Joshua Eustis et Charles Cooper, les deux musiciens de Telefon Tel
Aviv ont presque réussi à rabibocher les rockeurs
et les électroniciens. Venus d'horizons musicaux différents,
les deux artistes ont trouvé avec Farenheit Fair Enough un
équilibre musical proche de la perfection. Evoquant les mélodies
post-rock érudites de Tortoise autant que les savantes programmations
labyrinthico-rythmiques d'Autechre, les neuf titres de ce premier
album, sorti en 2001, servent cette parfaite émulsion entre
luxuriance électrique et rythmes croustillants en pointillés.
On attend une suite à ce superbe premier disque début
are your respective musical backgrounds? Have you studied music?
Who plays/does what in TTA ?
Eustis : I have a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Loyola University
of New Orleans. When I was 7 years old, I saw the video for Herbie
Hancock's "Rockit" and I completely flipped out. I've
been trying to make music ever since.
: i started out singing for different bands in high school. alot
of it was punk and hardcore music. ive always been interested in
all styles of music. i was always seeking out new stuff, reading
magazines and getting my mother to drive me to the few decent record
stores in new orleans. most of the kids in my classes thought i
was a nut for listening to boing boom tchak by kraftwerk. i dont
really have any formal training in music. i've just learned as i
went along. i played alot of different things on the record. josh
and i pretty much split the duties on tracks.
How were you offered to work on a movie soundtrack?
E : James Hughes wrote the screenplay for the film, and was requesting
his brother, John (who runs Hefty), to send him temporary music
for the score. it ended up staying in, and then James asked us to
score the movie.
worked with Nine Inch Nails? How did it happen?
Danny Lohner, the bassist/guitarist, got a hold of some of our music
through a mutual friend, and then he asked us to come in and collaborate
with him on his remix of "where is everybody". when we
finished, Trent asked us to do some mixes of our own.
and how was TTA born ? Why did you chose the name "Telefon
Tel Aviv" ?
Telefon Tel Aviv was a name that just rolled off my tongue one day.
TTA was really born in january of 2000 out of a necessity to combine
two different musical projects that charlie and i were working on-one
that was very elecctronic, and one that was much more instrument-oriented.
is "Benelli Sound Labs"?
That's my recording studio. "Benelli" is also the name
of one of my solo projects.
was quite funny to learn that you live in New Orleans, because the
rock elements sound so much like "Chicago". Is there an
interesting musical scene in New Orleans?
:yeah, definitely. lots of blues, lots of jazz, LOTS OF FUNK. if
you love funk, come to new orleans. there are some (a few) people
doing electronic things...
are your respective influences in music, visual arts, literature
? Do you feel close Scott Herren's Savath & Savalas, since it
is to me the only musical project which sounds as good and hybrid
Music? my favorite stuff is mostly Dub and R&B. I'm really into
what Rhythm and Sound is doing with traditional Dub forms in a new
context. I'm also really into Timbaland and Dr. Dre, Aaliyah, Ludacris...Of
course Scott Herren's music is the shit... right now i'm reading
The Tale of Genji...Visually, Rem Koolhaas, Francesco Clemente,
Mark Rothko, Issey Miyake, Tom Ford, Squaresoft videogames, Avalon
C : I'm really schizophrenic
with music choices. i like alot of stuff across the board. i've
really been into the mark hollis stuff lately. some of my other
favorites lately are the dungeon family, notwist, the soft machine,
cornelius, ludacris. i've been known to rock out to journey then
listen to a ligeti or penderecki piece. i'm feeling that savath
and savalas stuff, he gets my full respect. his new ep is tight.
i really enjoy movies more than i read or keep up with art.
is the process of making of TTA and who does what? What comes first
live instrumentations, rhythm programmings, or do you have from
the beginning a very clear structure ... ?
we both do all sorts of things. sometimes the beats and things come
first but most of the time melodies come first. we like to figure
the song out in our heads or even on paper before we really start
working on it::we conceptualize the song ahead of time, and then
execute the ideas.
sounds like TTA's music can be very effective live? Do you play
we play out from time to time, but we are going to try to play more
frequently. it really is a pain in the ass for us to play live...
started TTA in 1999 and did only one album, did you? Do you have
new material ready or any more plans of releases?
J : Well, TTA actually started in the beginning of 2000-all
the material we did before that was pretty much scrapped because
it didn't fit with our revamped sound. we did one full length, Fahrenheit
Fair Enough, and we also did about another full length of material
for the Newport South film score that has not yet been released,
although the film opened in October. we have an ep slated for summer
release...and a very large body of side projects!
Interview réalisée en
février 2002. Remerciements à John Hughes.
Tel Aviv Farenheit Fair Enough (Hefty)