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Le Cygne Noir – Interview


Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

LCN: An aquired taste, I don’t fit in with today’s production values, i make music i want to make. I don’t have any specific genre style, I write and I produce whatever comes out of my head. I’m not sure how to describe myself, that’s for the listener to decide! I am a solo artist, and I farm out-parts-to-my friends who add the guitars, drums, and anything else I cant play.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

LCN: I’m from Wiltshire in South West UK. I’ve always written songs but only started releasing material in 2019. I started off in my early twenties as a sound engineer in a recording studio and then went on to travel the world as a tour manager with some well known artists for over 20 years. At the age of 10 I started playing piano ( self taught ) but my career took over so music was always on the back burner, until now.

 

PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

LCN: If i’m making an album then I tend to go towards the ‘concept’. I like themes and journeys. My first album (Shadow of a Wrecking Ball) was inspired by early zombie movies and the music of Italian prog rock band ‘Goblin’. It was themed around the ‘end of the world’ and just after I released it, the world almost ended with the outbreak of covid. My ‘Nostradamus’ moment I guess you could say 🙂

I don’t listen to music or have any particular artist i go to for inspiration. I do however absorb music unconsciously and having worked with some of the best songwriters in the world, it tends to rub off a bit.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

LCN: I don’t have any aspirations to be famous, but I would like to get my music on film and play some live shows. I’d also like to-write a stage musical.

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

LCN: I don’t think I’ve got there yet as a songwriter, i’ve achieved a-lot in my other existence on the business side of music, but that’s not really what you’re asking. I was proud to release my first album.

 

PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

LCN: I think you’ve hit the nail on the head there. I am not a self promoter. In fact it turns my stomach to force feed my music to people. I tend not to promote anything too much, I use a PR firm who shout for me. I have extremely low social media impact, and very few followers, because I like to stay under the radar. I am very unknown, and that suits me. Anyone with money can hook into online services to help promote music, I don’t bother.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

LCN: I’ve never performed my music live YET. It’s something id love to do. I’m thinking about DJ gigs to start with, but eventually, and if there was ever any demand for it, then I would.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

LCN: I think they are all scumbags. Owned my major labels and sucking the life out of independent artists. Spotify is a scam. For the thousands of pounds it costs to make records, the rewards are horse s**t. I don’t make music to earn money, because there is no money to earn at my level.. I do it because I enjoy the creative process. Uploading music to Spotify, Apple Music etc is easy, but unless you tell people it’s there, its pointless. I don’t get sucked in  buying likes and paying for playlists etc, it’s cringe. However, these platforms are a necessary evil.

 

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

LCN: The three singles i’ve just released were originally part of my next album, but they just didn’t fit the narrative, so out they popped!

I intend to release a mini album later this year. It’s called Death and Consequences, and it’s themed around the inner thoughts of serial killers. I have 5 completed tracks and one more I’m working on. I’m a little anxious about this material, but when Dennis Nilsen enters your head and feeds you lyrics, it’s hard to ignore. So I went with it.

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

LCN: You can find me in all-the usual places I tend to post on facebook the most.

https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/le-cygne-noir/1470647652

www.lecygnenoir.co.uk

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCugIbkfgw-rFEAwuWeCwUrg

https://www.facebook.com/lecygnenoirmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/lecygnenoirmusic/

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One thought on “Le Cygne Noir – Interview

  1. Listening to Le Cygne Noir is unlike the auto generated 4-chord-on-loop monstrosities being pumped out by the overly commercialized part of the music industry. He’s done a great job in creating something unique but also familiar which creates a great musical experience.

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