Indigo – Interview

Indigo – Interview

Interview with Tristan Gauthier of Indigo and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

Tristan Gauthier: I play guitar, sing and write songs for my one year old band named INDIGO!


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

TG: Well, I fell in love with music at a very young age listening to my parents cassettes and vinyls of the Beatles, the Clash, the Stones and stuff like that and then I started playing piano around 8 and right after that, the excitement of all the amazing 90s rock bands like Nirvana, the Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam etc made me pick up a guitar, get my hair long and.. « grungy » (laughs) and I started writing songs, having bands, making concerts, records and now there we are with what I feel like the band I always wanted to be in.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

TG: Oh they are so many! Well, like I said, I was a teenager in the 90s so yeah, I’m very influenced by lots of stuff that was released through this wonderful decade for rock music but, all those bands made me also being curious about their own influences that I would learn while reading articles about them so I became also passionated about folk music, punk rock, some heavy stuff from the 70s, indie pop etc so all these bands and songs being analyzed between my two ears are part of how INDIGO sounds now. But, just like bands like Biffy Clyro, Real Estate or The War on Drugs I think we definitely sound like a band from the 2020s just making new with old. Then, my non-musical influences would be.. just.. life! I mean my lyrics are very autobiographicals and I mostly always write a new song when I’m moved or pissed by something, so yeah, it’s all about relationships with friends, lovers, family, toxic people, what society wants us to be and do etc and, even though the subjects are always kind of deep, they are always full with optimism. Always finding the positive through the negative. Lots of resilience in it. Which sounds like a good thing in these times of crisis!


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

TG: Well for me, as a songwriter the ultimate goal is to live from it! Make some records and concerts without struggling. So, I’m trying my best to reach that balance. Then I’d love to have a house in the country not far from Paris where I could have a music rehearsal place where I’d be able to record and invite some musician friends to jam and make some exciting projects and also.. have a garden full with vegetables and animals!! Not joking! (Laughs)


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

TG: For the moment it’s all « DIY »! (Laughs) Contacting medias to play our songs, promote our EP, music video etc all by ourselves! But, recently the public relationships agency ROGUE PR have been helping us on finding some cool music blogs like yours in the UK so it’s kind of a relief to work with them! Then about promoting our shows, you know our release party have been cancelled due to COVID-19 so the future is kind of uncertain about playing for the next few months but, usually we promote it through our social medias and sometimes by putting up posters in the streets, bars and shops.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

TG: Well, even though nothing can replace the touch and smell of a vinyl or a CD, streaming is how music is being « consumed » now. It’s very convenient to use, a good way of exposure but also it’s almost like giving your music for free. It kinda killed the whole concept of what an album is as now it’s all about releasing singles and EPs. I guess thats what it is to live in the 21st century as a musician!


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

TG: Mmm.. hard to answer.. maybe, « Perfect day » by Lou Reed? It’s lyrically and musically pretty simple but still a wonderful song. Actually that’s what makes me very admiring about Lou Reed, he would write the most powerful songs with such simple chords and simple words, I love that!


PD: What are some of your interests?

TG: Well my life is 99% about music but I also love going for long hikes in the mountains, meditating while listening to the birds and sounds from the valley, I love travelling too, I love swimming, cooking and.. making naps! Lots of!! (Laughs)


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

TG: Definitely making my first solo EP (Tristan Gauthier « The Sunny Side of the Street ») 5 years ago and playing it in the famous venue the Folie’s Pigalle in Paris. That was the achievement of lots of work and a long time dream so yeah, I’m very proud I did my best to make it happen.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

TG: Well, we just released our first EP « The Distance: part I » which, as the title says, is the first part of three EPs that will form a full record when they’ll all be out. It came along with a music video for our first single « Like a Seed in the Sand » (available on YouTube) and now we’re about to record the « part II » of the project this summer in our favorite music studio Montmartre Recording (Woodkid, Lily Wood & the Rock etc) in Paris!


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 

TG: You can find us on absolutely every platforms by searching: INDIGO « The Distance: part I »!

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