'We make the music and people describe it', says Grammy-winning French band Phoenix

Two members of Phoenix reveal what they strive for in their music

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 January, 2014, 9:55am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 January, 2014, 10:44am

How would you describe the music of Grammy-winning French rock band Phoenix?

When the South China Morning Post posed that question to the band’s own bassist Deck d’Arcy and guitarist Christian Mazzalai, they declined to describe their music, which has shot to international fame with their 2009 album “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix”.

The four members, including vocalist Thomas Mars and guitarist Laurent Brancowitz, won the Best Alternative Music Album at the Grammy Awards in 2009.

“We make the music and then people describe it,” explained Mazzalai. “I hope it’s something hard to describe. For us, that’s a compliment.”

In Hong Kong on Sunday for a leg of their world tour promoting their fifth and latest album “Bankrupt!”, the two members of the band told the Post that they strive for two things with their music: doing something they haven’t done before and satisfying themselves.

“The main goal is to go on writing songs that are good and also making something that we feel has never been done before. That’s always the goal,” said Deck d’Arcy. “This is the reason to always do different kinds of music.”

They confirmed that work on the next album has already begun. Their “long” process of creating an album generally includes weeks and weeks in a studio, recording everything they do until something interesting emerges, explained d’Arcy.

The end result, said Mazzalai, is a combination of the four members, who grew up together in a suburb of Paris.

“Our goal is just to please the four of us in a pretty egoistic way. In this way, we think we do something [as pure as] possible with our music. We don’t want to try to please the majority of people because if you do that you are not pure towards creation,” added Mazzalai.