Always adventurous and prolific in their movements, French duo Scratch Massive have been eclectic in all their endeavours from making music under their own name, to directing short films and soundtracks. Back in 2003, their debut album, “Enemy & Lovers”, was a particularly rock-orientated record before they worked with Germany’s Moritz Von Oswald on their second LP for new direction.
Besides working on music for art projects with Karl Lagerfeld for his soundtrack creations, they have also scored films for the likes of Zoe Cassavetes (Broken English, The Space In Between), and Yolande Zauberman. Now we speak to the pair as they return with “Nuit De Rêve” (Dream Night), harking to an '84-'86 era of new wave sounds...
Dazed Digital: How did you get involved with Karl Lagerfeld?
Scratch Massive: Our art work designer Pif was working for Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. Karl listened to our album, loved it, then he decided to shoot our press pictures. Then, we began to do some music for different art commercials he was doing.
DD: What is your production process like when writing music for films as opposed to your own stuff?
Scratch Massive: Writing your own stuff you have to imagine the land, the decorum, where you're going to drop your music and create your own story with it. In the movies, you have already the picture to stimulate your creativity, and I have to say working on images are much easier because you have already something there, you are just a complimentary tool to give emotions, you are not on the front line...
DD: What would you be doing if you weren't a musician?
Scratch Massive: (Maud Geffray): I would do movies and documentaries, I have a lot of ideas....
(Sébastien Chenut): I don't know exactly, but I would love to work with wine, having a restaurant, sharing stuff with people.
DD: Who/what are you listening to at the moment?
Scratch Massive: (Maud Geffray): The soundtrack of "Drive" the movie, Koudlam, Salem and an old album of Alphaville.
(Sébastien Chenut): The new Chromatics, Gessalfestein, Rebolledo and Walls.
DD: What's next?
Scratch Massive: We are preparing the visuals and the music for a live act and soon the soundtrack of the next Zoé Cassavetes movie.
1 - Chimes & Bells - The mole
2 - Pional - Into a trap
3 - Martin Daswon & Glimpse - No One Belongs Here More Than You (Ewan Pearson Remix)
4 - Avalanche a.k.a Erol Alkan & Boys Noise) - Terminal Velocity (Ewan Pearson Remix)
5 - The shapes of things - The Shapes of Things
6 - P.W.N - Get Yourself Together
7 - R.A.F - The Rebel
8 - Tood Terje - Raggysh
9 - Valerie Dore - The Night