symbols Magazine: How did your sound develop?
Engus: Initially, our sound was developed as a result of our frustrations: 3 years ago we listened to bands who were producing fat turbine electro and we were disappointed that we were not able to reproduce their kind of sound. Gradually, however we discovered textures that we liked. So, our sound has been achieved by discovery, not a premeditated choice. And then, deepening the type of sounds and textures we were working with, made us design the sound image we wanted to create.
Eléonore: Since our track Black Sun, we have established our sound. Now we know how we want our sound - and also in what direction we want to develop it.
sM: How do you feel about the expansion of cello and violin in the EDM sphere of music (i.e. Lindsey Sterling)?
Engus: As violinist, I need to protect the time which I dedicate to it as an intimate moment, far from the electro-rock sphere. To play the violin is a moment of relaxation, a suspended moment. Thus, I separate strongly these two universes.
Eléonore: However, we adore the work of Craig Amstrong. But the mixture EDM and classic instruments does not thrill us.
sM: Who are your biggest influences in music?
Eléonore: Our influences evolve all the time. But the fundamental ones are Cubanate, My Bloody Valentine, Pink Floyd, Ministry...
Engus: 2 Fingers, Nail Bomb, The Prodigy, Prong…
sM: Are you more inspired by modern string pop versus classical?
Engus: Neither of them. We listen to both these two types of music but for pleasure not for a source of inspiration. As well as movies, like Cloud Atlas, No country for old men…
Eléonore: we are more inspired by the pictorial art: Monet, Rothko, Soulages, Ernesto Neto, Takeshi Murakami…
sM: So playing Coachella is a huge event. How do you come down from that kind of high? Who were you the most excited to see?
Eléonore: So, we came down naturally, because we went to see a lot of live performances right after our own show as well as the day after.
Engus: We enjoyed The Pixies, Lana Del Rey, Arcade Fire, Alesso, Queens of the stone age, Skrillex, Lorde…
sM: What is the most unusual thing on your tour rider?
Engus: “No cabbages!”
sM: What is the life transition like, from being on tour and free to having to go back to school? Is it a rather large adjustment?
Eléonore: Being on tour is also a discipline and an organized assignment. So it is part of our scehdule, just like school.
Engus: Of course it is more pleasant than school, but on tour you’re constantly waiting for appointments and spending time in airports. There’s a lot of lost time.
Eléonore: We do not talk about our music project at school, to keep the relationships with our friends natural. And they don’t ask us about it, they respect our discretion.
sM: Are you ever intimidated by your success?
Engus: We consider our project a mutual experience, a way to be together, Eléonore and me, creating a framework of expression. We do know that this will be one chapter in our life, so we don’t regard it as success.
Eléonore: Success could mean “we’ve achieved something”. That is not the case. We design our road.
sM: What do you see for yourself a year from now? 5 years from now?
Eléonore: A year from now, I hope I will have discovered at least what kind of job I will be interested in. 5 years from now, God only knows…
Engus: A year from now, I hope I would have passed my exam. 5 years from now, is too abstract for me.
sM: What are you hoping your fans take away from your music?
Engus: Energy, strength, emotion…
Eléonore: The will to surpass themselves, make their life an amazing experience, which we all fight for.