Dozen is the electro-pop group hailing from Paris, created by Côme Ordas et Tom Couineau. After an initial name change, the group turned to creating their cinematographic universe of electronic, pop sounds with hints of experimental jazz and classical hues. We spoke with Côme to find out more about the reborn group and their latest tracks Cronos and Apaches…
CM: Where does the band name come from? How did you and your band members meet and come together?
« Dozen » has no particular signification, it can be linked to many references, which is something I like.
But I think it was after seeing the movie 12 monkeys that I found my new name. It sounds great, and it’s a short and symmetric word.
There is two others members playing live with me, Tom & Rémy, they are excellent drummers and they bring an energy I couldn’t give alone.
Tom is an insane jazz drummer, the best I’ve met, he is also a huge electronic lover so that’s where we started all together.
About Rémy, he is very energetic, I will always remember him arriving too earlier on stage one night, but improvising and playing like if everything was normal, that’s him, he’s a punk.
CM: How would you describe your style? Your influencers?
I am making an electronic and progressive pop music, a fusion between dance music and post-rock.
I have many influences, it is always changing, but my top 5 would be: M83, Moderat, Darkside, The Cure and David Bowie.
I also really liked the last Nick Cave’s album, I really need to make a cover of one his songs !
CM: Tell us about your latest album?
« Dozen » is a very new project, we just released 2 tracks for the moment: Cronos and Apaches.
Cronos is the first track we ever shared, the first step of my new identity.
He also shows how much electronic and dance will both play very important parts of the next album.
We made a new video on Apaches, and it signed the beginning of the coming album, with a story into it.
The track has been promoted on many artistic creations (movies, exhibitions..), and I’m very proud of it, there is no voice in it, he is very special, but our video is really amazing and I couldn’t not release it.
CM: The music industry is rapidly evolving deeper into the digital-tech world, do you find you have had to adapt your music to keep up?
Of course I need to adapt myself in a certain way !
In this digital tech world, you can touch everyone and everywhere.
This is a very powerful place, but it doesn’t have to be the first priority, the most important thing to do is making my job as a producer and composer: create the best pieces I can get and being glad of it.
I need some time to catch everyone’s attention, so our team is very focused on medias and networks.
That’s a good way to promote us, share anything, and communicate with people.
CM: How do you market your music? Find concerts?
You can find my music on every streaming platforms. The internet… The next EP is almost done, ready to get released in 2017, we’re very very excited about it.
CM: You are in one of the toughest industry in which to achieve success. What have been the biggest challenges you have faced so far and how have you taken them on?
I had the « Comausaure » project before Dozen happens, I did many festivals in Europe, released two EP’s and that gave me a great and better understanding about the music industry.
I did some really great shows like the « Printemps de bourges » festival or winning the French mag « Inrockuptibles » talent scout.
But I decided to stop it, because I wasn’t happy with it. I wasn’t ready and satisfied, everything was too spontaneous. Coming from me and my music.
I loved that period, but I needed to evolve, and it tooks time.
Now I’m singing, playing guitars and pads and not only keyboards. This is really great.
Many musicians are trying to have a decent career, I had many chance many time, but I think the key is to love what you’re doing. That all gives us one of the biggest motivation and courage ever.
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