Could you introduce yourself?
Hi there, We're animal youth, Vankou plays bass, Hugo plays drum, and I(Guy) play guitar, vocals and synth.
How did you three meet, what's the story?
Everything started with an old band, Siamese Queens, I met Vankou via some common friends, then, we played for three years together. At the end of these three years, we tried in a last effort to save the band, we looked for a new drummer, but it was too late, everyone was involved in some other projects. Since Vankou and I had a really good feeling with Hugo, we decided to start a new project, and that was the beginning of Animal Youth.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
Well, we play in a band together and we're real friends, but we're three different humans, so it's really hard to talk about a “life philosophy”. can we actually skip this one please?
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the music industry?
I'd say that we're really hard to put in a specific category . I mean, the audience always needs to classify bands, maybe to identify themselves. We're influenced by 80's AND 90's bands, but we still have this modern touch in our sound, just like a good balance. I guess it makes a difference with a lot of bands.
What's one key piece of advice that's helped you through your music career?
“I'm gonna fight, for what I want to be”
Ian Mckay, in the song “waiting room” by Fugazi.
Could you tell us about your past with the noise punk band, Siamese Queens? How did it all start?
It was extreme, really abrasive music. How it started is not really important to me. We played wonderful shows, we met amazing people, we toured in France and Eastern Europe. It was a really inspiring experience. We remain very close friends. That's all that matters.
If you could talk to your younger self, what would you tell them now that you've had ample experience in the music industry?
“Stop trying to play Nirvana's guitar riffs and work your scales, you punk”. I'd say nothing about music industry, that's for sure.
When it comes to the 80s Romanticism vibe that's strongly present in your music, how has your style developed over time, could you tell us about any defining moment that made you say 'AHA!' when it comes to style development?
Probably a mix of things we listen to, things we watch, things we live day after day. In a certain way, I envy our parents lifestyle, in the 80's, the way they were playing music, the fact that music was on a record, or played live, and not on internet. I'm a dreamer. I don't know what you mean by “AHA” , I guess it's from our song “Rainy Day”, it just came as it was, I just felt it this way.
What could you tell us about your full length album, 'ANIMAL'? How did the transition from the digital EP, 'Youth' to full album come into action?
The plan was to release a digital EP, and directly writing a full length. But we met Michael from Weyrd Son Records at one of our show. We became close friends, which is really important to us. He was fan of the EP, and offered us the chance to do a physical release, but not as a EP, as a real album, with some more songs. So we went back to the studio, and three other songs came to life. Animal was born.
If you had to choose any music album that captures the emotion of your work, what would it be and why?
Mmmmh, I'd say “Disintegration” , by The Cure, it was a great source of inspiration, and “Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” by Sonic Youth.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
Absolutely not, almost every song has a different writing process.
Sometimes it comes from a deep feeling, after reading a book or watching a movie, for an exemple, sometime we're jamming together and we keep what comes, what we like.
What’s a typical day for you?
Chilling, a lot. I basically stay in the bed till I feel (extremely) guilty. Than, I have coffee, and cigarettes. I check my mails, I try to respond, but most of the time I got my guitar around, so I don't respond to my mails. I try to record everyday, even just a short guitar or synth part. I also do what everyone does, I work in a bar, and I spend time with my girlfriend, no big business.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee and cigarettes.
What are some of your goals for 2017?
Touring, a lot, playing shows as much as we can, going back to recording in the studio, I already have a lot of material to arrange with the band.
What makes you happy?
Coffee and cigarettes, playing music, and, if possible, the three at the same time.
Any closing comments?
Thanx to you for the interview, Stay romantic.