Interview The Shoes: ‘This Is The Best Job Ever’

Guillaume Briere answers a few of our questions.

The Shoes - aka Guillaume and Benjamin - have a new album out soon. Called ‘Crack My Bones’, it’s the duo’s debut, and it will spawn a single, ‘Wastin’ Time’, next week.

We sent the band a few questions to find out a bit more about it, and what they’re up to.

Hello The Shoes, how are you? Who is it we’re speaking to here?
Hey, I’m fine. A bit tired because I’m lazy. I’m Guillaume BRIERE. French Guy from Reims. 30 years old.

So, your debut album is due out in March. Can you tell us a bit about it? How long have you been working on it?
It’s been two years since we planned to release it but we changed our opinion about music so many times… so it’s taken a bit longer. We’ve been looking for our sound for a while but we decided to go in London with Lexxx an English producer/mixer to finish and find the right feel for our songs. We invited a lot of guest vocalist. They are all English except Anthonin from The Bewitched Hands. we got Cockn’bullkid, Esser, Primary 1, Wave Machines, and Gonzales on the piano.

Did you write (new single) ‘Wastin’ Time’ with Esser in mind?
At the beginning this song was an instrumental inspired by ‘Streets Of Philadelphia’ by Bruce Springsteen! Hahah. But we changed everything in the studio with Esser. He’s a good friend of ours, so he spent a lot of time in the studio with us. The song’s born from us all being together.

Is this the first time you’ve had a go at writing a long-player? Did you go through much material before getting to the finished product?
We are always making music! So we’ve got 500 songs. But most of them are shit. Sometimes we find something good and we just try to make it better. Then we stop, and a few weeks later we finish it. It’s a long process because we work a lot with our engineer / mixer Lexxx, and with vocalists. It’s not the same thing for remixes. I usually finish it in a morning (the best moment to create). For our album we wanted to make it perfect.

Not only do you create your own music, you also work with other people on theirs, producing and such. Do the two ever conflict?
Not at all. It’s good because we need to always be creative. And sometimes we take some ideas from other productions to inject into The Shoes. But I must admit that it’s easier to work for someone else.

Is it difficult to work on multiple different projects at once?
Sometimes I run out of time but it’s cool cos it keeps my mind awake. And it s like a ‘playtime’. For example I m part of GUCCI Vump with Brodinski, and it s always fun to create something with his ideas which are very different from Benjamin’s. It feeds me.

And finally: what’s your favourite thing about making music?
Being my own boss. This is the best job ever. I hate musicians that take themselves too seriously and complain about how it’s difficult to create music. We travel, we meet interesting people (not every time! Haha), we have fun. We are fucking lucky!

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