Fireside Chat

The Blaze

60 minsFirst aired 1 Nov 2018
Benjamin Loyseau

We are family: French cousins Guillaume and Jonathan Alric discuss how they became emo house sensations for the YouTube generation.

Poetry is more than writing words on a piece of paper. According to Guillaume and Jonathan Alric, the cousins behind French project the Blaze, poetry is sound and rhythm and imagery, plus a flood of energy and emotion. The Blaze are trained photographers and cinematographers as well as music lovers, and developed a unique formula for combining emo house with stories of intimacy and fragility. Bromance has never quite looked as tender as in the Blaze’s first video clip, “Virile”; the mixed feelings of migration, family, toughness and longing were captured in its follow-up, “Territory.” With the release of the debut album, Dancehall, the Blaze offered even more four-to-the-floor poems to listen, watch and cuddle to. In their Fireside Chat, the cousins talk about their favorite film directors, shooting their first video with a budget of just 50 Euros (plus seven beers) and the long process it takes to get to the essence of things.


Interview by Arno Raffeiner
Written and engineered by Frank Westerkamp
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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