Chain D.L.K.: First of all, please introduce the members of Celluloide to our readers and tell us what your previous musical experiences have been.
Member U-0176: well.. we don’t know how to describe ourselves, the best way to know Celluloide, go on internet, check our website www.celluloide.online.fr, the videos on youtube, make your own opinion.
Chain D.L.K.: What kind of work are you doing with your “Boredom Product” label? As far as I know, you only produced French bands, didn’t you?
Member U-0176: yes, but the reason is quite simple, we want to have a complete proximity with our artists, we want the communication to be easy, so to speak the same language is a good start.
We also want to be able to meet the artists, talk if needed, not just using email.
Chain D.L.K.: Besides the “new” French electro sounds of Daft Punk, Kavinsky or Justice, is there also a new wave of French synthpop that people should be aware of?
Member U-0176: Of course. I would say all the bands from our label, Dekad, Foretaste, Happiness Project, Neutral Lies, and the one featured on our compilations… Myself, I like very much HNN
Darkleti: of course, the bands on the label and the guests on compilations such as the brand new “Pistes Noires*”.
Chain D.L.K.: Celluloide formed in early 2000 and, after a few EPs, produced the album “Naive Heart”. On the deluxe edition of the CD, you sell also a disk with the same songs recorded in a different way. I didn’t have the chance to listen to them, so I’m asking you: how do they sound and why did you decide to re-record them?
Patryck Holdwem: The second CD contained the experimental versions of the songs. We wanted to make very different versions from the really pop songs of the first CD.
Member U-0176: As always, we like to experiment things… the idea was to keep the central part of the song (the vocals, the melodies: the “naive heart”), and reconstruct a new song around it… just to see how it would sound in another context.
It was quite interesting to see that the “synthpop” sounding is only cosmetics and that a song can be seen from very different points of view.
Chain D.L.K.: While recording your second album, you created an EP containing covers which you inserted into the “Naphtaline” album, five years later. First of all, how did you decide the track list?
Member U-0176: Not sure it was really a decision… we just played with some tracks the way it came… we started other songs too, but did not finish them…
Darkleti: the first part of Naphtaline is made of bands or songs that we liked, but that would be quite surprising to be covered by an electronic pop band like us. This is because they mainly use guitars, such as Sisters Of Mercy, Siouxsie & The Banshees or Lush.
The extended list contains several additions from tribute compilations that we thought would be interesting as “bonus tracks”.
Chain D.L.K.: Secondly, was it difficult giving your personal touch to tracks you didn’t write? I mean…. Dead Can Dance’s “In Power We Entrust The Love Advocated” is quite a challenge…
Patryck Holdwem: It was a challenge, but it was not so difficult. I think it’s because there were only songs we like. When you really like a song, you can extract the most representative melodies from it, and put them in your own universe.
Member U-0176: Not difficult at all… it’s all about playing with the song, like we would do with our own songs… the problem is that we’re not always happy with the result… so we gave up some of them and only presented the songs where we thought we did an interesting work.
Chain D.L.K.: If asked, could you tell them what makes you so fond of their music in order to record your own version?
Member U-0176: They are all songs that are in our common background, and songs that were not originally treated electronically, which gives us more freedom to depart from the original…
Patryck Holdwem: “Somebody” was really cool to create, cause we turned a slow piano song by Depeche Mode into the rhythmic and electronic song “Photographic” by the same band…
DarkLeti: Yes. “Somebody” is funny because it sounds as if the cover is older than the original.
Chain D.L.K.: “Words Once Said” has been your only album licensed to a foreign label also. As far as I know, you didn’t do this a second time. How come?
Member U-0176: It seems that the German labels was very enthusiastic about Celluloide, but the sales were not meeting the expectations of distributors…
It’s as simple as that.
Chain D.L.K.: I’d start talking a bit about your latest album “Art Plastique” but before that, I’d like you to say a few words about its predecessors, because I’d like to know how you see them right now…
Member U-0176: I still like all the albums a lot; I see them as different steps in the creation of our own style. You can probably find “easier” sounds than on Art Plastique that might seem more difficult at first. If I had to point out some major problems, first I think there were a bit too many tracks on the albums and second, the sound is not completely satisfying me…
Darkleti: For me, it changed a lot from what we did at the beginning. I have to say that today I prefer to listen to Hexagonal or Passion And Excitement than Words Once Said or Naive Heart… It seems so far away right now.
Chain D.L.K.: “Art Plastique”, according to my humble opinion, is your best album, as you succeeded to find the right balance between melody and rhythm, but I’m curious to know the steps that brought you to that result…
Member U-0176: We were trying out new methods of working and writing songs… the vocals were recorded before we had the final version of the music… so we had lots of time to think about music details and production.
Darkleti: It’s difficult to explain how inspiration leads you somewhere, it’s not always completely anticipated, even if we had a precise idea at the start.
Chain D.L.K.: Your lyrics talk mainly about human relationships so I’m curious to know: what are the main things that make you write a song? For example, “Le Baiser Geometrique” talks about kissing, but the way it’s written makes something poetic out of a “simple” act. It’s like you’re describing a painting…
Member U-0176: Le Baiser Géometrique is actually describing a painting of De Stijl movement. The painting itself is representing a kiss, but the song only talks about the painting, not the kiss actually.
Darkleti: From what you’re saying it seems that the lyrics reach their target… Celluloide lyrics are not always what they seem. As the album name says, most of the tracks on Art Plastique deal with Art and how we see and feel it.
Visit the artist online at: www.celluloide.online.fr