Fireside Chat


60 minsFirst aired 9 Jan 2018
Laurent Bochet

The French pianist, film-score composer and Frank Ocean collaborator tells his story, from his West Indian heritage to major pop hits.

Christophe Chassol, the son of a West Indian saxophonist and a bus driver, is one of contemporary R&B’s most exciting new artists. A piano player and songwriter, the Frenchman has composed music for films in his “ultrascore” method, articulating voice, music, sounds and images into new audiovisual objects, as a way of “harmonizing reality.” He’s released three solo albums, his most recent being 2015’s Big Sun, and two compilation albums, Ultrascore and Ultrascore II, all on the Tricatel label — Chassol’s records explore jazz, classical, pop and rock, all through the prism of experimental R&B. In 2016, he gained acclaim for his work with Frank Ocean, playing piano on the track “U-N-I-T-Y” for Ocean’s 2016 album Endless. As a remixer and producer, Chassol has worked closely with French acts like the upbeat indie band Phoenix and electronic pop dreamer Sébastien Tellier.


Interview by Antoine Carbonnaux
Written, produced and engineered by Tobias Jansen

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