Sound seems to always be slipping away, disallowing itself to be expressed verbally. It's almost as if sound lived within another, looser, aesthetic realm. But sound continues to excite us, acting as catharsis for moments and events waiting to spring to life. Polarising, soothing, informative, compositions can take many forms, and with so many instruments massively assisted these days, assembling something sonic has become significantly accessible.
I regards to my business with music, I could describe my approach as being spontaneous, but not straightforward. I try to find something earnest and fun inside of me, and then perhaps place it somewhere strange. With no compositional training, I've found myself treating my songs very similarly to the way I treat my comics and drawings (with a certain flexibility, and using flawing as a quality). By vulgarising my knowledge of western musical symbolism into "tricks" I can assemble scenes and situations with a semblance of narrative, all while maintaining the expectations we have of a song. Still a sequential artist perhaps, but in another playing field.
I've found myself performing a few different characters in the past, one of them being Zachary Airhorn. Starting as an offhand Radio DJ name, Zach grew to become a character in a band (along with Z-King) before turning into a less conventional solo show. Using variants of the name, I've sort of come up with a way to properly present my songs without functioning in a band. The instrumentals are simply played back on a tape player, and people get a 25 minute burst of raw energy. The Zachary Airhorn Show has been performed in venues and galleries around Europe, functioning as both a band and an art piece simultaneously.
More recently, with my stage work necessitating a larger variety of narratives, I have started presenting my music as Andre Chapatte. The choice allows me to present whatever story I want without sticking to a formula. The Hot Piece Of Coal, though performed with Zachary's clothes, is a series of poems and songs spoken to music. By collaborating with Sara Cattin and Kim Forni in Torino, the performance completes an installation with the help of large painted banners.