Interview with Flora Fischbach

On a cold winter morning, I went to the suburbs of Paris, Midilive is located here - one of the most unusual recording studios in France. It was created in the 1970s for the Vogue label, where the songs of the cult artists Francoise Hardy and Johnny Holliday were recorded. Exceptional acoustics were developed here by Serge Doll and Francis Milano, they also turned the studio into something like a bunker of sorts.

On a cold winter morning, I went to the suburbs of Paris, Midilive is located here - one of the most unusual recording studios in France. It was created in the 1970s for the Vogue label, where the songs of the cult artists Francoise Hardy and Johnny Holliday were recorded. Exceptional acoustics were developed here by Serge Doll and Francis Milano, they also turned the studio into something like a bunker of sorts.

I told Flora that she needs to act in films. She laughed: I hit the nail on the head. In the spring, Canal + will air the Vernon Subutex series - the film adaptation of the novel by a popular French writer, Booker Prize nominee and feminists Virginie Despentes. Romain Duris plays the lead role: he plays Vernon, a colorful Parisian character, former owner of a music store, and now an outcast who has lost his business and money. Fischbach plays his girlfriend Anais - a bohemian girl with no particular profession, but with a penchant for adventure. It is best to watch the series in the original version, since Flora’s voice needs to be heard: it’s deep, slightly hoarse - a cross between the sound of a flute, a tub and an alto saxophone.

The "Fischbach" music (as Flora calls her solo musical project) is closest to the synth-pop: it was certainly influenced by the 80s, which the singer loves so much. On stage, she plays an electric guitar, which immediately catches the eye. This Vox Mark V is a legendary instrument that was born in 1962: Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Dee Dee Ramone and dozens of other rock stars loved it for it unusual design, ergonomics and excellent sound. In 2012, the guitar was re-released - Fischbach has a new version of it.

“I am inspired by the music that my parents listened to at parties when they first started dating. And the clothes that mom and dad wore when they were young. I reviewed all the photos of that time, I am kinda sad that she didn’t keep the clothes. I am happy that a lot of the 80s things are still there: analog synthesizers, bright colors, high-waist jeans and skirts.”

“I am inspired by the music that my parents listened to at parties when they first started dating. And the clothes that mom and dad wore when they were young. I reviewed all the photos of that time, I am kinda sad that she didn’t keep the clothes. I am happy that a lot of the 80s things are still there: analog synthesizers, bright colors, high-waist jeans and skirts.”

The Matrix is one of Fischbach's favorite films. She loves dystopias, fantastic movies that depict alternate history, but at the same time she is very romantic. She believes that music is not only entertainment, but also therapy. “My mother works with older people, and before making music professionally, I played for them, my friend asked me to find me a wife . We used music to distract patients, especially those who suffer from Alzheimer's disease. It worked.”

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