01. Who are you ?
My name is Anne. I am a female visual artist, active for about 15 years, mainly in graphic design, photography and video.
I come from France but I have been living and working in Switzerland for over 10 years.
In 2020, we created the label Mare Nostrum with my friend and partner in crime Alex aka Le Code.
Within the label, I’m mainly in charge of the visual part but we really work as a team with Alex for all the aspects of running a label.
For the past few months, I have also been offering playlists for our podcast series.
02. What are you listening actually ?
My roots are more on the rock side of the force… but I have a wide variety of influences in all styles.
At the moment I’m more in a stoner and post rock period… but also progressive and psyche rock classics.
But I also have big trip-hop or eletronica phases.
Some names in random all styles: Blue Öyster Cult, Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, Trentemøller, NIN, Kyuss, Sneaker Pimps, Massive Attack… What a difficult question, there are too many!
3. How you came to music ?
Music has always been my driving force.
When I chose my graduate studies, I went into graphic design because my dream was to make CD covers… and then the CD disappeared.
In the early 2000’s I met Alex to make music videos for his trip hop band. Then we created a VJ duo and animated dozens of techno parties with our images for several years.
After a break, I came back to visual creation through music, thanks to the label. The music remains, still and always, my red thread.
As a child, I learned music theory and the flute. But I didn’t carry on and I regret it today. But who knows… maybe one day!
4. What gear do you use in studio/live ?
I’ll talk about my visual work now.
I’m a fan of the Adode suite. I learned the basics of video editing on Final Cut Pro when I first started out, but have been using Adobe Premiere Pro for years.
5. Do you have an anecdote or a memory to tell us about your music ?
The most memorable moments during filming are linked to people who were there. Laughter and improbable moments, often because of my weird ideas.
At the top of the list I can mention the blue bath affair, with my friend Vanessa (note for later: acrylic paint does not wash off well on the skin!).
The memories of the VJing nights with Alex are also unforgettable. Both of us are not really night owls… so after 1 or 2 hours of live performance, we were fed up and the evening became really endless! We were suddenly really 2 grumpy people!
6. Which artist would you dream of working with?
Am I allowed to answer Madonna here?
7. What are your plans for the future?
We have lots of new ideas to boost the label with Alex. I don’t really know yet how much room there will be for video but graphics and photography of course, always! I joined a group of visual artists in France in order to work on exhibition projects. I also have some orders from musicians in other styles of music to make videos in the coming months…
To be continued!