What about outside of dance music?
BANGALTER: What’s happening in the alternative scene right now is much more interesting to us. Whether it’s Bon Iver and James Blake; they are very interesting artists. It’s like [when we are] doing a film score. It’s a challenge. We have to score a film that fits into the dialogue and the scene. In some sense, pop or dance music has its own room. You can encourage a certain dynamic of a young generation that felt maybe they didn’t fit in, but in the end feel energized by that possible vitality. That’s what the music needs, and what the people need. The next generation of music is coming with fresh ideas and from kids who have enough self-confidence that they won’t be crushed by their own insecurities.
How do you get rid of insecurities, the fear?
BANGALTER: You don’t bluff. For us, we have no goal. The problem is when you have a goal; you’re ready to reach it at any cost. We have no direction, and we don’t know in which direction we want to go.
DE HOMEM-CHRISTO: We don’t feel like we have to do anything we don’t want to. So if we wanted to release an album or just experiment, we put all this thought, time and money into experimenting. There was no guarantee we’d make anything at the end. At the end, it took five years to make, and we had no clue where it was going to end up. When we feel excited by an idea, whether it’s a movie or anything we think we can participate in, we’ll do it. [We] just find the right partners in order to spend our time enjoying life. The only pressure is our pressure. To me, and I think it’s the same for Pharrell, we’re just friends and we’re all professionals. So people that like what we do or what Pharrell does call us genius, but we really don’t care for the term. We just like what we do.
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