Late last year, our correspondent and great friend Angie Mendoza of VidiVici TV spoke to French electronic misterioso producer Kavinsky. This interview somehow got lost in the shuffle and just like Kavinsky’s zombie alter ego, we decided to bring it back from the dead. His 2010 track “Night Call” (vocals by Lovefoxxx of CSS) is featured in the title sequence of the box office hit Drive, starring Ryan Gosling. Drive has gotten loads of Oscar buzz so, we’re hoping so will that track.
Little is known about Kavinsky other than he was a man that was killed in an automobile accident in 1986 with his beloved Ferrari Testarossa. He rose from the dead in zombie form and is now doomed to cruise the streets with his prized possession trying to right the wrongs he made in life. Kavinsky’s music is dark and full, and it gives way to your imagination. It reminds you of those awesome forgotten horror film gems of the 80s, a few Italian directors come to mind. Youtube is filled with fan videos and after listening to a few of his tracks back to back on any given day you too will find inspiration for a fan vid. Kavinsky took a moment to speak to us about his alter ego and his true beginnings when he was known only as Vincent.
In 2005, I decided to try to make music because I used to have a lot of friends that were already in, like Mr. Oizo, Jackson and his Computer Band and all those guys were in my high school. I was trying to be, like, an actor, but it was very boring to me. So I decided to change everything and maybe try music. And, uh, my friend, Mr. Oizo, gave me a computer, it was a very old apple. He wanted to put it in the trash. I was like, no no no, give me that. I thought I’d try to make music with [it] He said, yeah yeah yeah, you can try if you want. And uh, I was making, for I don’t know, like one year, big shit music. Um, like nonsense, it was really bad.
And then one time I made “[Autodrive] Testarossa”. I just presented it to a friend that I knew from Mr. Oizo from making a video clip for Sebastian Tellier. And I made him listen to this track, and he was like wow, that’s new to me. So I went to that label with just that one track and he asked me “do you have any more?” And we released that EP “Teddy Boy” like that, for fun. I was very surprised to see people, like, very enjoying it. So I was like yeah, maybe, okay, let’s try music. So that’s the real self story for being like a real musician. Like, but I’m not, so yeah that’s the story. I play piano with like 2 fingers so I cannot say I’m a musician.
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