Interview: Pastel Coast

We love the band name ‘Pastel Coast’. Is there a story behind how you chose the name?
I love it too haha! No particular story behind it but I chose this name because I live in the “Opal coast” (northern France), this is also the colours I have in mind composing my music; cold and hot!

In terms of your new song, ‘Sunset’, what is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
This song deals with “up and down” in life and love. The sun here is like a metaphor, a sort of round trip: he goes up when he rises and hides when he goes down. I wanted guitars and keyboards to embody the sun and its colours. I used keyboards from the ’80s with a lot of chorus and reverb but very dry guitars: when they overlaid they created a cool colour.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
I like considering my music as a painting; I’m a big fan of Matisse or Kandinsky. I like the way the melt colours, the harmony between darkness and brightness. I try to do it in my composition. I overlaid guitars playing minor and guitar playing major with one acidulate keyboard. you can interpret different feelings in the entire song.

There’s a music video for the song too. We’ve read a bit about it, but can you tell us more: what ideas went into the video? Is there a story or message that the video carries? 
The video was written by Quentin Marinello and Robin Larroque, and Played by Samya Arrat. They try to bring to light the romantic tumult between two living beings in a incongruous situation. I really appreciate their work and the aesthetic of the super 8. There’s no message in this video (sorry guys!). People can understand what they want and I like it.

What have been career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
The new album “Sun” will be an assumed step in the actual modern pop. I really work on modernity in this project. I have the impression that it’s a good thing to open the spectrum of what we can do. I’m really excited to get the listener’s returns. 
You’re right, there’s one thing I really want to achieve, I really hope one day to make an album voice and keyboards/guitar, but I have to learn more about silence first.

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
I would really like to support “Phoenix” for a tour! I love their solar texture and work on brightness as an impalpable quest. They are French and mix pop, rock, and electronic music. I like the way they rearrange their songs in live. So Thomas Mars, what do you think?

What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
It’s difficult to say what people should listen to… but I really fall for Debussy and maybe people could fall for him too. To me, this is the most melodic artist I have listened in my life. Sometimes you smile, sometimes you cry, but it ‘s still the same song. Masterpiece. 

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Original Photo Credit: Laurie Bisceglia || Artwork Credit: Vincent Trouillard

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