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artistphoenix Video: French Rock Quartet Phoenix Shares Rap Faves

Whether or not the members of French indie-pop band [lastfm]Phoenix[/lastfm] are entirely aware of the extent of their international fame, it’s obvious now that “Phoenix-mania” has taken hold here in America. So when the Guest List heard the Grammy-winning group was following its recent Lollapalooza appearance with another festival performance at San Francisco’s Outside Lands, we made sure to snag some time with the boys. We were curious what they thought of their dizzying success, and for word on their forthcoming album; we also asked them to disclose five things they miss about France, plus their favorite rap music. Yes, you read that right!

During our Guest List interview with guitarist Laurent ‘Branco’ Brancowitz and Christian Mazzalai (guitar) of [lastfm]Phoenix[/lastfm], we couldn’t help but ask the two what their relationship was with the Canadian-born rapper [lastfm]Drake[/lastfm], who thanked the French quartet in the CD booklet of his major-label debut Thank Me Later.

Branco and Christian also tell us about how they go about channeling inspiration for songwriting, a special liking for ragga and bluegrass music, and a favorite musical hero (composer [lastfm]Steve Reich[/lastfm]), among other interesting Phoenix tidbits.

Branco and Christian’s favorite rap artists:

1. [lastfm]Ne-Yo[/lastfm]
2. [lastfm]R. Kelly[/lastfm]
3. [lastfm]Drake [/lastfm]

Five bands the members of Phoenix admire:

1. [lastfm]My Bloody Valentine[/lastfm]
2. [lastfm]The Pixies[/lastfm]
3. [lastfm]Jesus and the Mary Chain[/lastfm]
4. [lastfm]Teenage Fanclub[/lastfm]
5. [lastfm]Spaceman 3[/lastfm]

Watch the full interview:

Phoenix 2010 North American Tour Dates:

09/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
09/19 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
09/21 – San Diego, CA @ Open Air Theatre
09/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
09/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Rail
09/26 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
09/28 – Mexico City, MX @ Sports Palace
10/20 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

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* Phoenix at Lollapalooza

* Phoenix at Outside Lands

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