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INTERVIEW: La Boum Fatale

Hi Antonio, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Pretty good actually, since my album HOLYGRAM got finally released.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “No Tongue In Cheek”?

NTIC is a collaboration with the danish popkid Asbjørn. I heard him on two tracks by LULU ROUGE and was immediately hooked to his voice. I’m super happy to have him on NTIC, otherwise it wouldn’t have been the latest single.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Uhm, not really. Sometimes a song starts with an idea or an inspiration but NTIC just happened somehow.

Any plans to release a video to go along with the single?

We actually wanted to have a video with the release of the single. Well, we obviously failed but we are still working on ideas for a video. So stay tuned.

The single comes off your new album Holygram – what’s the story behind the title?

The name just came up in my head – probably under the shower – and I immediately liked it. So I started to figure out what it could mean. In the beginning I was really afraid of the word HOLY and its strong meaning. Then I realized that holy is not only used in religious terms. It also means veritable, truly or truthful. The meaning of GRAM is similar to gram like in hologram, diagram, telegram or phonogram. Gram in some way means to capture or to record something visually or acoustically. HOLY + GRAM in the end it means to have something like a veritable recording, something quite personal that combines both acoustics and visuals.

How was the recording and writing process?

Back then when I started thinking about HOLYGRAM and working on some sketches I used to commute between Hamburg and Berlin. During those two-hour train rides I found the time and mindset to work on ideas and drafts. I kind of forced myself to come up with something useful within the limited time the train ride between Hamburg and Berlin takes. I listened to the drafts and reviewed them carefully to decide if it is worth working further on or start completely from scratch. As soon as I had enough sketches I thought about possible collaboration partners.

So I took a close look at my mates and friends. I am really lucky that I found most of my collaborators amongst dear friends and label mates. I just asked them if they could imagine to sing along my music. However, they did. They all were into that idea immediately and delivered excellently 🙂

What role does Hamburg plays in your music?

Well, Hamburg actually is the place where it all started. I´d been living there for 8 years and had the chance to experience really creative surroundings. But I doubt that the city has any impact on the sound of HOLYGRAM as the core of all songs was literally born on the tracks between Hamburg and Berlin, somewhere in no man’s land. I personally think that HOLYGRAM  definitely is not a hamburg style music thing.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Actually, I spend quite some time digging through my record collection which is a lot of early jungle, breaks, techno, house and … ehm, even trance to travel back in time when I was a teenager. I wanted to catch the feelings and emotions I had back then. Techno and the whole world of electronic music really meant everything to me when I was 16 and I just wanted to recap that. All of a sudden HOLYGRAM became a very personal project as I tried to put all my feelings about music and the electronic scene of the mid 90ies into it.

You might say that the album is my personal holygram.

Btw, electronic music still means a lot to me 🙂

Would you call this a departure from your previous EP or a follow up?

HOLYGRAM definitely is an evolution of the LBF sound I introduced with the Damwild ep back in 2012.

Any plans to hit the road?

I already toured with Asbjørn last November. Which was a great chance to test the new stuff and see if it will work out – it did. Additionally I did some kind of a mini tour some weeks before the release. Right now there are some UK dates in the planning and I would love to play some festival shows as well. However, nothing is really fixed so far. So let’s cross fingers.

What else is happening next in La Boum Fatale’s world?

As I started working on HOLYGRAM nearly two years ago now I am more than ready to present this piece of music to the world. Currently, I am doing some remixing.

On the other hand I have a whole bunch of ideas for new music, too, and definitely want to work with Asbjørn again.

Watch here.

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