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Roger Waters

Roger Waters: “We are on a knife’s edge”

October 16, 2019
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Mr. Waters, your songs have long been used as protest anthems and as messages of hope during times of political and social struggle. Is it disappointing that today they are more relevant than ever?

I have only been working for 50 odd years. Pink Floyd turned pro in 1967, and we didn’t release Dark Side of the Moon until 1974 — and since then, well, that’s a heartbeat, it’s a nanosecond, it’s nothing in comparison with history. I feel very lucky to be able to do what I do, but I am also very surprised that there aren’t more people making a bit of a fuss about what is going on.

But there are still so many people who come to your shows and support your messages. Does that give you hope?

Oh God, yeah. Particularly during this song “Déjà Vu,” I remember there was a young woman in the front row singing along and… It was very moving. I feel incredibly lucky that people are attaching to the ideas and the feelings that are in the songs. They somehow resonate with their lives and their beating hearts, which is fantastic. Unlike some of my contemporaries I don’t have to keep jogging out there to make a few quid and watching the audience getting as old as I am, it’s thrilling to me that I have a young demographic of people coming to the shows because politics and the exchange of love is deeply, desperately important to all of our lives, including theirs.

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Fabien Baron

Fabien Baron: “We’ve just seen the beginning”

October 9, 2019
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Mr. Baron, what is the most crucial element in art direction today?

I think that the point of view remains the most important thing. Your voice is your voice and you need to keep it. That way, people are going to look at what you have to say! You know, I think what defines visual culture today is Instagram, selfies, and social media, unfortunately. I think all brands were a little bit overwhelmed by the arrival of digital mediums and felt quite insecure because all of a sudden they became immersed in a category they didn't know much about, and they didn’t really understand how it worked.

So, these brands suddenly had to establish a whole new voice for themselves…

Yes. Many of these brands lost their voices because they followed the common denominator of what makes something acceptable for the masses. And being a luxury brand, you don't want to talk to everybody! You want to be a little bit more highbrow, you want to be a little bit more selective, and you want to be more precise with your voice. But instead, it’s more mediocre than it used to be, but there's so much of it that it took over everything. And I think the idea of excellence, the idea of good visuals has fallen way. Everybody's been going this new route of just throwing in anything with your phone and that’s good enough. Content for the sake of content. There's less an idea of elegance, everything is more sloppy, more common…