Interview with LazyFox

Where are you from?
Members and their instruments?
I work alone. I play guitar and piano. I work a lot with synths, and virtual instruments
What does your band name mean?
I like the fox, it’s a smart animal, that is not show off at all, very discreet and quiet.
“Lazy” because I want my music to sound very simple, to convey idleness. I think the best songs / tracks are the ones that sound effortless and seamless. Yet, usually they are the ones that took the most work.
And that brought the Lazy Fox to life.
What genre do you consider yourself? Why?
I tagged my first EP “Lazy Day” as Chillhop / JazzHop. This is the starting point of my music, but I want to remain free to explore different genres, like electronic music, triphop, ambiant, and others.
How long have you been together?
This is a solo project, that started around april this year (2018)
What drew you to music?
I always loved music. I know this might sound a bit cliche, but it’s true. As far as I can remember, I loved music. It feels like music is my mother tongue, my natural language.
What are some of your most influential bands? Why?
There are so many different bands and songs that influenced me, it’s hard to answer thoroughly.
In classical music it would be Mozart, because he’s music is seamless and perfect, and Beethoven. I love Beethoven : his music embodies grace and majesty at the same time. It’s full of energy and it really picks you up.
I also love classical rock : the Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Doors and the Stones, The Zombies, The Kinks, Jethro Tull, Jefferson Airplane, etc.
I love Ennio Morricone, his music is incredible. Every track tells a story (which is not surprising as it was composed for movies), but still, not every movie track gives me that feeling.
I could quote a thousand more, Mike Oldfield, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Glitch Mob, Coleman Hawkins, …
What is your song writing process?
I work by instinct, so it might be very different from one track to the other. Sometimes I’ll start with the chord progression, or with a melody that gets into my head, or by some impro, or it may also start with a synth sound that I’m messing with, or a drumbeat.

The main thing is, when I have the idea, I stick to it until I come to something that satisfies me, and I’m unable to do anything else before I get to that result.
Is there a secret meaning in any of your music?
Music talks directly to the soul, especially instrumental music. There is nothing to point the listener towards what he or she should feel. It is totally up to he or she to get what he/she wants from it. I tell stories, and it’s up to the listener to hear what he or she wants to hear. This is what I love so much about it.
What is your favorite part of working in music?
The composition, definitely. It’s a moment where I’m alone in my studio, and I am absolutely free to do whatever I want, however I want.
What is your least favorite part of working in music?
Making choices. A day only has 24 hours, and it’s definitely not enough to do everything I have in mind, so I have to make choices, regarding the song you create, the project you work on, the direction you take.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety? If so how?
I don’t perform with Lazy Fox, but I used to. When I’m about to perform, I rehearse a lot, every detail is figured out (what to play, when to play, when and what to say to the audience, etc.). And this might sound like a surprise, but this also gives you the greatest freedom.
How old were you when you started playing your instrument?
I started with very classical studies, and a lot of music theory. At age 4, I learned the french horn. Around 15, I switched to the piano and the guitar, which sounded more popular and more broad.
How do you describe your music to people?
I really think that “less is more”, so I try to talk as little as possible. I tell people that this is instrumental music, made for them to chill and enjoy, and then I let them listen. I think that every piece of art, and especially music, should always speak for itself (and everything else is just words).
What image do you hope your music conveys?
I want people to feel comfortable, relaxed and safe, when they listen to my music. Life is tought, the world is speed and aggressive. I compose this music as a shelter, and I hope that people feel at home, in a very cosy place, while listening to this. I want it to help them dream.
Where have you performed?
I don’t perform with Lazy Fox.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
I have many things I am proud of in life. Lazy Fox is a new project, and a secret one. None of my friends have heard of it, so it takes a lot of time and energy to advertise it “anonymously”, on the internet. I am very happy to read that people seem to like this project, without knowing me, or what I look like, etc. People’s enthusiasm is genuinely based on my music, and this is great !
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a band?
Lazy Fox is a new project, my first serious project as a musician, but it starts from scratch. So the hardest challenge I’m facing is right now : it is to grow an audience. It takes a lot of time, energy and patience.
Are you happy with the current success of your band?
As I said, it is a starting project, with a very limited audience, so I hope it will grow ! Yet the comments I get are very encouraging and people seem to react well to my music, so it gives me motivation to keep going.
What is the ultimate direction for your band?
I am currently working on my second EP, and I would like to release it in october. I really follow my inspiration on this project, so all I can say is I hope people will like my music, because ultimately this is why I do music : to please the audience.
What steps have you taken to get there?
Mostly working on my music, and trying to get people to know me, but as I said, this is the very beginning of it.
What steps do you still have to do?
A lot of work (composition and, I guess communication too).
How do you feel about the internet and the music business?
I feel like it’s a great opportunity to do what you like with tremendous freedom, yet it’s hard at first : there are so many things to learn, and so many talented musicians, you really have to work to get there, and especially to get people to know you.
What do you do besides music?
Music is everything to me, professionally. I teach music, I compose music and I play.
Apart from that I have a very regular life : I read, I watch movies, I cook, I hang out with my friends…
What is something you would like to tell your younger self?
Work harder, smarter and have the guts to chose your own path.
What is your favorite song? (not by your band)
It’s so hard to pick one… I’d say the 4th mvt. of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Ode to Joy).
What do you wish you spent more time doing 5 years ago?
I have a feeling (that might be completely false) that it was easier to grow an audience five years ago, so I kind of wish I had started this project five years ago. Yet I was busy doing other things, that I don’t regret, so, I’ll see what happen next.
What advice do you have others wanting to start their own bands?
Work harder, smarter and have the guts to chose your own path.
Any last words?
I wish I had something funny, smart and inspiring to say…
Seriously, thank you very much for this interview, thanks to those who took the time to read it to this point. I hope you guys will like my music !

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