‘Instrumental, Retro, Cinematographic’ | Interview with Louis Fontaine

Describe your sound in 3 words

Instrumental, Retro, Cinematographic.

L’Obsession feels like a concept album in which there is constant mystery in the sound. Tell us a few things about your debut work.

I didn’t really compose the obsession thinking about a concept album, but rather a compilation of different styles of film and library music that inspires me, where, indeed, the common thread is the “mystery”. Each track could be the theme of a soundtrack.

If L’obsession was a movie, The plot of this hypothetical film would be about a man that falls in love with a mysterious girl. Is that girl real? Is this movie based on real life events?

No, not at all. The plot is only a pretext, a cliché, a wink to genre films. The album is more about my obsession with ost and library music from the 60s and 70s, which, for my taste, is the best period of this kind of music.

If you were asked to rescore a film, which film would that be?

Tricky question, hard to answer. What I would like to do is to compose a soundtrack for a new movie.

What first got you into music?

The first sounds that brought me to music were the soundtracks of animated movies and series that were on TV during my childhood.

Artists and people that have influenced you?

Oscar Sentimento, who opened the door to the world of Library Music of the past; all the production of the roman label EDIZIONI MONDO, in particular the albums of L.U.C.A.; Laurent (owner of “Aux comptoirs du chineur”,a second-hand store and record shop in Paris), who made me discover the work of François de Roubaix; Laure Milena, my artistic supervisor, who accompanied me during the creation of the music for « L’obsession ».

What isn’t a crime but should be?

Call waiting music, when they put you on hold on the phone.

What’s next for you?

My second album.

Thank you!

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