Boris Laborde is unlike any musician. His music influenced by the sound of John Lennon and the playfulness of a ten year old boy. I wasn’t able to get a CD in time for this interview, because he lives in France.
So based on his “MySpace” you can hear tones of the Beatles an Oasis while making the music all his own. Boris keeps his music sounding as though you are listening to it on an old album to get the real feeling of Classic Rock. Though the music may be a bit clearer on a CD format, than on the MP3 files he used to upload the songs to MySpace with. ‘De Qaulle’, ‘Overlook Hotel’, ‘Birthday Party’ and others. It is worth the trip to his MySpace page to take a listen to hear this French man’s unique perspective on music, and life. He recently was nominated for both the NME Breaking Bands and Intel Supergroup.
AAM: What type of child where you? In that I mean, did you play football (soccer in the US), or where you always into music and other cultured interest? Did other children give you a hard time in school?
Boris Laborde: I was born in Paris, grew up in a holiday's camp in the country (same as shining, without the axe and the dead blocks, and never met Stanley Kubrick on the stage). There were times with a lot of families in holidays, and times alone in this big camp, I appreciated both. As a kid I was into music, dance and girls. Good times, football (the soccer for Yankees) and girls my age. No one gave me a hard time in school; I gave them a hard time.
AAM: You look eerily like John Lennon and sound like him too. Has anyone ever said anything to you or asked if you were related to him?
BL: People tell me I look like Jesus Christ, not John Lennon.
AAM: Americans and French (& most Europeans have very sensibilities), what advice would you give us Hustle and Bustle stressed out Americans? I have read polls that we get less time off; eat our meals in 15-20 minutes compared to your long 1-3 hour meals etc. (Nothing rude I know we have to slow down)
BL: I don't have advice to give to the hustle and bustle stressed out Americans, they saved our ass in world war two, and they don't need advice. We don't eat in 3 hours, we make love in 3 hours, it's not because we are French that we are supermen
AAM: How old where you when you discovered you can sing? Did you have any classical training, or voice training? You play several instruments, where you self taught?
BL: When I was a kid I had lessons on drums, it helped me to learn the other instruments. I suppose I realized I could sing the first time I sang, don't remember the date but it must have been a good day. All I remember is when I stop singing someone said: it's a boy, his name is Boris.
AAM: Trying to research some information on you, I noticed that on your MySpace page there is none. Why is that?
BL: May be I will use this interview if you don't mind
AAM: I really like how you compose and arrange your music, definitely classic rock. It sounds like it was recorded in the late 60’s through the mid 70’s. Old untainted classic rock sound, was that your intention?
BL: It was recorded in 1940, I m a lazy vampire. Glad you like it, “thanks”. I didn’t really have an intention; I’m just trying to make great tunes
AAM: As a solo artist you don’t have the issue of having to collaborate or sharing credit with band mates. However, all of the pressure is on you. Have you ever had writers block, or a period, where you had the lyrics, but could not get the right musical arrangement for a song?
BL: What pressure? I don’t need anyone to give me something or open the door, I can get it myself. I never have the lyrics first, always the music. Then you have a drink and the next day you have the lyrics.
AAM: I really love the song ‘De Qaulle’, I wanted to see the lyrics but couldn’t. When you’re singing, fade away. What is it that you want to fade away?
BL: If I knew what to fade away I would, I wouldn't sing it. As long as it makes you think of something you want to fade away from, I think it's a good tune. I’m glad you like it, that’s plenty enough for me.
AAM: When I listened to ‘Overlook Hotel’ it had the same underlying theme. Of disappearing or going away or disappearing, what does that all mean?
BL: I don’t know really, what does that mean for you? I don't write to tell you something, I’m not mad. For me it's just a song. When a baker makes bread he doesn't think of what does that mean to him, he asks himself: is it good to eat? Will Paris Saint Germain win the game tonight? Who killed Bambi? I am a baker in a way, no more no less.
AAM: You’re a very interesting and mysterious man. What would be one thing you would like fans to know about you?
BL: Three things: I don't understand the English language. I like tourists coming to Paris. I always help them in the streets to find their way. One of the reasons why Paris is the most charming town in the world is that you can hear all the different languages in the street, keep on coming. Thanks a lot Christi, this was fun. Cheers from Paris.