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

Long translation under the cut!
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[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: Mikelangelo Loconte singing into a microphone in front of a red background (mikele rocking)



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We'll begin the first part of our show, "A Date with Destiny", by greeting Mikelangelo.  You recognize Mikelangelo from the unforgettable musical Mozart l'Opéra Rock.  So, tell us about your life.  What was it like 24 hours before going to the audition?  Where were you in your personal life?

It was nothing but work.  My biggest project was during New Year's, and I was sick, I had a fever and everything, but I was acting at the same time.

And so one meeting in the middle of all this work changed the course of your life.  What happened?

I met a man--I couldn't even say a man because he was very boyish, he seemed very young--and his name was Jean-Pierre Pilot [one of the writers of MOR].  And I met him, he was in my path.  At the time I had my best friend, she had met me during my concerts and everything and we decided to live together, so for nine years I lived with an incredible girl named Marie.

Was she your girlfriend?

No.  That's the incredible part.  That's the incredible part.  We were like siblings.  Both of us worked with art.  She was a dancer, kind of an actress, a little bit of everything, and I was a little bit of everything too, I don't know to what degree, but we were both a little bit of everything.

This Jean-Pierre, did you meet him on New Year's eve?

No.  Actually, I met him- a friend of mine plays guitar, who yells up at my window, and I answered that day.  He told me to come see Zazie and that he had extra tickets--she's a musician that a lot of people know.

Zazie our [France's] singer?

Yes, your singer.  So yeah, I went to see Zazie at the Forum de Lièges--I lived in Liège at the time--and afterward we all went to a café--

Who is "all"?

Zazie with her team of musicians.

How did you get an invite from Zazie?

Because I was one of the big musicians, like my friend, who all knew each other a little bit, they were in the same big family.  So I went to grab a drink with them, and when I got there Jean-Pierre saw me and he said, "Who's that guy?"  Because I walked in like Mick Jagger, but I wasn't Mick Jagger.  I went over to sit by Zazie and we were talking about all kinds of music, and then Jean-Pierre Pilot started asking people-

Oh, is that Jean-Pierre Pilot? [in the picture on the screen]

Yes, exactly.

Because we don't know who he is.  So it's this fellow.  What does he do?

He's a composer and creator, he's behind a lot of albums and has worked for a lot of very famous musicians like Zazie and Christophe Wilhelm...

Okay, so he was there at that moment.

Yes.  And he saw me, and he went "Whoa!  That dude!"  No, he must have said to himself, "Either this is a bunch of nonsense or he's really really good.  It's one of the other."  And we lived just across from the café, so we were like "Come see my house", and it was a three-story house with posters and all that stuff, just totally crazy, and he saw all that he said, "There's no way!" and when I showed him my bed I went, "Look, Jean-Pierre, it's--" how did I say it?  I said- I said, "a little bed for a great man."  And he said "You really are full of shit."  But that way I felt like a king in a paper kingdom I had built for myself in my head.  But he called up Dove Attia and Albert Cohen and said "I think I've found Mozart."

Alright, now you can tell the next part of your story later on in our show.

Later on, Mikelangelo has a surprise for you!

It's called Memory Day.

Alright, go ahead, the stage is yours.  

You'll hear his exclusive song that he only just finished composing. Mikelangelo on the piano, right after the break!


One meeting changed their lives, that's the theme today and we continue with Mikelangelo, who was telling us that Jean-Pierre Pilot invited him to an audition one evening when he was out with Zazie and her musicians, and he recognized the artist in you.  The difference.  And the talent, probably.  So he asked you to audition for a musical?

Yeah, he looked at me and he didn't say anything, he returned to Paris--we had met in Belgium--and afterwards he called my best friend and said, "You know your roommate, the performer, we might have something for him."  But what he suggested wasn't really interesting to me because it was a musical.

But he did ask you to play Mozart in a musical?  The title character?  And that didn't interest you at all, being in a musical?

Just imagine--it's weird, imagine someone saying we're going to do a musical about Mozart and you're Mozart.  But hadn't been-- I thought of Mozart as something sacred, something important, and playing him in a musical just wasn't a good idea.  

Right, it sounds low-end.  It isn't worthy of Mozart's level.

It was certainly high-end but didn't seem like a good idea for me.

So you said no?

I said no, that's right.  I just said forget it.  I didn't even answer.

That takes nerve, though, for a guy who's between projects...

I'd never done the audition for reality television, I was a performer who didn't line up to get a chance to sing, that's all.  I believe an artist should have a precise message to transmit on TV--the television isn't there for people who sing, people who dance, because that makes you a street performer.

So how did the audition catch up with you if you didn't respond?

Well, after two months--

For two months they didn't give up on you?

No.  Except, well, Jean-Pierre Pilot talked to that girl Marie again, who let him hear a thing I'd sung, and when he heard the voice he went, "Oh, okay, yeah, that's a guy who--" I don't think of myself as a super great singer, but I believe that when I sing I have an honest voice; when I sing, I really express myself.  I use song to express myself and not to show off my voice.  And I think he must have noticed that, and--

You're an interpreter [this word applies to singers in French].

That's right.  So Jean-Pierre, at that point he called me after two months, and that time he talked to me.  We talked and he said, "Listen, you didn't really understand, it's not just a musical, it's this, it's that," he explained the details to me.  And when he started saying "rock opera" I said, Ah, okay, that's the first time anyone has put "rock" and "Mozart" in the same sentence.  Yeah, because we all think of Mozart as a rocker but nobody ever said it that way.

So did you go to the auditions?

Yes, I showed up at one of the last auditions and they told me, hey, come this way, and if it doesn't work it doesn't work.

Were there a lot of people in line?

Yes.

How many?

Something like five thousand, I'd say.

Five thousand people in line?

They wanted to do Mozart, yes, of course.

Okay.  So did you wait?

I did, there were a lot of people who were waiting--obviously the auditions weren't just one day, it took several days-

Did you wait?  Like a good boy?

Yes.  Yes.

You waited your turn.

Yes.  I did a thing on the guitar--right when I walked onstage I realized that they were looking at me kind of funny.  I remember my hair was orange.  I wanted highlights but I hadn't done it right and my hair was orange.  So, I introduced myself onstage and they said, "Did you do your own hair?" They understood right away.  I said yes.  They said, "Listen, you sang really really well, but you will never ever ever ever ever be a hairdresser."

So they were under your spell.

Yes, because-

Did they tell you right away?  That you'd been chosen?

No.  I knew I could be Mozart but I told myself it was impossible that at a French audition they'd choose an Italian who lived in Belgium and who'd traveled all over and who didn't know French or anything!

Because at the time you didn't speak French the way you do now.

I spoke in a much more- in a way that was less fluid.

So you were chosen to play Mozart, and more than one million four hundred thousand people saw the show, eight hundred thousand albums sold, three NRJ Music Awards, with a 3D version coming out the 25th of November in two hundred cinemas for one week only.  We were there the day before the premier with this story that we're calling "On the Road to the Stars".


This is Mikelangelo, alias Mozart.  And this is Marie, his best friend and former roommate.

I met him about twelve years ago, all made up, charming, with his accent, his French was a little worse at the time of course, but as soon as I met him I felt really strongly about him, and it's still the same today.

At the time, Mikelangelo and Marie already had plenty of artistic endeavors in mind.

We started talking about art and she said, "You know, I do dance lessons but my dream is to be onstage." and I said "No problem, we're getting onstage."  Straightaway.  And we did it.  We did concerts, things like that, Italian television.

Because Mikele took me on as a dancer, and he made my costumes.

This is a wing that you'd put on like this.

And I danced with that.

But they never would have imagined that ten years later, Mikelangelo would get the starring role in a musical, and Marie watched every rehearsal with the same reaction each time.

I still feel the same thing, it's the feeling that he'll go on to even more success after this.

-We came for him!

I know there are a lot of Mikele fans here.  I recognize them from other places.  They're really very faithful.

-He's generous!  
-Yes, very generous, very nice, very approachable.
-He's really very nice, he's lovable.

Tonight, Mikelangelo and his fans are going to see the preview screening of the musical in 3D.

He has everything you need to succeed, but of course that starts with one thing first.

And even though Marie and Mikelangelo are very close, she's a true fan as well.

I'm going to see my roomie in 3D, it'll be amazing.  I'm excited, I'm ready.

Backstage, just after the screening while Mikelangelo prepares to go onstage to sing, he receives a surprise visitor.  This is Jean-Pierre Pilot, who discovered him.

-I was on tour with Zazie, and one day we go in a bar, and we see this guy enter with his girlfriend and with such a sunny insolence!  He was already a star with his face, his aura, and one day I heard one of his songs, and his exceptional voice, and when they told me they were looking for Mozart I thought of this character.

That's the meeting that changed my life.

For now, Mikelangelo has an audience waiting.  In several minutes he'll sing in front of more than a hundred thousand people [including me!!].

When I hear all these people shouting and waiting for us, it's bizarre.  It's like the first time.

How do you feel seeing those images again?

It's the thing that gave me all these opportunities to express myself.  It's Mozart l'Opéra Rock.

And where do you all stand today?  With your artistic career?

Well, in my heart I have so much sympathy for the producers who chose me, so Dove, Albert, everyone who believed in me, of course, so I'm in a situation where I appreciate and I comprehend how much they did, and I'm preparing a personal album.

Do you still work with them?

No.

You appreciate them, but you need to spread your own wings.

Yes.  That's right.

That's great, because you're demanding, you haven't let yourself fly too close to the sun.

It's really not humility or honesty, it's just after a while you've got to stretch your legs.  It's good to keep changing.  I'm doing it very honestly.

Are you afraid that people won't follow you on your new path?

Yes, of course.  But it's not a problem for my music, just for me, but it'll be alright in the end.

Thank you, good afternoon, and we're going to let Mikelangelo play us out.


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