Filentre is a Reggae artist from Montpellier in France and kindly agreed to complete an interview for Essential Pop. Despite being a native French speaker, Filentre completed the whole interview in English. Below he talks about his love of reggae music, his favourite gigs and his upcoming Positif album. Check out some of his songs too, good stuff Filentre!
Q: Who are you called?
They call me Filentre; it’s a mix with my first name Philippe and philanthropist
Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or number of genres what would it be?
Pop Reggae music
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
My music is an original mixture of Reggae, Pop music and hiphop influences with positive and committed texts.
Q: So who’s in your band?
I’m surrounded by a 6 members band. We’ve got the drum, the bass, lead guitar, percussion and two backup vocalist who surround me at lead vocals and folk guitar.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
A good year full of nice experiences such as a tour in Martinique, a concert with Pierpoljak and another one in a college with one of the best audience.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Bob Marley inspire me for a long time. But my music is inspire by life, by links between people in the world, by happyness and sadness.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
I like jason M’raz, Micky green, Patrice (and his girlfriend), Katchafire, Danakil.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
“Seriously” by Katchafire
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
All goes very quickly since I have it all in me. The entire song comes into my head in one go, generally except the lyrics. It always begins with the guitar and vocal melodies, then I write the lyrics and finally I make the arrangement.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Melody. It’s my priority, good and effective melodies. But lyrics have to be intelligent and sensible, and not to harm the song.
Q: Where are you based?
Montpellier, South of France
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
It’s a “place to be”, not for the money or the network, but for the rising sun, the sea, the rivers and especially for warm people who living there.
Q: What are you currently working on?
MY FIRST ALBUM. Called “Postif”
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
A concert with Pep’s in front of six hundred people.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
My aim is to export my music all over the country, then to other countries too as I become more successful.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
During the Martinique tour, I broked 3 strings during one show because of the Caribbean climate, my musicians saved the show improvising instrumental zouk music. The audience appreciated it.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Smoke a spiff, or watch nature.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
Just be yourself, follow your way, and get happy
Editor’s Note: Filentre and his band make some really catchy Reggae music. We’re looking forward to his debut album ‘Positif’ and hopefully seeing one of his gigs soon.
If you’d like to learn more about or contact Filentre, just follow the links below:
twitter link: http://twitter.com/FILENTRE
facebook link: http://fr-fr.facebook.com/filentre
myspace link: www.myspace.com/filentre
web page link: http://www.noomiz.com/filentre