Interview: Ljubov Dzuzhynska
Photo: Gabrielle Demers
Le Couleur is a French-Canadian electro-pop band, which currently consists of Laurence Giroux-Do, Patrick Gosselin, Steeven Chouinard.
In conversation with Laurence Giroux-Do
Did you reach your personal definition of happiness? What does happiness consist of for you?
I think that as an artist, we can never fully reach happiness since it’s a lifelong quest that helps us create. We’re happy, but happiness is a grand notion, for me, happiness is the pinnacle of loving yourself and your environment.
If you need to choose between sex or music for the rest of your life, what would you choose? Why?
Music. Music is my hot sex. CSS
What do you think when looking back at your life?
So far, I love my life. I don’t regret my mistakes, my accomplishments, my relationships or the people I’ve met.
Considering Le Couleur as a singular living organism, which body part would each of you represent? Why?
As a leader, Steeven would probably be the brain. Rational, organized, he’s the one in control.
Patrick would be the arms. Busy, hard-working. Steeven’s right hand man.
I would be the mouth! The singer, Le Couleur’s voice when it comes to the lyrics and the interviews.
What have you learned through Le Couleur both professionally and personally?
Everything in life. How to fight, how to love, how to travel, how to work, how to create, how to respect one another.
What have you learned from each other and what do you appreciate the most in one another?
Same as in the previous answer. We’ve learned everything together. We’re best friends and we’ve been bandmates for 15 years. What we love the most is the respect that we have for one another. For our musical taste, our life choices, our creative ideas. At the core, we have an immense respect for each other.
Who is or was your biggest teacher in life? What have you learned from him or her?
The Beatles. They are our mentors musically, but we’ve also learned from their personal journeys. Deciding not to do shows anymore because nobody’s listening to the music, breaking up even though the band’s still making millions. They made choices without ever compromising their passion. They always were inspired and inspiring. They never let standards stop them and they were never slowed down by the rules.
What was on your mind when working on your upcoming release? Did you face any personal changes in the process of creating this album?
We were fascinated by the Concorde, it’s symbolism, it’s sexy look, it’s crash. That’s what brought me to Death, as a theme. Trying to find out why death here was dark, terrifying and ugly when it can be beautiful and celebrated in joy and life.
The older we get, the more we’re confronted with death. Close friends, parents, family.
Changing how we chose to record (live with multiple musicians working together in the studio instead of a more lonesome approach) made it feel like we were celebrating something. We were having fun together.
What is beauty for you and how do you integrate it into your work?
Sensuality. We incorporate it a lot in our visuals, but also in the aesthetics of our sound, with our choice of synths, de guitar tone, or the bass.
There’s always a touch of sensuality in Le Couleur.
What film/cartoon/book reality would you like to try to live in? Why?
Supergirl. I’ve always dreamt of flying. Even better, I’d be the world’s saviour, I’d be the symbol of freedom and all that is good. I’d be the strongest. I’d love to be a superhero!
What is one thing you’ve never done but you really want to?
If you could travel in time to the past and change the course of history, where would you go and what would you change? Or would you prefer the future?
We’d go back to the garden of Eden, Eve wouldn’t bite into the apple and so, we wouldn’t have to live through centuries of patriarchy.
What are you most proud of?
Releasing an album with Le Couleur’s original members. An album that was created in an healthy, cool, fun environment where we got to reinvent ourselves together.
What makes you feel truly alive currently?
What was the wisest thing you’ve ever heard?
Simplicity is the height of sophistication
(this represents our lives and our aesthetic choices musically and visually for Le Couleur)
What question would you want to be asked in an interview and what would your answers be?
Reincarnation : who, or what, were you in a previous life?
I was Vivaldi.
Steeven : A knight.
Patrick : Robin Hood.