We chatted to FLAKES about their new single KEEP GOING

Released today across all platforms, this French funk-pop newcomer is certainly one to look out for. Have a read of our conversation here:

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Where are you from and how did you all meet?

We were all born in the south of France, where the sun warms hearts. We met in Toulouse during jam sessions or while crossing paths in music school. Toulouse musician network is quite small and helps to make great connections. We have all had a lot of experiences in various bands (jazz, rock, hip-hop, funk, electro) and it is the desire to make people feel good music to dance to, that brought us together.

If you had to sum the band up in three words, what would you say?

Dance, Disco Ball (two words I know, this is cheating…) and BoyBand

You released your new single KEEP GOING today, what does this song mean to you as a band? 

Keep going is an ode to the power of music. That of bringing together people and energies, to make it something transcendent and positive. In my opinion this is what people need just right now!

Is this a hint at more new music on the way? 

Of course, our first EP will be released in October 2021, stay tuned!

Who produced this? Have you worked with them before? How was it working with them? 

For the recording we decided to do the best, calling Daniel Yvinec as producer. A guy who has already played with Maceo Parker, Salif Keita, Mark Murphy… and had a lot of experience as a producer (he was notably nominated for the Grammy Awards in 2011 for his work with the ONJ, the national orchestra of Jazz in France). It was the first time that we worked with a producer. It was a very enriching experience and it is clear that our EP would have had a completely different color without him. He helps us to keep the best, change some lyrics or song structure and find some “hooks”.

We discussed a lot with him upstream to define our music and where we wanted to go together, shared playlists, and ended up spending a weekend in the bassist’s parents’ basement in the countryside near Toulouse, where we rehearsed. We are also grateful to Romain Clisson, the sound engineer at Durango Studio in Paris, who made up the second half of the dream team and helped us to have a sound, a touch, the Flakes touch!

Pre-pandemic, did you get the chance to play many live shows? What were some of your favorites?

Unfortunately, our first gig was the day before the first lockdown. So we did just a few concerts in France in 2020, and our gig as a support band for Maceo Parker which was scheduled for our release party in October 2020 was canceled. What a shame!

We therefore had to postpone everything to one year. But we had the chance to do five concerts in 2020 and the one which stays in our memory was on the main stage at the Carcassonne festival, where people could be standing! Do you realize?

Looking into a world post lockdowns, do you plan to get out on the road? 

Of course, it’s been our dream for a year! Our tour has been canceled and a lot of places where we were supposed to play have closed, we have to start all over again as soon as we are more clear on the health situation. We are still waiting for answers for this summer, it will be done at the last moment. The gigs all over the world have been postponed for a year and the places that remain are quite limited so it isn’t easy to be a band that is starting during this period.

How have you all been keeping yourself busy during lockdown? 

We continued to compose, thought about making costumes for the show, collaborating with photographer for our EP cover photo, finalized the Keep Going video which will be released on May 20, 2021, we didn’t give up.

What is next for the band? 

As I said earlier our music video will be released on May 20, 2021, our first EP in October 2021, and to come maybe a live show!

Where can we find out more about you?

You can follow us on social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (Flakestheband), listen to our music on all the streaming platforms or buy it on Bandcamp when it is released of course.

Anything else you would like to tell us?

Yes, stay positive despite everything that happens, never give up, it will make us stronger and more united, believe in these wildest dreams and keep going!

I’d like to thank the band for taking the time to answer our questions and wish them the best of luck with the new single, and upcoming video and EP. Hopefully we’ll catch them on the road soon!

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