IN: The band’s new album is titled “Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams.” Which of these is most important to you?
J: I believe that these items are essential as they form a vital ensemble life. I could not live without one of them.
IN: What has influenced the writing of this album?
J: I have not listened to a lot of music for this album. I mostly turned to photography, film and literature, but I have not been directly inspired. Books have always been a big influence for me and I think it shows in the album at the same level as it is the story with dialogues lectured by way of lyrical element.
IN: What was the biggest challenge of this fourth installment?
J: I think the biggest challenge was to finish in time. I worked on it for two years and it is a lot for an album.
IN: This album is it more personal than the previous?
J: I do not know if it is more personal, but it is, in any case, certainly more thoughtful. The previous album was clearly influenced by the battle between us our record.
IN: What is sexual in this record?
J: It deals with lust and desire which are important themes to explore. Some lyrics are very sexual. This is a significant part of my life, like dreams, faith and love
IN: What is the meaning of the zebra as you can see in the video and on the cover of the first single, “Up in the air?”
J: For me, there are four animals that represent the title of the album: the lion represents love, the snake is lust, the wolf means faith and zebra is associated with dreams.
IN: Who had the great idea to send the first single from the album in space?
J: It was me, thank you. I wanted to do something impossible. It was unforgettable! So great, so cool… Send the single in space, be in the control tower and talk to the astronaut, it was really a celebration for this new chapter.
IN: What is the advantage of this new section?
J: This is not just a rock record. It’s more immersive, more atmospheric. I think it will surprise a lot of people who think they know the group.
IN: When is there a concert in space?
J: We’ve already thought about it, would be a little crowded for the Soyuz spacecraft that is, for now, the only way for people to go into space. It’s intense but not impossible and it will happen. Someone has probably already planned to do so. I am sure. Music has already been played from a space station before sending our single in the air. People do all sorts of insane things.
IN: The last track of the album is “Depuis le debut.” Is it not a curious title for a late tracklist?
J: I like the idea of a complete album with a song that refers to the beginning.
IN: Why did you choose to give it a French title?
J: Why not? (Laughs). It is a language of love.
IN: Would you like to sing in French?
J: Yes, I would. It is a beautiful language for singing.
IN: What do you do when you have disagreements with the other two members of the group?
J: We must give each other space and I think we know how to take advantage of a disagreement. We learned to work with each other since then and we have acquired a great experience. We treat them with respect and kindness.
IN: What soundtrack would you have loved to compose?
J: I would not have to compose a soundtrack.
IN: Why not?
J: I never will provide as much work for a film by somebody else (laughs). It takes a long time to make an album… Maybe if David Fincher asked me or if Stanley Kubrick was returning from the dead, I would.
IN: And if it was for your own movie?
J: If it’s for my own film, maybe. It’s fine to put sound on pictures but I prefer to create images of sounds. I’m probably better in that sense but it’s an interesting question.
IN: What are your best memories on stage?
J: I spent so many good times in Paris …
IN: Is this a typical response that you speak in every country?
J: No. I think about it now because I’m sitting here to tell you but it’s true we did good shows here. We played at Bercy and it was amazing. The last time we came, we played two good dates at Zenith. We will be at the Grand Palais next summer and I’m sure it will be good too.
IN: What artists do you hate being compared to?
J: People need to stop comparing ourselves to Dolly Parton or Grateful Dead because it’s very strange (laughs). We are not really compared to other groups. We have our own thing.
IN: “Life on Mars” has been one of the first group pseudonyms in tribute to a David Bowie song. What did you think of his recent return?
J: I think it’s wonderful. It’s great that he can sing whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Obviously, he does it out of love for the creation and not by obligation so that’s nice.
Did anyone record Vyrt Violet yesterday and can you send me the download through email, please? :)