The Confessional: René-Frantz Durosel
René-Frantz Durosel, between Montréal & Paris | Behind every great album, is a great producer. René-Frantz is behind two that have changed French R n’ B (Corneille’s Parce qu’on vient de loin & Gage’s Soul Rebel). He could easily be the poster child for the new breed of successful young mavericks in the Music Biz but by all accounts, this Soul provider is much more than the epithets associated with fame.
You’ve been semi-critical of my blog. Should I be scared of you answering this Questionnaire? Not at all. I criticized because I liked it. I don’t really waste time with things that don’t interest me.
You’re a successful music producer, a music video director and have dabbled in many facets of the music world. You’re part of that new breed of young Renaissance Men. Name two others before you who’ve had a certain influence on you. Walter Yetnikoff: The man who spearheaded Sony music (CBS) as a record company, for those who forgot. They only made radios and tape decks once! A crazy man who was true and an artist in his way of conducting business.
Sean Combs: This Man started out with nothing. But for every opportunity he made the impossible happen. Because of sheer confidence and a scoop of arrogance he changed the way of video making for all music genres and brought American black music and young black culture to the rest of the world by opening doors that weren’t opened at the time. I have to say I can do what I do because he’s inspired me to take risks.
You’ve had a public business break-up with singer Corneille, who used to be on your label. Is all fair in Love & Music? Although I don’t regret any of the decisions that led to the “break-up” one thing that I would never do again is to partner with an artist in one same company. There is music and then there is business. I’ve learn how to manage the two better.
I find that
Your label, Angel Dust, has well-deserved resounding success in
You spend a great amount of time in
As a Renaissance man, surely style is of the essence. What are your must accessories for Spring/Summer 2008? Silk scarves! Dark tint sunglasses. (Tom Fords’ are the best). Colorful socks! I’ve been trying to get guys into something else than white, black or grey socks. Funk it up people!!!!! Ok, last but not least: I don’t care how comfortable they are: Crocs are a no go!!!! Unless, you’re on the beach with your kids.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller
Nirvana’s Never Mind
They’re just some of my personal favorites.
What is a sure turn on? A beautiful girl who acts and lives like she doesn’t know she is.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Wow, I expected to see you 40 years ago.
You are in front of 90 000 screaming & adoring fans at Wembley Stadium. What song are you belting out? A hit song from one of my artists. You didn’t specify but in this dream I’m on the side of the stage screaming while the artist is kicking ass on stage.
On a deserted island, what do you bring besides your I-Phone & your Amex? My photo albums.
What entity or person is in most need of a new PR campaign? The U.N. The new slogan should be. “People paid a shit load of money to act like they care”.
When will I see you next? Probably in the newspapers. Some big announcement coming soon !!!! Seriously, I’d invite you over but I’ll be homeless soon. I sold my place and I haven’t found my new home yet. If you don’t mind me sleeping over that would probably be the quickest way. Lol.
René-Frantz’s latest artistic directing, Gage’s “Pardonne-moi” music video :