses.  It was Axl Rose the singer from Guns and Roses.  And there was, there was Korn and Deaf Tones.  That was just for rock.  Other than that, ever since, it's been rediscovering John Lennon, rediscovering Amy Winehouse, [???], Gainesbourg... not so much the singing, but Gainesbourg... yeah!... not really my style.  But it's inspiring anyway.
 
Have you considered going back to screamo?
 
Yeah, I started out in heavy metal.  And I listen to it a lot less now because I don't think it's that good these days, it involves less creation--less creativity, sorry--and... would I go back?  Well, why not? I like all styles of music.  I like doing musicals, I like singing rock, I'd like to do hip-hop, but I'm not sure I'm capable.  As for heavy metal, I've lost the ability a little now because it's a very specific technique, for heavy metal it really has to come from your gut.  I've settled down some.
 
What are you listening to now?
 
Stromáe, his music rocks.  Stromáe's album is really superb.  And, other than that what have I been listening to?  Well, I listen to the Top Ten.  The Top Ten, iTunes radio, Chandelier... what else is good right now?  The song by Milky Chance is really nice... 
 
For which singer would you write a song?
 
Well first they'd have to ask me.  Writing for a girl would be cool.  I'd like to write for a whole band, maybe.  A group like [???] for example.  I'd really like to work with a group.  It would be a good idea to do a song with a group.
 
What do you do in your free time?
 
I watch TV.  Online.  Breaking Bad is my favorite.  Actually, I watch shows and films--actually, I don't really like tv shows other than Breaking Bad.  I had trouble with Game of Thrones.  Everyone loves it but I had a lot of trouble getting into it.  I found it a little boring.
 
Are you a good cook [cordon-bleu]?
 
I cook, but not well. [Je suis un cordon, mais pas bleu.]  I can make a plate of eggs.  I make soft-boiled eggs.  Really, really, really good soft-boiled eggs.  And calf liver, really good calf liver.  But that's all!  That's pitiful, isn't it?
 
Can you still walk down the street without being recognized?
 
Yes, I can still walk down the street without being recognized.  People might recognize me every once in a while, but honestly it's mostly nice when it happens, because people don't crowd around me, like, "Ooh, Mister Mothe, Florent!" or anything like that.  So it's still fine at this point.
 
Which superhero would you like to be?
 
Well, Superman is great, he's the strongest one, isn't he?  No, Batman.  Batman is the best.
 
What's the silliest thing you did when you were a child?
 
Oh gosh.  I broke my aunt's engagement ring.  My cousins, my brother and I were playing hide-and-seek, and I knocked over an armoire which exploded across the bathroom floor, and my aunt's engagement ring with it.  Sorry again, Auntie.  My cousin was watching us, she was ten years older than us, she was a teenager but she never wanted to babysit me again.  No one ever wanted to babysit me back then with my cousin and my brother.  We couldn't go anywhere, no one wanted to babysit us, we got into too much trouble.
 
What's the funniest gift you've ever received?
 
Someone made me a butter-Flo [Mothe de buerre]. Florent Mothe made of butter.  The fan brought me a butter-Flo.  Thanks!
 
princesse_incongrue: Mikelangelo Loconte singing into a microphone in front of a red background (mikele rocking)
Original interview here.

Hello Florent and Mikelangelo, welcome to Ptitblog. At the end of the summer you'll return with MORLC.  Could you explain what will be different from the show you were in from 2009 to 2011?
 
Mikelangelo: The symphonic concert MORLC isn't like the musical. It's more or less the concept they had developed with Notre Dame de Paris: they've rearranged the entire musical into one concert, where there is no acting, no dancers, and everything is based on the sound.  So this time, they wanted to do it with MOR.  It's a French organization called V. Dest which works with bringing famous French artists together and sending them to easter countries to do huge concerts there.  We did two tours in Russia and Ukraine with 7000 people at St Petersburg both times, we were at the Kremlin, so it was an incredible experience.  We have confidence in this show because we tested it in a country where people weren't familiar with it.  There were just posters in town.  They came to see us and accepted us and it worked.
 
What are some of your memories from the two tours in Russia and Ukraine?
 
Florent: It was pretty incredible because as Mikelangelo said, we were unknown there. That is, we weren't completely unknown, because there were some fans that knew us from the internet and came to see us in France during the show.  So we had a little fanbase there, which we went to see, and then the community grew.  We haven't made it as far as the greater public yet, but we've reached a certain audience.  And it was incredible because it's just another culture, they didn't listen to the music the same way we do, of course, because we're speaking a foreign language... But anyway, we met new people, we played with a new orchestra, with a conductor, and a new troupe was created.  And we have incredible memories of all of it, which is why we're so eager to show the French public, who already knows us!
 
Your tour had to be pushed back because of the events in Ukraine, which affected your orchestra.  Are you going to be reunited with the same orchestra in September?
 
Mikelangelo: Well the situation has stabilized so it will be the same orchestra. But in any case we had to make that decision and we were affected by the production team's decision.  It's the producers who are really human.  It was out of anyone's control. No one could help it, and when that happens, you have the choice between carrying on with your plans or waiting for them.  We decided to wait, and I'm proud of that decision because, in a country where people are shooting each other, calling on some folks to work, making them leave their families, is forcing them to do something horrible if they want to keep their jobs.  So that was the right decision.  If all goes well, they'll be the ones at the concert.
 
Have you begun rehearsing for the French tour?

Mikelangelo: No, not yet.
 
Florent: We're playing at the Festival de Carthage in Tunisia this summer so that will be a little like a rehearsal for us.
 
Mikelangelo: Because we don't really rehearse.  Even when we rehearse, we're doing concerts! But on the other hand, yes, it's true that Carthage is a chance to test our show again.
 
I imagine that it's very difficult for you to sing these songs without performing the entire show.

Florent: They've got nothing to do with each other! This is just the music! So we're much freer to have fun with it.  We play with the audience, I play with the orchestra, I stroll through the rows of the orchestra during the concert.  Whereas during the musical, it was theater, there was timing... This is a concert.  We come onstage with a microphone, the conductor, 1, 2, 3, 4, and we're off!
 
Mikelangelo: It's a journey with the audience.  Whereas sometimes, a theatrical show, the audience watches you make a journey.  It's different.  But in any case, we're confident, because you know, when it works in Russia... the Ukranian fans and the Russian fans, they practically made love to us there.  Really!  While we were on stage we felt this energy.  There were people who did dances, who threw flowers, drawings, works of art... They made dolls for us, they made us comic strips... The amount they put into it was incredible... So then we came back, recharged by all this love and now we're eager to do the same thing in France with the same energy.
 
Can you share an anecdote from the Russian concerts for your fans?

Mikelangelo: We have a song where Solal breaks in with a part like "[je parle] au nom du père, ne lâche pas la main de l'ange..." [Les Solos sous les draps] something really serious like that.  That means that the entire symphonie orchestra slows down and creates this super moment, a really sumptuous sound, right?  And then Solal arrives in this huge beam of light and sings his part, all the lights are on him, all the audience is watching him, all the orchestra is with him.  But right at that moment, he was messing around backstage.  So then, we hear the orchestra playing Solal's part, without Solal.  Solal was backstage.
 
Florent: I forgot about that! (laughs)
 
Mikelangelo: And Solal was with me! He looked at me, and I saw his expression change, I saw his face change and he said "That's me! And I have to sing!" With the entire symphonic orchestra asking him "And where were you?"  So there was an instrumental section instead of Solal!  And the lights all went over to one spot, no one understood why.  They must have lit up a stairway.  It was amazing!  One of my favorite memories of MOR in Russia!  And I think that was at the Kremlin!
 
Florent: And it was at the Kremlin!  What!
 
Mikelangelo: Yeah, Solal was even more upset.  And he was in the middle of telling a joke.  Can you imagine? When he's supposed to be the most professional of all of us!
 
Florent: No, he's always messing around!
 
You'll be doing a tour like in the good old days. Are you excited?

Florent: Yes! Also, this tour is a little different.  During the first MOR tour, we did a "star tour", that's what it's called.  That means we left from Paris, passed the weekend in a city, and at the end of the weekend we came back to Paris, then left for another town the next weekend.
 
Mikelangelo: I like that, "star tour".  I didn't know, that's cool, you taught me something great.
 
Florent: This time, we're not doing a "star tour", we're doing a continuous tour.  We're on the road together for two weeks straight.  We're going to have a lot of fun. 
 
Mikelangelo: We're going to have laundry everywhere! (laughs)
 
Is there a song that you particularly like in this new version?

Florent: I have a lot of fun singing "Victime de ma victoire" because my colleagues are doing the chorus parts now.  It's something I couldn't do when I was Salieri during the first version of the show, because Salieri always sings alone, it's kind of annoying!
 
Mikelangelo: I love watching him while he sings "Victime de ma victoire" because he acts like he's drunk, so he moves strangely, I promise it's a show!
 
Florent: I'm also pretty good at acting drunk.
 
Mikelangelo: He's really really good at doing that.  You can't take your eyes off him, you watch him the whole time and you crack up the whole time.
 
Florent: You were asking for anecdotes a second ago, so here's one! So one day we were singing "L'assasymphonie" in Russian, so we had a guy who came up with a teleprompter because we didn't quite have enough time to learn the song in Russian.  But this guy, he didn't speak English or French, just Russian, so we had trouble understanding each other.  And he was really stressed.  Really, really, really stressed.  And just before "Victime de ma victoire" he didn't know if he should leave, so it was right then.  Just before coming onstage I get in character, so I was acting a little drunk backstage. And he saw me coming, and I saw his whole face go, "he's been drinking, no way! I'm already stressed, I don't know what I'm going to do!" and I said to him [in English], "Vodka good!" He didn't understand anything that was happening to him, it was pretty funny!
 
Mikelangelo: That's amazing! (laughs) For me, the song I like to sing the most is "Le carnivore".  It's a song that I've always wanted to sing but it wasn't in the final cut of the show, and now I can.  And we did an incredible arrangement with a super guitar solo, a little like Pink Floyd toward the end, it's incredible.
 
During the first tour, social networks weren't as powerful as they are today.  Are you counting on using them more this time?

Florent: Oh yeah, that's true, in Mozart's era we didn't have twitter and instagram!  So now we can put things online in real time!  That'll be fun.
 
Mikelangelo: Yes, for the time being we're focused on preparing the concert and a few other things but I think soon we're going to have a little fun with social networks!
 
Next, would you like to do the whole show again someday?  Or would you dislike that?

Florent: Yes, yes!  Why not?
 
Mikelangelo: I don't know.  I don't think so, for me.  Unless it's something completely redone, original, if it's like a revolution.
 
Florent: Yeah but there's already been a Revolution!
 
Mikelangelo: Yeah that's true.  But I mean a revolution in the musical format, not the Revolution in musical format! (laughs)
 
Now we're going to talk a little about your solo careers if you don't mind.  Florent, your first album came out a little over a year ago.  What are the numbers like from that year?

Florent: It was my first album, it was a little difficult because I had just come out of MOR, and I was new to it all.  But I know that there were three or four songs on that album that I'll play for the rest of my life.
 
And you're preparing a second album.  Where are you planning to take that?

Florent: It's a little lonelier, a little more cheerful, funnier, a little more wacky as well, and a little less sad! The first album had a lot of guitar, this one was composed on the piano, so it will sound different, you'll see.  I'm excited!
 
You worked with Ycare on the first album.  Did you work with him again for this one?

Florent: I started to work with Ycare but he's very busy. I work with lots of new people now and it's great! I'm really very pleased.
 
And you, Mikelangelo, where are you with yours?

Mikelangelo: For us, we had to break free of MOR.  And then we found ourselves with huge organizations. So it's hard for us to lead the teams.  We are artists.  I mean, leading businessmen, musicians, labels, etc, while still doing exactly what's in your head... It's tough when you have a vision, it's a lot easier to say "okay, do what you want, and I'll sing".  So for now I'm in the middle of preparing an album, and I'm going to take the musicians that have been chosen.  We're working on getting ourselves into a rehearsal space to really perfect the arrangements. The album is pretty much ready except for the lyrics, where there are a few things left to finalie.  It will be an album that's very original, it's very very hard to get it out, because people don't allow for an album to be very extravagant, and since that's the idea that I've had for such a long time... It's really my dream to make a truly original album, but I'm being pushed back. For now I'm going to get into a studio, I'm going to record it all live.  After some post-production, I'll be ready. But first I've got to put out two wild singles online and a real single.
 
A while ago you performed a single while you were on the show "Toute une histoire"... [Memory Day]

Mikelangelo: That song, it might not even be on the album. Because I'm a musician, I'm a creator of songs, and when someone asks me to make a song for myself, I make a song to myself, just a song for me.  I didn't have anything to sell at the time, I couldn't say, "my album is going to be like this". I just chose a song that was fresh and I tried to do it.
 
You also recently created a series called "A star, a journey". Can you tell me more about that?

Mikelangelo: Yes, I have a rubric. There will be more, in fact I'll meet artists and try to have them talk about themselves, all within a story of a journey. That is, the journey is an excuse.  Because you know, we all have a place we have seen in life, where we felt special... It's true, we all have contact with a journey that we've made.  It's a lovely way to make the artist talk about things that they wouldn't otherwise. So the series is called "A star, a journey", and I did one with Mélissa Mars, and I'll be back soon.  I'm very particular about choosing people, it's nothing to do with who they really are, it's people chosen with the website "inside all".
 
So, what is "your" journey?

Mikelangelo: There have been a few. I was really moved by the journey that I made in Odessa. One town that really spoke to me was Venice. And I was really shocked by the trip I took to Brazil, I have great memories from it, I did some concerts there and it was incredible.
 
And Florent?

Florent: For me it was Toronto, where I lived the Bohemian life all artists dream about! But at that time I had a lot of friends, I was always partying... I worked hard, and finally I said "now I have to stop, I have to do nothing but music, it doesn't matter if it's successful or not". So I quit working for six months, I wrote all day, I made music, and at night I partied, that was the Bohemian life. And Toronto is a great city.
 
What are you dreams as you go forward?  Mikelangelo, you're a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, would you like to do theater or cinema?

Mikelangelo: Theater or cinema, yes. But it's complicated for me, because I'm a guy who has a lot of trouble coming out of character, so I would need a very particular kind of role. And plus I have an accent, so I couldn't play every role in France. But I'm a trained actor. But I would have to find an agency to get started, but my training is there.
 
A final word for our readers and your fans?

Florent: Thank you for your support, because the fans of MOR have been very important for the success of the show. All the way back to the beginning. As for me, in my solo career, again fans have been very important. It's very important to know that there are people behind you. The public is the reason we do this, because without them no one will listen to us, so yes, thank you to the fans, and I hope that they'll like MORLC and my second album, and everything that will come afterward.
 
Mikelangelo: It's true it's great, people like us as if we were something from their dreams. And you can't put a price on that, I know that there is real love coming from the audience, and it's a pretty foreign audience, today, that's not just Russian or Ukrainian. There are fans in Korea, Japan, a few people in Brazil, Chili, Mexico, the US...
 
Florent: England, Canada...
 
Mikelangelo: It's very interesting, all of that. Sometimes I get the impression that I was created from all of this, like I came from these peoples' dreams. It's very strange, we have a great audience, from those who are just curious, to people who love the genre, to people who specifically love us, to the people who are truly fans. And I hope there are groupies as well! (laughs)
princesse_incongrue: Mikelangelo Loconte singing into a microphone in front of a red background (mikele rocking)
 Original article hosted here.

Already spoiled by the success of Les 10 Commandements and Le Roi soleil, Dove Attia and Albert Cohen are honoring Mozart with a rock opera dedicated to him. Onstage in Paris at the end of the summer, launched to fame by the massive success of the first few singles from the show, the protagonists of the story sat down with STAR Club for the following interview...
 
What's the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Mikele: I look to make sure that my favorite things are still there and I turn on the computer.
Flo: I have a cup of coffee, which is good for creativity, and I write about three pages as soon as I wake up.
Maeva: I drink a cup of tea.
Solal: I drink a big glass of hot lemon juice.  It's excellent for your digestion.
 
What's the last thing you think about before you go to bed?
Mikele: Going to bed annoys me.  I've always got something to do to put it off...
Flo: That depends on what happened just before.  In general, I relive the day.
Solal: I ask myself if I know for sure whether or not I'll wake up.  Since my kids were born I get really stressed over the idea that I might not wake up the next morning.
Maeva: I think over the last few pages of whatever book I'm reading.
 
In what era would you have liked to have lived?
Flo: During the Renaissance, in Italy.  I would have gone to see Da Vinci, Raphael, and the other great painters of that era.
Mikele: Me too, I'd pick the Renaissance, which was a very important era for art.
Maeva: In the sixties.  I would have loved the chance to go see the Beatles.
 
What is the worst mistake of your life so far?
Mikele: When I was in the Italian army, I thought up a way to desert the army.  One day, it worked but I was caught.  I almost went to prison!
Solal: It was when I was in Starmania.  One night, when I was supposed to sing, I forgot to go onstage.  It was only when I heard the first notes of my character's song that I realized what I'd done!
Flo: When I was younger, I was supposed to be talking onstage but I started to stutter and I couldn't get out a single coherent word.  That was a really lonely moment...
Maeva: When I was sixteen, I organized a house party while my parents were out, even though they'd told me not to.  They found out and my punishment was so bad...
 
The angriest you've ever been?
Mikele: I'm very rarely angry.  It happened one time when someone who was very jealous of me interrupted my concert by cutting out the sound!
Flo: Whenever I mess up onstage I'm a mess for the next half hour.
Maeva: I'm not angry very often.
 
Who would you like to interview and why?
Maeva: Vanessa Paradis, so I could figure out how she's able to lead two lives.  She's a very open artist, but she's able to preserve a private life as well.  I'd ask what her secret was.
Mikele: Charlotte Gainsbourg.  She's the only woman who's able to reconcile beauty, charm, and talent.  Plus, she's still attractive even without makeup and nice outfits.
Flo: If I could go back in time, I'd like to inerview Mozart to ask what he thought of Salieri's music.
 
What is the most ridiculous thing you could imagine wearing?
Mikele: A red jacket with brown spots.
Flo: Borat's oufit, when he's telling a story... Or his swimsuit.
Maeva: Albert Cohen's pleated jacket.
Solal: Socks with sandals.
 
Who do you think is the most attractive celebrity?
Mikele: Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Flo: I'll say Marilyn because she's the first person to come to mind, but there are a lot of others: Marie Curie, Camille Claudel, Edith Piaf.  Charismatic women.
Maeva: I think Olivier Miller is really cute.
 
What is your biggest phobia?
Mikele: I hate getting undressed.  Ever since I was small, the idea of being seen without clothes on has terrified me.  I probably need some kind of therapy...
Maeva: Off the top of my head, I can't think of anything.  I don't think I have any particular phobia.
Flo: I have this obsessive fear of war, or soldiers.  It's something I can't stand!
 
What would you change about yourself if you could?
Mikele: It would be something physical. I think I'd like to redesign myself.
Flo: I'd like to be a few centimeters taller.
Maeva: Me too, I'd like to be taller.
 
Onstage at the Palais des Sports in Paris, starting September 22nd, Mikele, Flow, and the rest of the troupe of actors, singers, and dancers will bring new life to the story of Mozart, a little prodigy who was as sweet as he was mischievious.

There will be a total of fifty people onstage for a two month period, before they head off to put the show on in some of the biggest towns throughout France.
princesse_incongrue: Mikelangelo Loconte singing into a microphone in front of a red background (mikele rocking)
Florent Mothe and Mikelangelo Loconte, stars of "Mozart l'opéra rock," speak openly about the failure of their solo careers.





Original article here


Between 2009 and 2011, one and a half million people cheered for this duo.  When the musical was over, the performers launched their own careers.  A few months before regrouping for the MORLC tour, they take stock of the mixed results of this experience.

Florent Mothe, who put out the CD "Roch in Chair" in 2013, is the most bitter.  "They didn't let me do what I wanted.  This disk doesn't represent me," he explains.  "It doesn't move me.  Anyone could have sung it in my place."  The 32-year-old Frenchman is working on a new project, which could hit the shelves in 2014.  "I'm freer in my compositions [this time] and I'm enjoying myself.  I'm a rock'n'roll kind of person, not a sappy romantic," he says.

Sitting across from him, his buddy Mikelangelo Loconte has to laugh.  "You're lucky.  No even wanted me." The Italian sent his tracks to multiple labels.  Despite a lot of promises, nothing ever saw the light of day.  "What I do is too artistic.  In the real world market, the big names don't take any risks," he analyzes.  The 40-year-old artist doesn't surrender.  "I have the solution.  I'm going to put out my work with a smaller label.  I'm in negotiations with the United States and the lights are all green."


princesse_incongrue: Florent Mothe looking over his shoulder, singing, pain on his face (emo salieri)
 
 
Original video here.

"Florent Mothe: I'm the sort of person who has a dark place inside."

He was Antionio Salieri in the musical "Mozart l'Opéra Rock".  Florent Mothe will be back onstage in fall 2014 for the symphonic version of the show.
 
Flo: As you know, the original version is "Mozart l'Opéra Rock," so it's a rock opera, with scenes that are telling the story of Mozart from his adolescence to his death, and all the drama, especially with Salieri.  Now we're doing "Mozart l'Opéra Rock" the concert, so it'll be the songs from the show in a grandiose setting with a symphonic orchestra and a rock and choral group.  So it's a real concert, not a play with what's called a fourth wall, it's actually an interaction between the crowd and the performers--a concert.
 
The young singer also spoke to us about his musical influences, his participtation in Génération Goldman, social networking, and his upcoming obligations.
 
Flo: I'm a very energetic boy, but there's a dark side to me which I want to let out in my music.  I listened to Goldman throughout my childhood and I was really proud to be a part of that project, to be a part of a new generation singing Goldman. I sadly never had the chance to meet him.  
 
Flo: Social networking and the internet lets us be a lot closer to our fans, and to send out a message that's more precise than by the one projected by the business of our music.  
 
Flo: I really admire all the people who volunteer to help out year-round, sometimes anonymously.  I had the opportunity to help bring some attention to the cause.  When [they] called me to ask if I would take part in the photoshoot where I would have bruises and scars to help bring awareness to the song and the cause, of course I did it.

princesse_incongrue: Florent Mothe looking over his shoulder, singing, pain on his face (emo salieri)
We met him as Salieri in the musical "Mozart l'Opéra Rock".  Today Florent Mothe is making a name for himself in his own right without forgetting his roots.  He tells us:



Original article here

After the end of Mozart l’Opéra Rock, has it been hard for you to find your place in the current scene?
No, not really. When the tour ended, I signed with Warner for multiple albums. That label has been taking care of me ever since.

Was there a lot of pressure to put out your album "Rock in Chair" after the end of the Mozart tour?
No, not at all. It's not good to force these things, and music needs to come from a natural momentum. You can't make an album just to make an album. You have to have something to say. I took my time. I worked on it for at least a year after Mozart. 

Why did you call it "Rock in Chair"?
Mostly because of the English "rocking chair". Like someone sitting in his seat and sways so that they see the world moving back and forth, and going wrong. Plus there's the pun on "rock", like music. 

Your musical world is very broad. Have you been singing jazz for a long time?
Yes, but I'm not a jazz purist. When I was in Canada, in Toronto, I was able to cover some jazz songs by Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. But I have very eclectic musical tastes, I listen to a lot of different genres.

Do the songs on "Rock in chair" represent you well?
In all honesty, I couldn't do everything I wanted to on this album. I think that the singles that were put out are the less personal songs. Those songs are well-written but I feel like they're lacking in my own personality. I miss that a little. There are other songs on the album that are more personal, like the ones I wrote with Ycare, "Arrête" and "Astérisque". I think those songs have a really pretty sound.

Those songs are very different from what you did in "Mozart." 
Not that different. In the last single I put out, "Arrête", I revisit a lot of the same feelings as Salieri, a somber and strong title. It's sort of in the same vein. Of course, in this album, there are a lot of lighter things, and more offbeat things as well. You have to do a little of everything when you're a performer. I'm building a long-term career and "Rock in Chair" will be a part of it from now on, just like Mozart, and I won't turn my back on either one.

And what's going on with that 49 second song, "Je roule des pouces"?
(Laughs) That's just a little musical comma in the album, a little intermission. An album is meant to be listened to from the first to the last song, and this one is in the middle just like a short break...

Does it bother you to be stuck with the Mozart reputation?
I think things would have been a lot more difficult for me without that reputation. It was a huge part of my life, it was an exceptional springboard for a solo career, a phenomenal success. I'm very proud of it, and proud to still be a part of it.

Alongside Merwan Rim, are you the only one to really pursue a solo career?
Melissa Mars is working on a lot of films at the moment. It's what she's really wanted to do for a long time. Solal is doing work as a producer, helping young performers sing,and  Maeva Meline is doing a lot of voice work for Disney. Mikelangelo Loconte is a completely different kind of artist, and he's working on his own album. It's a very unique project, just like him.  He's very original, and his music has to be in his image.

If someone offered you another musical, would you do it?
Why not?  I admit Mozart required a lot of energy and I loved working on it.  For now I'm concentrating on my solo career.  I have a lot of things to say with music, and I'm in the middle of the creation process. Right now I'm working on my second album. It'll definitely come out at the end of the year or the beginning of next year, I don't know which yet. The first one only came out a little while ago so... it takes time to do things right.

We saw you on the show "Un Air de Stars" on M6 where you impersonated well-known stars and sang. Why did you agree to do that show? 
I'm a musician, a singer,and I'm not interested in going on television to do anything but what I know how to do. I was offered "Un Air de Stars", and I said yes.  I had a lot of fun.  And the viewers played along.

Next March you'll go on tour with Fréro Delavega. What should we expect to see onstage?
It'll be an intimate show, like hanging out around the house.  I'll be alone onstage with my guitar. I'm going to play the songs I hold most dear and some Jeff Buckley covers like "Lilac Wine". I really like to do acoustic performances.

Mozart is continuing with a concert tour. What will be the big differences from the musical?
For the musical, we were telling a story. There was song, dance, and acting. In the concert version, it's a real symphonic rock concert. We'll be onstage with a rock group, a symphonic orchestra, and a choir. 60 musicians. It'll be a lot of fun to do this concert in such a great setting. We're going to sing all the songs from the show, plus the others that were on the album but weren't performed onstage. We had to cut a few things for the sake of the musical. So we'll be bringing back "Quand le rideau tombe", "Le carnivore"... it's a really superb project. A magnificent show. We'll be in costume. We did some cool stuff with giant screens in the Russian production. It'll really blow people away. We've already done two tours in Russia and Ukraine.

That's right, you had a staggering reception in Russia and Ukraine, didn't you?
Yes, it was incredible, such incredible passion. The fans were there with posters of us, asking us for autographs. And yet, Mozart never toured there. It's really just the internet that made us known there. It really caught on and the tour was great.

princesse_incongrue: Prince Poppycock trying on a tall white wig (poppycock)
(Video archived here)

Long translation under the cut!
Read more... )  

[I cannot get the video to replay the last few minutes, but if memory serves they went and got everyone else to say goodbye, Mikele told us again how this was a special twitcam because MOR doesn't do anything the normal way, and that was pretty much it.]  
princesse_incongrue: Florent Mothe looking over his shoulder, singing, pain on his face (emo salieri)
Qui de nous deux
Aura la force de dire
Les yeux dans les yeux
A l'autre de partir ?

Je me souviens hier,
Je me souviens de nous,
Les draps, sous la colère,
Ne cachent plus rien du tout.

Te souviens-tu d'hier ?
Te souviens-tu de tout ?
Tes joues, sous la colère,
Rougissent tout à coup

Arrête ! Arrête !
Ma tête explose !
Arrête ! Arrête !
Que ma tête se repose !

Qui de nous deux
Aura la force de fuir
de faire de nous
un nouveau souvenir ?

Je me souviens hier,
Je me souviens de tout,
Mes joues, sous la colère,
Ne cachent plus rien du tout.

Arrête ! Arrête !
Ma tête explose !
Arrête ! Arrête !
Que ma tête se repose !

Arrête ! Arrête !
Ma tête explose !
Arrête ! Arrête !
Que ma tête se repose !

Arrête ! Arrête !
Ma tête explose !
Arrête ! Arrête !
Que ma tête se repose !

Arrête ! Arrête 
Que nos têtes se reposent

Which of the two of us
Will be strong enough to say
Face to face
That the other should go?

I remember yesterday,
I remember us,
The sheets, beneath the rage,
Don't hide anything at all

Do you remember yesterday?
Do you remember everything?
Your cheeks, beneath the rage,
Suddenly flush

Stop! Stop!
My head is bursting!
Stop! Stop!
Let my head rest!

Which of the two of us
Will be strong enough to flee?
To make us into
A new memory?

I remember yesterday,
I remember everything,
My cheeks, beneath the rage,
Don't hide anything at all.

Stop! Stop!
My head is bursting!
Stop! Stop!
Let my head rest!

Stop! Stop!
My head is bursting!
Stop! Stop!
Let my head rest!

Stop! Stop!
My head is bursting!
Stop! Stop!
Let my head rest!

Stop! Stop!
Let our heads rest

 
If you listen to this song and think, "Wow, what a great song about how annoying girlfriends are!" please never ever speak to me.
 
princesse_incongrue: Florent Mothe looking over his shoulder, singing, pain on his face (emo salieri)
J'ai marché tout droit bien au pas
Sans jamais couper la ligne blanche
Dimanche j'ai bien fait mes génuflexions
J'ai laissé partir en fumé mes délires
Et j'inspire la confiance
Par chance personne ne voit mon affliction
Je m'ennuie jour et nuit dans les rails
D'une vie devenue trop étanche
J’enclenche la connexion

Mes éléphants roses
Ont des petits culs sexys
J'me shoot à la souris
Plus je mate plus je me réjouis
Mes éléphants roses
En un clic m’extasient
J'ai ma dose je fais pause 
Allez c'est beau la vie

J'ai roulé sans crash pas de flash
Je colle à mon code de prudence
J'avance sans écraser le champignon
L'objectif abusif qu'elle me fixe
Du héros fidèle à outrance
J'y pense sans conviction

Mes éléphants roses
Ont des petits culs sexys
J'me shoot à la souris
Plus je mate plus je me réjouis
Mes éléphants roses
En un clic m’extasient
J'ai ma dose je fais pause 
Allez c'est beau la vie

Mes éléphants roses
Mes éléphants roses
Mes éléphants roses
Mes éléphants roses
Mes éléphants roses
...
Bien rouler le pétard
La sex tape de star
Pamela Anderson 
Ouais tu peux y aller c'est d'la bonne

Mes éléphants roses
Ont des petits culs sexys
J'me shoot à la souris
Plus je mate plus je me réjouis
Mes éléphants roses
En un clic m’extasient
J'ai ma dose je fais pause 
Allez c'est beau la vie

Mes éléphants roses
Mes éléphants roses
Ouais c'est beau la vie
Shoote à la souris
Plus je mate plus je me réjouis
Mes éléphants roses
En un clic m’extasient
J'ai ma dose je fais pause 
Allez c'est beau la vie 
I've walked straight ahead with care
Without ever crossing the white line
Every Sunday I genuflected
I've let my wild behavior go up in smoke
And I inspire confidence
Luckily no one sees my affliction
I bore myself day and night on the path
Of a life that has become too airtight
I unleash the connection

My pink elephants
Have sexy little asses
I shoot up with mice
The more subdued I am, the more I enjoy it
My pink elephants 
With a click send me into raptures
I've had my fix, I take a break
Come on, life is beautiful

I rolled along without crashing, no flash
Glued to my code of prudence
I move forward without stepping on the gas
The abusive objective she sets me 
Like an excessively faithful hero
I think of it without conviction

My pink elephants
Have sexy little asses
I shoot up with mice
The more subdued I am, the more I enjoy it
My pink elephants 
With a click send me into raptures
I've had my fix, I take a break
Come on, life is beautiful

My pink elephants
My pink elephants
My pink elephants
My pink elephants
My pink elephants
...
Roll the joint well
The sex tape of a star
Pamela Anderson 
Yeah you can get there it's the good stuff

My pink elephants
Have sexy little asses
I shoot up with mice
The more subdued I am, the more I enjoy it
My pink elephants 
With a click send me into raptures
I've had my fix, I take a break
Come on, life is beautiful

My pink elephants
My pink elephants
Yeah life is beautiful
Shoot up with mice
The more subdued I am, the more I enjoy it
My pink elephants
With a click send me into raptures
I've had my fix, I take a break
Come on, life is beautiful
 

 
princesse_incongrue: Florent Mothe looking over his shoulder, singing, pain on his face (emo salieri)


There are sorrows that weigh tons
In order to keep from losing all hope
We play the role of someone who is doing fine
As long as others don't know anything about it
We do our best to save face
So our friends are ignorant to what we're going through
We laugh, we dance, like Venetian fools
But no matter what we do or say

The wounds that can't be seen
Hurt us much more than any others
We close them up inside of us
But must we carry on like this our whole lives?

Pride helps us carry on
Apparently we can even make people jealous
We put on this show for our own benefit
To play at being healed

The wounds that can't be seen
Hurt us much more than any others
We close them up inside of us
But must we carry on like this our whole lives?

These wounds
That can't be seen

There are sorrows that weigh tons
In order to keep from losing all hope
We have to tell ourselves that we'll heal sooner or later

The wounds that can't be seen
Sometimes it seems like we've shaken them
And when we least expect it
Without anyone else ever knowing
They rise back to the surface
And shoot us down again
The wounds that can't be seen
That hurt us so much more than all the others

These wounds
That can't be seen
princesse_incongrue: an 18th century robe à la française in gold silk, its wearer clutching a thick bouquet (Default)
 
"For Florent Mothe, it's twitter and facebook every day..."

The musician is able to play piano on his iPhone while humming his new songs.  A singer and a geek all at once?
 
What relationship do you have with your phone and compluter?
I'm addicted. I use them for my work and to stay in contact with my friends.  I lived in Toronto for three years, so it's the best way for me to keep my Canadian buddies updated!
 
Are you even a geek at home?
No, actually!  Simply because I don't a signal at home.  It's rough... I have to go outside if I want to be able to phone someone.  That's why I send so many texts.  I found strategic places in the apartment where the network works for a few seconds!
 
So, you could live without them?
Not at all.  During the tour if I didn't have any battery I felt like I was dying.  After twenty-four hours, I told myself that I could live without... well, just about!  Anyway, you just killed my battery, see, my phone shut itself down... Does anyone have a charger?

 
 
My rabbit: "Meet Alfred! He's my rabbit, he's handsome, isn't he?  I love taking pictures of him!  I leave him to walk around the house, I adore him!"
 
My favorite forecasts: "I always look at the forecast of Mouriès, in the south, where my parents live.  That way, I see a little sunshine... And then the forecast in Toronto, where I lived... Much colder!"
 
My music apps: "I basically have a music folder on my iPhone, but the best is the iDaft app, where you can remix Daft Punk songs however you want!"
 
My laptop background: "It's the photo from the end of the music video with the whole team!  We're covered in mud because we played a rugby match girls against boys... The girls won, of course!"
princesse_incongrue: Florent Mothe looking over his shoulder, singing, pain on his face (emo salieri)


 

Florent Mothe: It’s 11PM and we’ve been here since 8- no, 9AM. It’s the finale scene of the video. We’ve filmed it all. It’s going well. We’re missing one thing. It’s just the last scene and it’s going to be nasty. [he falls into the mud] Is that good enough for you?
Off-Screen Voices: Not bad. Not bad.

Florent Mothe: Should I do playback? Should I do playback?

Florent Mothe: I can’t escape this thing!

Singing Crowd: It’s a dancing Florent! It’s a dancing Florent, it’s a dancing Florent, it’s Florent (etc)
princesse_incongrue: Florent Mothe looking over his shoulder, singing, pain on his face (emo salieri)


Florent Mothe: I work with a coach named Nathalie Dupuy who’s really well-known in this business, she knows a lot of people, she has really helped me, so I [discuss most everything?] with her.
 
Nathalie Dupuy: My job is to give the singer the confidence to little by little let go of the hold of his internal tension, so that the technique allows him to structure his articulation with a greater or smaller amplitude of air going in and to link that work with the emotional aspect of it.  But this link alone is- if the singer is good with his feelings, he’s good with his emotions.
 
Florent Mothe: I met Nathalie Dupuy during the Mozart l'Opéra Rock auditions, because she was there and offered advice and I thought I should take this advice because it’s pretty important.
 
Nathalie Dupuy: There aren’t so many differences between Mozart l'Opéra Rock and Florent: we want prolongations, a development, that you can find L’Assasymphonie in his album even if it’s in another form.  In any case there’s an emotionality that has the same power. But you get to a point where that power is Flo’s, and I have to trust him completely that there will be Florent Mothe in his album.  So there will be L’Assasymphonie, there has to be, because the two are linked in a way.  It’s like a marvelous costume that goes with a marvelous person.  You can’t disassociate the two.  And I think if it hadn’t been for Florent, L’Assasymphonie couldn’t have become the hit that it was.  Because I heard him singing it at the auditions and I had never heard it performed as emotionally as what Florent did with it.  It was his song. It is his song.  It will always be his song.
princesse_incongrue: Florent Mothe looking over his shoulder, singing, pain on his face (emo salieri)


Here are my attempts at transcribing the lyrics:
 
J’arrive pas à dire au revoir
Les yeux dans les yeux
Dans le noir sans ton regard
Je saurais peut-être mieux
M’en veux pas
Si je te parais lâche
Pour tout ce que je gâche
Je me dis parfois
C’est par peur d’être heureux

(Refrain)
Je ne sais pas parler d’amour
Je ne sais pas demander pardon
J’ai toujours peur d’être en dessous
Que tu m’ais attendu
Et puis t’avoir déçu
Il faudra toujours entre nous
Ne pas tricher ni se mentir, non
Mais au fond de toi saurais-tu
Me dire en face que
Que tu ne m’aimes plus?

Je n’arrive pas à m’en aller
À me dire que ça serait mieux
Je ne peux pas
Laisser les bras
Et encore moins baisser les yeux
M’en veux pas
Si je manque de courage
Si je rêve d’autres voyages
Si à chaque fois
Je ne fais que m’enfuir
 
I can’t bring myself to say goodbye
Eye to eye
In the dark without your gaze
Maybe I have a better idea how
Don’t be mad at me
If I seem lazy
For everything I mess up
Sometimes I tell myself
It’s out of fear of being happy

(Refrain)
I don’t know how to talk about love
I don’t know how to ask forgiveness
I’m afraid of being beneath
What you expected of me
And then to have disappointed you
The two of us should never
Cheat or lie to each other, no
But at your core would you know
How to tell me face to face
That you don’t love me anymore?

I can’t make myself leave
Or tell myself that that would be better
I can’t
Drop my arms
Or even lower my gaze
Don’t be mad at me
If I don’t have enough courage
If I dream of other journeys
If every time
I just run away
 

 
princesse_incongrue: Florent Mothe looking over his shoulder, singing, pain on his face (emo salieri)


Florent Mothe: That’s the director… of Mode d’Emploi!

Die Frau voiceover: Florent came in with a pretty good amount of ideas; he wanted to illustrate a lot of his songs.  I think it’s a very good idea to have this portrait of him with a black eye that says that we’re in a complicated time for men, where a man has to be macho and at the same time sensitive enough to understand what their girlfriends and friends want, you know? 

Die Frau to Florent: Good, like that but less pained, because I'm just a pig, all you have to do is beat me up!

Die Frau voiceover: It’s funny because Florent is a very handsome man, but he let us put the black eye on him willingly.  A lot of artists aren’t like that; they only want to show us their best side.
princesse_incongrue: Florent Mothe looking over his shoulder, singing, pain on his face (emo salieri)


Florent Mothe: We can work six months on one composition.  Make outlines, realize it can get better, go back, copy the parts out, add things, at the last minute in the studio we can find things, and then there are songs—one song is three minutes—sometimes there are songs that can be written in three minutes.
 
Dove Attia: Florent is a guitarist and also a harmonist, meaning he has a sense of the harmony, and he doesn’t like simple harmonies, so we’re leaving the majority of the choices behind, what we call the ? rhythm,  and he has this culture that’s a little jazzy, even sometimes a little South American, with ?, which results in this music that’s pretty rich and has comes from its own universe.
 
Dove Attia: The difficulty with Florent is having cohesion in his album, it’s going from his extremely moving songs to that are more intelligent, I’d even say like a new French scene.  Because he’s both.  Florent is both.
 
Florent Mothe: I need him to fix those faults you have when you aren’t very experienced in composing.  So we worked on all the songs I had, either the bits of lyrics, or bits of melody, maybe songs I’d already worked to death, but deserved to be corrected a little… yeah.  Dove Attia really helped me with that, and we even composed some—a good amount of melodies together.

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