I heard “How Long Is Too Long” online and was immediately hooked. It sounded like a classic Pop song from the 70s but still had some production touches that told me it was 2013. It ended up it was written by a young Swedish band along with Duncan Faure (Bay City Rollers and Rabbitt) I found the website for La Fleur Fatale and watched the trailer for “The Second Wave” (full film is in the bonus materials area) and immediately requested an interview.
La Fleur Fatale
Name: Joakim LaFleur
Record Label: Killer Cobra Records
Most Recent Release: 7″ single (and digital release) with Ebbot Lundberg (TSOOL): “Beautiful Stranger” (August 16th)
Since the release of our debut album in 2007 we have apart from releasing another album and two digital EP’s, participated on the biggest morning show on Swedish national TV, had our music in a major tv channel launch in Sweden (TV4 Sport) and reached over 200 million people in a variety of syncs (Discovery, Six Flags, American Airlines etc.) and we have toured the UK, US, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.
OSW: What is your songwriting/composing process?
La Fleur Fatale: Kristian compose the music, David write the lyrics, and then everybody makes the song sound La Fleurish that we record in our own studio, White Light Studio, in our hometown Linköping.
OSW: What are you most proud of?
La Fleur Fatale: That we are make music that we really love and we find it really nice that there are people around the world that like what we’re doing.
OSW: Tell us about the film “The Second Wave” and how did the collaboration with Duncan Faure (Bay City Rollers) and the other artists come together.
La Fleur Fatale: After our first visit to the US when we did a couple of shows in NY we felt that we really wanted to go back, and luckily our label man, Papa Bear, had a plan on how to make that happen. When we got back home he started to prepare what would become The Second Wave. And also the trip of our lifetime. Papa had an idea about how to connect the past with the present both spiritually, musically and politically. In a road trip format. Together with him, the editor and camera guy Gustav Skogens and two other camera guys we drove all over California during two weeks spring 2012. One year later it was done.
We met Duncan while in Las Vegas while filming and he wanted us to record a song he’d written. We liked it and started to record it when we got home from US. We tried to make it sound like a La Fleur Fatale production and Duncan really loved it. It was the other way around with the Ebbot collaboration. We made a song that would suit his voice but he came up with the idea that Alexander’s voice should lead and that he himself should be doing the great answering vocals. He also did some backing vocals, played a guitar solo and had (some) wine.
OSW: Do lyrics come quickly or do you revise them over a period of time?
La Fleur Fatale: They often take a long time to write but when you do a long playing album you sometimes have to make that long time in a short period of time.
OSW: Much of your sound goes back to the 60’s psychedelia. Have you guys always been interested in that style?
La Fleur Fatale: We’ve been listening to British 60’s psychedelia since our late teens along with a few american bands.
OSW: What is your favorite songwriting lyric?
La Fleur Fatale: “Beat on the Brat” with The Ramones.
OSW: What advice would you give to young songwriters/composers?
La Fleur Fatale: Only make music you like with people you like.
OSW: If you could go back and be part of any album session what would it be?
La Fleur Fatale: “S.F. Sorrow” with Pretty Things.
OSW: If you could sit down and talk about songwriting with anyone, who would it be and why?
La Fleur Fatale: Syd Barrett, because next to everything he wrote was brilliant and you can’t really get the answers of your questions in reading about him.
Just released Video for “Beautiful Stranger”
PLEASE view La Fleur Fatale’s selected playlist and other bonus items at; http://www.ourscattereddreams.com/songwriting-blog.html
They include the just released “Beautiful Stranger” video, the full length documentary and much more!
All interviews and Bonus Materials will be archived alphabetically HERE for easy access in the future.