Sound collagist, sound artist, sound illustrator, show music maestro – there have been many attempts to describe the work of Frédéric Sanchez, but thus far nothing quite covers it. Operating as a highly successful musician and DJ, he is also a unique figure in the world of fashion, collaborating with designers and musicians to forge soundscapes for shows. His works are complex, poetic and thrilling, bridging the sonic gap between clothes and audience with esoteric flair. He’s worked with Martin Margiela – scoring a show in silence – to Miuccia Prada – opening her S/S14 presentation with Britney Spears’ Work, Bitch. There is no snobbery or elitism in his work, only creativity, a love of music and an understanding of its power to make you feel. Here he gets personal with Jefferson Hack, opening up on what makes him laugh, cry and feel inspired, alongside a selection of tracks chosen to soundtrack his answers.
What are you thinking of right now?
That I really enjoy my life.
What makes you laugh?
People pretending to be cool.
What makes you cry?
Lack of distance.
What do you consider to be the greatest invention?
The invention of writing.
Do you have a mentor or inspirational figure that has guided or influenced you?
What’s the most romantic action you’ve taken?
A video I made for a birthday.
What’s the most spiritual action you’ve taken?
This is too personal to tell.
If you could wish for one change in the world what would it be?
I feel sad when I see people forced to leave their homes and their country for political or religious reasons.
What do you most dislike about contemporary culture?
The obsession with energy.
What do you most like about the age we live in?
To be in different places at the same time .
At what points do life and work intersect?
In the middle of the night.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Never give up.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
When I started working on my own.
What is your earliest childhood memory?
My grandfather listening to the Spanish radio when he was not allowed to return to Spain.
What’s the most important relationship in your life?
The man I love.
Where do you feel most at home?
In my house in Normandy.
Where are you right now?
What is your proudest achievement in work?
Having created a new form of work.
What is your proudest achievement in life?
My personal life.
Recommend a book or poem that has changed your perspective on life?
L'invitation au voyage by Arthur Rimbaud.