Arnold Fish

I'm so happy to present you this interview with Arnold Fish, a French musician that I admire so much. Will never forget the first time I listened to his song 'The Guilty (il Colpevole)' about three months ago, totally blew my mind... Having the chance to include the song in our 'Music From The Basement' compilation (check here) was the greatest honour for us. And then I checked on his debut album 'In the Land of the Elephant Blues' (out last March via the Greek label G.O.D.Records) and instantly classified it as one the best releases of 2015 so far. 12 beautifully and elegantly crafted gems, that directly intrigue your ears and handily capture your attention. Well, that's all from me, here's the interview...




The Basement: When did the whole thing between you and music start?
I started music 20 years ago in different rock’n’roll bands. I was guitarist, bass player, organist and singer. In 2013, I began my solo project “Arnold Fish”.

The Basement: How did you come with the name ‘Arnold Fish’ ?
I found this name by chance. There is no precise meaning. I thought it sounded good.

The Basement: So, your debut album “In The Land Of The Elephant Blues” is out since last March. How would you describe it to
someone that has never had the chance to have a listen to it?

Well, I would say it’s a psychedelic pop record. I just tried to create and record some good songs in the spirit of the great albums of the late 60s.

The Basement: Are you satisfied with the acceptance it has among music fans?
Of course yes ! I was very surprised to discover that many people were interested in my album. This is unexpected for me.

The Basement: For us, it’s one of the best albums of 2015 so far. Especially, opening track ‘The Guilty (Il Copevole)’ is absolutely astonishing. We would like to thank you for giving us the song for our ‘Music From The Basement’ compilation. What’s the story behind the song?
Thank you ! At first, this song wasn’t on the album tracklisting because it seemed too different from the other songs. I finally kept this piece because a friend loved it. "The Guilty" is very influenced by the 70s movie soundtracks of composers like François de Roubaix or Ennio Moriconne. It took me almost a year to be satisfied with the final result.

The Basement: I equally love ‘The Battle Of The Crown’ and I would be more than happy if you could share a story about it, too.
This song makes reference to certain medieval tales. Initially, I composed this piece in two parts with my folk guitar and I added some sound effects and a “floyd organ” in the end. Anecdotally, when I recorded the organ I made a mistake note that I finally kept because I found the strange result and pleasant.....

The Basement: How did the collaboration with the Greek label G.O.D. happen?
Well, it happened by chance because I was not looking for a label. It's thanks to a Belgian webzine I discovered GOD Records and I came in contact with Michalis (the boss GOD Records) and we quickly offer to join the catalog of the label.

The Basement: You write and sing, you play everything, you produce and mix, you even designed the artwork for the album (it’s great btw). Is this something that...just happened or was it a conscious decision?
This is voluntary. I wanted to control everything and I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do ....

The Basement: Let’s talk about France: so so many interesting and beautiful new bands... Do you believe that there’s a new great scene born in your country?
Indeed the French psychedelic scene is very interesting at the moment There are many groups that offer great albums. I think of "Tara King Th.", "The Liminanas" but also artists as "Forever Pavot" or "Orval Carlos Sybelius". There is a certain "know-how" and a legacy with artists like Serge Gainsbourg, Pierre Henry and Jean Jacques Perrey.

The Basement: Which bands or artists would you name as your main influences? I bet David Bowie would be in that list... 
Of course David Bowie is one of my favorite ! Otherwise, the early Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Kinks, Serge Gainsbourg, the Who or François de Roubaix are artists who are very important to me.

The Basement: What are your plans for the future?
I don't know. I would like to make a movie soundtrack or write an album in French.

The Basement: What do you enjoy doing, apart from music?
Spending time with my wife and my children. Listen to music, gardening, watching movies and drinking wine!

The Basement: We have a thing with lists here in the Basement: your 10 Best Albums of all time plz... 
The Beatles (white album), Pink Floyd (The Piper at the Gates of dawn), The United States of America (The United States of America), TRex (Electric Warrior), The Stooges (Fun House), Serge Gainsbourg (L'histoire de Melody Nelson), Robert Wyatt (Rock Bottom), The Kinks (The Village Green), The Beatles (Sergent Peppers), David Bowie (Diamond Dogs and Hunky Dory)....

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