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Interview VO  (Paris)  Fevrier 2004

It’s a cold and sunny winter day today.
When I arrive to the embankment where stands the Guinguette Pirate, I see three guys with big bags in their hands and on their backs.
“Certainly Tex La Homa”, I say to myself.
And it is.
“Salut je suis Sean de Talitres. Je vais te présenter Tex La Homa.”
One’s got a guitar : “hello I’m Matt”.
It’s Matt Shaw the man who is TEX LA HOMA.
One’s got keyboards : it’s Gish who’s playing live with Matt since 2003. They are just coming from London for the first Tex La Homa show in france.
Just after we sit down inside the guinguette’s cabin, a warmer place :
Matt is very nice : he likes to talk about his music that is very personal and a perfect union between acoustic and electro ambient sounds. He is happy to play in Paris.
It’s an historical moment : the first TEX LA HOMA interview realized in France.

Tex La Homa will be two people tonight ?

(Matt) Yes. I’m going to be singing, playing guitar and doing some effects. Gish’ got a mixing desk on stage. We’ve got a lot of different effects and many desks : he can do some different sounds. So when you take the record, the sounds feel close live.

Will Your songs sound as on the cd ?

(Matt) Some of them. It’s kinda of what is on the record but it can not be exactly the same, some will sound completely different, completely acoustic with guitar and no drums, no backing just effects on vocals and guitar. On the record some have drums, some have rhythms made in the studio. We can trick the things live with the mixing desk so we can control the way we want to go, like sequencing the beat. We can create different versions of the songs. It’s quite free for us to do what we want. And it depends of how the gig goes on, and of the crowd response.

What do you prefer : playing with a band or alone ?

(Matt) I prefer to be close to a couple of people than more because I have more control to explain the way things are, the way things sound and I don’t have to teach different people used to play with different paces.

It’s not always the same collaborators ?

(Matt) It’s different people. (looking at Gish) At the moment, for this tour, we are just the two of us. Maybe one more person sometimes.
(Gish) Our collaboration started in November last year.
(Matt) Yes our first gig together was in November. Before that, there were constantly different members. All the time there were different people available : different people come and different people go, most of them were in various bands.

You never think to have always the same members?

(Matt) I think we will now, with this tour. It works really well for now.

People use to say your music is like an original soundtrack for imaginary films.
Are you agree with them? Are you using real images for your songwriting or do you create pictures in your mind?

(Matt) Most of the songs come from real things that happened or may happen to me or my friends. It’s just observations about all the things I see. Most of them come from reality and some begin with real things and go somewhere else, come from ordinary life and become more cinematic. But they are all based in reality and of lots are graphical.

What’s the main influence for you : images you see or sounds you hear?

(Matt) It’s a mix : all kind of things. I’ve got melodies all the time, melodies are going in my head and I try to transfer them in some way with the computer or with the guitar. It’s a mix of all the real things around me and the things in my mind.

Do the lyrics have an important place in your songs?

(Matt) They do. I like songs like “in the clouds” (from the new lp “If just today...”) talking about real things always happen in relationship or about all the feelings when you are in love. In a relationship there are some different phases, some of them will be really happy, others all the things goes bad .
You can find the lyrics on the website, in the english part. You just click on the album cover.

Your voice on “in the clouds” is higher than on the other tracks. Are you using your voice as any other instruments?

(Matt) Yes. That is the case. Now for often, new songs will be more like “in the clouds”. I will really sing more on. When I first started everything was spoken or whispered, very quiet and I mixed low. The lyrics were very important but my voice was always low in the mix because I lost my days to learn to put all the things together, like on the first record. So on the new record, the voice is higher, I’m singing more and gain use to play. The first record came before I’ve really played live. It began in a bedroom, recording our first project before I’ve built a studio in a house where I can play more. So I developed a very personal “bedroom project” and I wanted to play live so it came to evolve.

Who’s the girl singing on “never boring”?

(Matt, laughing) There was me singing! It was me singing high and I put some effects... My sister plays on the record, it was interesting because she’s not really a player, she’s not in any band. She came to stay with me so she’s going to play the flute.

Your music is like a struggle between acoustic sounds and ambient electronic sounds. Sometimes acoustic side wins, sometimes the other one. Do you feel this way?

(Matt) Right. But when I sit down to record I don’t think it’s gonna be an acoustic sound or it’s gonna be an electronic. I have ideas for the way I want to begin the songs and things evolve by themselves. Sometimes I’ve got an idea, which takes me to a more electronic direction, it just depends. Songs like “in the clouds” was written with an acoustic guitar but there are a progression and some arrangements. Some songs like “when you close your eyes” or “of electronic origin” first starts with the beat and I’m building layers, crating some different layers of sound, and I arrange everything. I don’t really know what happens when I’m writing a song.

Sometimes you cover Sophia. What are your relations with Sophia? Are you covering other bands?

(Matt) The Sophia thing came around because I was a really big fan of The Godmachine and I’ve seen the Godmachine live years ago when they toured in England. And when the band blew up because Jimmy died, I bought the first Sophia album and I really loved it. There were other bands in the press and you didn’t see Sophia. They were underground, not well known and it was quite hard to find. Now Sophia is more popular but in the same time where we’ve played it not many people know Sophia. So when we played the song live, not a lot of people knew it was a cover, they thought it was a Tex La Homa song. We played the song a lot live and on the website I do a diary [ ndr : of the live performances] and a guy from Belgium who’s got a Sophia website asked me if I had a record of it but I said we haven’t recorded it yet so we recorded it just on the afternoon and sent him, not for a CD, but only for the website. It’s a really nice thing, he emailed Robin [from Sophia] and mailed me back he really liked the version. It’s great because I’m a big fan.
We don’t do many covers even if I like almost all bands from the early nineties like My Bloody Valentine. When I first recorded songs it was when “Loveless” was out and this movement influenced me. Now again My Bloody Valentine seems to be everywhere in the press may be because Kevin Shields made the “Lost in translation” OST and is playing with Primal Scream.

When I first saw the artwork of your new album, I said “oh! What a strange artwork!” but it’s really nice according to your music. How did you meet Masayuki Miyoshi ?

(Matt) He emailed me two years ago he really likes Tex La Homa and wrote “I really love to work with you on a project.” At this time I didn’t have a website and he was a website designer so he builded a website for me because he’s a fan of the band and he loved it. We've kept the contact by emails but I never met him in person. He sends me a lot of images like the album cover images, the front cover, and I really liked the way to go because of the graphic design. He works for a lot of different bands like Her space holidays.
It’s a long go relationship started with the website, the website designing and the record cover because he really understands the way it sounds as he is a fan. Between us, we pick images and put the things together because I control how it looks. I control the way it looks, the way it sounds. How it’s presented is important I think.
Masa’s got a good eye and he understands the music.

Can you describe your music with three words?




A lire aussi sur Froggy's Delight :

La chronique de l'album If just today were to be my entire life de Tex La Homa
L'interview de Tex La Homa (Fevrier 2004)

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"Tightrope EP" de Bigger
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"Le bois dont je suis fait" au Théâtre de Belleville
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Cinéma avec :

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