Moodoïd, the new face of French pop.
Numéro meets Moodoïd, the new face of French pop. Portrait by Hedi Slimane.
Discovered in 2014 with a joyous, psychedelic first album, Moodoïd has become a free electron in the young French scene. Pablo Padovani, their frontman, tells Numéro about his many obsessions.
Numéro: What’s your greatest obsession?
Pablo Padovani: Love and music. I spend my entire time singing in my head. And I'm obsessed by the idea of memorizing all those things we don't pay enough attention to, the tunes you hum without realizing it, for example. I try to catch them so as to create something out of them. As a result I also spend 98% of my time being in love, or at least trying to be. Women are another one of my obsessions. I'm surrounded by them every day at work, especially on stage. I love watching them in the metro …
Food also seems to be one of your fixations judging by your videos...
It comes from my upbringing: I grew up in the Southwest of France, and my family are big foodies. Meals were very often associated with the idea of celebration. My parents invited a lot of friends round and food always meant sharing for me. As soon as I started travelling, I learned to know a country through its cuisine. Food is also very aesthetic - the colours, the ingredients, the way everything is served on the plate, all that fascinates me. I see a certain correspondence with music: in both cases it's a subtle art of arrangement and composition.
What’s behind your taste for costumes, magic and theatre?
I'm a big fan of magic and the fantastic, but also of burlesque and Charlie Chaplin. I'll always remember that sublime scene in The Kid where Charlie takes off on little wings… I also grew up with Spielberg's films and later on with Michel Gondry's videos. His ragtag world influenced me enormously. Moodoïd has always been as much an aesthetic as a musical project. For my first concert, aged 14, I went on stage and felt the need to dress up. I wanted to be a clown. The preparatory stage of make-up and costumes in the dressing room is crucial for me. It's what makes these moments magic and strange, and allows me to lead people towards a different reality, in a little bubble...
Le monde Möö by Moodoïd (Enterprise Records/Sony), out now.
Interview by François Castrillo