Sebastien Tellier Interview14/03/2012
It is the many mediums of French artist Sebastien Tellier that define his critique and approach to music. The singer, songwriter and multi-intrumentalist has made great progression since releasing his first album L'incroyable Verite and going on tour with Air, certainly not a bad way to start out. To date Tellier has produced nine albums and his latest, My God Is Blue, makes for another comprehensive installation.
James Oliver: If I asked you to describe your music using colours and feelings, what kind of words come to mind?
Sebastien Tellier: Blue, Powerful, Future, Awakening
JO: Your first album was called The Incredible Truth... what is your own incredible truth?
ST: The truth of the world revealed itself to my spirit during a shamanistic trance. There were neither words nor sounds, blue pixels transformed themselves in accordance to the nuances of blue. It's from this trance that I built my unspeakable truth.
JO: Why is performing important to you - what does it give you?
ST: Today concerts are an occasion for me to meet my followers and to transmit to them the messages of the Blue God.
JO: Do you work in the same way for each album, or does the process change?
ST: In order to make a new album I wait to be a new man. I stimulate change through techniques that are my own, like replacing all of my belongings, changing my apartment, car, clothes...
JO: Many of your listeners will envy your talents...what are some special talents that you yourself envy?
ST: I would want to be a great scientist, to pierce into the secrets of eternal life, work in a futuristic laboratory.
JO: Can you share a highlight/significant moment of your career so far?
ST: One time I met Lindsay Lohan at an Adidas party, ah ah ah!
JO: What things or people or experiences inspire your work?
ST: I have many inspirations, but those that come to me today are Dali, Run DMC, and Bill Clinton.
JO: Your name seems to be synonymous with controversy...how do you feel about that and how does it affect what you do?
ST: When someone doesn't like my music, it makes me sad. I try to rise above this pain but I'm often not able to.
JO: What were your earliest musical influences?
ST: A-hah, Janette, Jackson 5, I'm still quite attached to this music
JO: Can you share some passions/interests outside your music?
ST: I like to go boating in the northern lakes of Italy and to eat biscuits while watching cooking TV shows.
JO: What are your favorite places in the world and why?
ST: Ouidah in Benin because thats the place where Voodoo was born.
JO: Can you imagine what you might be doing with your life if you hadn’t pursued music?
ST: I would write books concerning the links between art and science.
JO: What is coming up for you/ what should we listen out for?
ST: Today my goal is to serve the ALLIANCE BLEUE with all my forces. The Blue God loves me, He will love you too...
Photographer - Clement Pascal