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Do you want to know everything about Florent Mothe? His dreams, his plans, his secrets--he'll tell you everything during our special, "Questions from Fans".
Can you share any secrets about your new album with us?
The album is going to be a little more- a little more sunny. A little happier. My first album was a little depressed. Since then I've gone through some things that have made me smile, so that will show up on the next album. It's a little more dreamy, kind of, a little wackier too. The people who knew my music from before Mozart might find a little bit of silliness that I had before.
Will there be collaborations [with other singers] on the new album?
I worked with a guy called Elian, who's a rapper who does hardcore rap. What they did with me was really political and really funny, it works really well. And I also composed a lot of songs by myself at home, and I did collaborations with, uh, with Olivia Reine (?), with a group called "Mutine", who are just starting to get noticed. I worked a little bit with my brother. There you go.
What is your favorite song to perform onstage?
That depends on the context. It depends on the ambiance. For me, the song I liked best from my first album was Astérisque, a song I wrote with Ycare, which I really like to sing. So, Astérisque.
How are you feeling as you prepare to go back onstage with your comrades from MOR?
I'm excited, and mostly it's to see the French public again. Because my friends from Mozart and I pretty much left each others' company since we already toured together last year in Russia and right now we're doing a lot of promotion work together, we're filming a lot. I think we're mostly excited to put this show on together for the French public. That's most of our excitement: being on the French stage again.
What is your favorite memory from the Mozart tour?
There are so many, we really had a lot of fun doing the tour, both tours. I did a lot of acting with Yamin Dib, who played Count Rosenberg, a really colorful character. We had a lot of fun together, so I have really great memories of that, especially when we broke onstage I couldn't even deliver my lines, I just had to leave the stage. And the final performances at Bercy were really emotionally-charged. It was beautiful. It was difficult, but it was beautiful.
In one interview, you said you didn't wear anything under your Salieri costume. Is that true?
Yes, it's true. The story- the backstory is that we're very superstitious in the world of music, and in musicals. And I was afraid of having any lucky clothes, especially lucky underwear, because I had a friend who told me he had had lucky underwear, and the day he forgot to wear them we put on a terrible concert. So I didn't wear anything at all. I never should have said that- I'm so embarrassed.
Which singer most inspired you and pushed you toward this line of work?
When I was at the age where I wanted to start a band, the band I listened to the most was Guns and Roses. It was Axl Rose the singer from Guns and Roses. And there was, there was Korn and Deaf Tones. That was just for rock. Other than that, ever since, it's been rediscovering John Lennon, rediscovering Amy Winehouse, [???], Gainesbourg... not so much the singing, but Gainesbourg... yeah!... not really my style. But it's inspiring anyway.
Have you considered going back to screamo?
Yeah, I started out in heavy metal. And I listen to it a lot less now because I don't think it's that good these days, it involves less creation--less creativity, sorry--and... would I go back? Well, why not? I like all styles of music. I like doing musicals, I like singing rock, I'd like to do hip-hop, but I'm not sure I'm capable. As for heavy metal, I've lost the ability a little now because it's a very specific technique, for heavy metal it really has to come from your gut. I've settled down some.
What are you listening to now?
Stromáe, his music rocks. Stromáe's album is really superb. And, other than that what have I been listening to? Well, I listen to the Top Ten. The Top Ten, iTunes radio, Chandelier... what else is good right now? The song by Milky Chance is really nice...
For which singer would you write a song?
Well first they'd have to ask me. Writing for a girl would be cool. I'd like to write for a whole band, maybe. A group like [???] for example. I'd really like to work with a group. It would be a good idea to do a song with a group.
What do you do in your free time?
I watch TV. Online. Breaking Bad is my favorite. Actually, I watch shows and films--actually, I don't really like tv shows other than Breaking Bad. I had trouble with Game of Thrones. Everyone loves it but I had a lot of trouble getting into it. I found it a little boring.
Are you a good cook [cordon-bleu]?
I cook, but not well. [Je suis un cordon, mais pas bleu.] I can make a plate of eggs. I make soft-boiled eggs. Really, really, really good soft-boiled eggs. And calf liver, really good calf liver. But that's all! That's pitiful, isn't it?
Can you still walk down the street without being recognized?
Yes, I can still walk down the street without being recognized. People might recognize me every once in a while, but honestly it's mostly nice when it happens, because people don't crowd around me, like, "Ooh, Mister Mothe, Florent!" or anything like that. So it's still fine at this point.
Which superhero would you like to be?
Well, Superman is great, he's the strongest one, isn't he? No, Batman. Batman is the best.
What's the silliest thing you did when you were a child?
Oh gosh. I broke my aunt's engagement ring. My cousins, my brother and I were playing hide-and-seek, and I knocked over an armoire which exploded across the bathroom floor, and my aunt's engagement ring with it. Sorry again, Auntie. My cousin was watching us, she was ten years older than us, she was a teenager but she never wanted to babysit me again. No one ever wanted to babysit me back then with my cousin and my brother. We couldn't go anywhere, no one wanted to babysit us, we got into too much trouble.
What's the funniest gift you've ever received?
Someone made me a butter-Flo [Mothe de buerre]. Florent Mothe made of butter. The fan brought me a butter-Flo. Thanks!