Hologram created by Frenchies Maxime Sokolinski and Clara Luciani is the new band to follow! After a year of working and recording in Maxime’s flat, we were finally able to discover their first single “Absolute Zero”. The music is dreamy, electronic, spacey; we listened to Absolute Zero until our brain reached level zero/out of space and we loved it! I know you can’t wait for more from them but be patient and get to know this fantastic duo right here with us:
Hello Maxime and Clara, thank you so much for this interview! Your first single Absolute Zero just came out and we discovered your band: Hologram. What does it mean to you?
Maxime: It’s both of a great joy and a relief. We’ve been working on this project on our own for almost a year, and recording everything at my apartment without almost anybody knowing about it.
Now it’s out, and we’ve been really amazed and surprised by all the positive reaction we’ve had so fast. Also the joy of just being able to share with others,and for free what we did is just fantastic.
You both have a past in music, Maxime on your own and with your sister Soko; and Clara with La Femme. How did you two meet and decided to do something together?
Clara: Maxime knew my cousin and she kept telling me that i had to meet him. When we finally met each other we instantly understood that we were made to create together. We are very complementary in the sense that he understands any rough idea I can have, and knows how to make the best out of it. He always seems to have a global vision and know where we’re going even when I don’t!
M: I met Clara when I was touring in Europe with my sister, and staying in Paris. At the time I was a little tired of collaborating, and wanted to focus on my own music. I changed my mind the second we sat together played. The fact that she’ve never had a musical training gives her a touching spontaneity, and an approach of music I’ve never heard before. It’s always inspiring and pushes me to create the best music possible.
Dreamy pop is definitely coming to us when we listen to ground zero, mixing both soft/whispering voices and electronic notes, why did you choose this type of music?
C: We really like the think of music as a mood, more than sounds. Putting people in a dream like state is really what we’re looking for…Glad it worked on you!
A hologram is a perspective viewed from different angles, is that the case for your music?
M: Indeed. We love mixing different type of sounds/influences, to avoid being stuck in one genera. When I was recording the EP,I was always looking for ways to create contrasts: mixing acoustic with electronic, soft/spacey sounds with with cold and darker ones,major and minor, and even creating contrast by the use of our 2 voices simultaneously.
With “Absolute Zero”, we have a feeling of an apocalyptic end; I thought we were done with the end of the world, any predictions from planet Hologram?
M: It was more like a observation of the damages done by human kind on both the planet and themself. The message was more about responsibility: you are responsible for your acts, and for your future. We act like if our behavior won’t have any impact because we won’t be here to see things in the long run, but everything we do today is shaping the world of tomorrow.
We have a strange feeling of going back in time and look into the future with your lyrics, style or your choice of video, is it done on purpose?
C: Indeed! We are very inspired by the whole retro-futuristic aesthetic. We both are big fans of Barbarella for instance and I’ve always been fascinated by space age designs and vintage urban utopias projects as Niemeyer’s Brasilia for example.
M: The idea that people had of the future back on those days is really captivating, the way they imagine the year 2000 for example as a whole new era. We’re in 2013 and the perspective, I don’t think we really succeed in making our reality as good as there what they envisioned!
National Congress of Brazil, Brasilia via Fuckyeahbrutalism
We can’t wait to hear/see more, how is your EP going to be?
M: Our EP is finally done now, ready to be released. Their will be 4 songs total,including absolute zero, that’s all we can say!
C: We’re looking at the future now and already working on our debut LP.
Did you collaborate with other artists for this EP?
C: No, it was more of an intimate hui clos.We were really disconnected from the outside world all this time and focused on creating something that sounds like the both of us.
You are both French; do you plan on singing in French for one of you songs?
M: Maybe one on the LP, to pay homage to our mother language.Clara is more at ease with French than I am!
Your appearance in your video is very brief, why is that?
C: We made this video to serve the song and I illustrate the lyrics.We didn’t see what we’ll be adding in the video by putting more images of us. Don’t worry you’ll see more of us in our next one that’ll we put out next month!
Are you still working on different projects or only dedicating yourself to Hologram?
C: It’s our main focus at the moment, but we are both hyperactives. We are lucky to be constantly surrounded by musicians and creative people so until we have enough time to do all our projects simultaneously, we’ll do it!
What’s for the future? Tonight? Tomorrow? In one year?
M: Tonight: Finishing this interview. Going bowling whilst drinking White Russian. Tomorrow: Write more songs, make more videos.
C: In a year: We’re thinking about moving to an other planet, we’ll let you know
A message for humanity ?
M: There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours…