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   Tahiti 80 - Activity Center (2008)

Tahiti 80 - Activity Center
1. 24 X 7 Boy
2. Unpredictable
3. All Around
4. Brazil
5. Fire Escape
6. One Parachute
7. Tune In
8. Dream On
9. White Noise
10. Come Around
11. Whistle
12. Ear To The Ground

Tahiti 80 is an English-language French pop group formed in 1993 in Rouen, composed of Médéric Gontier (guitar, vocals, keyboards)
Pedro Resende (bass, programming, keyboards, percussion, vocals)
Sylvain Marchand (drums/percussion, keyboards, piano)
and Xavier Boyer (vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, piano).

After the excellent "Puzzle" in 1999, "Wallpaper For The Soul" in 2002 and "Fosbury" in 2005, the band has just released its 4th studio album "Activity Center" with the lead single "All Around".

Interview with Xavier, singer of Tahiti 80:

SWhen and how was Tahiti 80 born? 

Xavier: in Rouen in the 90's.

S: Where is the name of the band coming from?

X: a T-shirt souvenir of holidays.

S: What are the positive and negative sides of being a musician in France?

X: positive: many things to invent.
negative: it requires much work.

SDo you think the emotion is different between a song in English and in French?

X: Yes, english is more instinctive.
SHow and when did all begin with music ?

X: Thanks to older brothers, to the radio, to trips in car listening the Beatles.

SWhat musicians or artists had an influence in your life and in your work?

X: The Beatles for exemple, the best English teachers we can imagine.

SDo you remember what was the first CD you bought?

X: The first album of the Real People, a secondary band of the baggy movement...I think it's that.

    The Real People  

SDo you feel anxious before a show ?

X: Reasonably

S: How could you define the music of Tahiti 80?

X: Melodic and harmonic.

SWhen you write a song you follow your heart, your brain or your hand ?

X: It's silly to say but the 3 in the same time, there's a mechanical side (the hand), totally improvised (the heart) and luckily the brain gives order on everything.

SWhat is your favorite song of Tahiti 80 and why?

X: At present time "Tune In", because I had this song since long time (around 10 years) and it's only 6 monthes ago that I found the trigger to achieve it. Nothing is lost.

S: You know a big international success, especially in Japan, do you think you embody something like a French Touch?

X: No, you may rather ask it to the 2nd wave of the French Touch.  Previously there were not so many bands who sounded like us.

S: And for a bigger popularity in France, it's just a "Matter Of Time"?

X: To get this popularity, I think we have to make some sacrifices, that we're not ready to do... we will see if it happens naturally.
SAs musician, what's your feeling about Internet?

X: It's great to download an undiscoverable album and non re-edited in just a click... but, I don't download albums we find everywhere else, I buy them.

S: Can you describe what is a typical Tahiti 80's day?

X: On tour: a small breakfast not very tasty in the hostel, road in van, some football in service areas beside motorways, sandwich at the same place, unloadings, balance...a concert, beers, whisky...an hostel...

SWhat are your hobbies aside music?

X: Reading the newspapers, novels..., buying instruments, following football results.

S: Are you an "Unpredictable" person?

X: Certainly, nobody at school or in my familly could imagine that I would be a musician.

S: Where would you like to play in the future, is there a place in the world you would love to visit ?

X: Tahiti, but we will wait the split of the band (we don't want to be disappointed)

SAre there any things, which you are afraid of? Do you have any fears?

X: I don't like rats...aside that not so many OCD.

SWhat is the best moment and best place to listen to your music ?

X: Wherever and whenever.

S: Last year you released your excellent first solo album "Tutu To Tango" under the anagram Axe Riverboy, would Direction Germe, Marchanda Lys Vin and Rependre Dose be interested by knowing this experience too?

Axe Riverboy - Tutu To Tango

X: The anagram of Sylvain Marchand is Marvin Cash Dylan...not bad, isn't it? Knowing solos adventures yes, but no anagrams I think (Maradiostar, Hippie Johnny, Rainbow Dogs)

As our website is dedicated to Manic Street Preachers maybe can you say some words about them?

X: I remember one 4 real cut with razor on a forearm...gore. And the end of Motown Junk on their first single that ended with a reminder of "Lust for life"...the rest I'm not a big fan.

SDo you agree with Victor Hugo who said : "Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad" ?

X: Yes.
SI know it’s a difficult question, but if you would have to keep just one album from your CD collection what album would it be?

X: Few weeks ago, it was The White Album (for its 40th anniversary)

The Beatles - The White Album

SWhat was the last song you listened to before the interview? And, if you know, which one will be the next?

X: Lemonheads - Rudderless

SWhat are your plans for the nearest future?

X: A train to Reims (concert tonight)

SAnd finally, what’s the most important thing in life for you?

X: Love and ...money.

MANY thanks to Xavier and Tahiti 80 for the interview!

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