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Interview: October Rain

So, who are you?

Hi, I’m Angie! Guitarist, singer and songwriter for October Rain.

Where are you from?

Let’s say Paris, France. I grew up in the south of France and then moved to Paris.

How long have you been playing music?

I planned this band probably ten years ago in my head… and on this EP, my friend Tarah G. Carpenter (from the band Tarah Who?) is behind the drums. I started to sing in my room when I was 14 … I joined my first band one year later. I’ve never stopped making music since that day.

What is your ideal touring line-up?

For the music or to hang out with? Haha…

I don’t know… Tool or Radiohead or maybe Foo Fighters! It would be very luxurious! Haha… Big stadiums, big tour bus, big catering!

What does music mean to you?

Everything… I think that every minute of life could be a soundtrack. For each moment, each emotion, there is a music. I listen to music almost five or six hours each day… I love to discover new bands and musicians.

What was the first record you bought when you were younger?

It was Spin Doctors’ Pocket Full of Kryptonite and I was 13 or 14… it’s still one of my favorite albums.

What artists first inspired you to start playing music?

I remember when I was 14, I saw the music video of ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries on TV… It was huge for me. For the first time, I have realized that I wanted to be this girl behind a microphone playing guitar and singing. She was so powerful… six months later I got my first guitar.

What’s the most aesthetically pleasing album cover that you have in your collection?

Just a Poke from the band Sweet Smoke. I was a teenager when I discovered this cover on a vinyl that belonged to my parents… I remember I was like, “Mum? Dad? Is this guy smoking weed? Do you smoke weed?” Haha!

I stole this album and now, it is mine!

What kind of movie genre do you think your music would best be the soundtrack for?

Well… a road trip movie maybe… I don’t know… I’ve never thought of this before… I see the music as colors but never as movies… I will try now.

Recommend us a record, a book, and a movie…

All albums by Tool. I can’t choose between Lateralus, Aenima or 10,000 Days, sorry.

For the book: Ravage by René Barjavel… or 1984 by George Orwell. They’re science fiction books but it’s pretty close to what we’re living… or maybe what we are going to live… those two books were written before 1950! It’s crazy!

For the movie, V for Vendetta

You don’t really see it with those examples but I’m not a sad and pessimistic person! I swear!

Any last words for the readers of Highwire Magazine?

Thanks a lot for the interview, it was fun!
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