by Maria Mor
It all started with a dream. You know the ones you get while in your sleep.
A dream of a voluptuous Brazilian woman singing “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division in Bossa Nova style along the beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Cal it intuition, a sign from the Universe, or simply pure luck, but when Olivier Libaux received a call from Marc Collin about this dream, he was convinced that music for him was about to change.
Olivier Libaux and Marc Collin are French song writers, musicians, and producers who met in the late 90’s when they were twelve years old. Growing up, they would spend their time indulging in a variety of American and English Punk Rock bands such as: The Cure, The Ramones, Altered Images, Joy Division and more. Their passion for music led them to Paris where they dedicated their time to creating new bands while experimenting with different sounds.
ln 2004, their musical career took a little bit of a swerve. Never did they imagine that a dream highlighting the past could create a wonderful present and a life changing future. This dream became their root by which to grow something completely out of the norm. Something with the capacity to tickle the ears of many with a homogeneous mixture of both New Age Punk Rock and New Wave Bossa Nova. They called themselves Nouvelle Vague, “New Wave” in French; A morph between the French and the Portuguese cultures through vibrations of music.
In Paris, the city of romance, French bread, and delicate wine, Olivier had a difficult time finding Brazilian artists that could teach him the tunes of the Bossa Nova. Through trial and error he taught himself by listening and emulating popular Brazilian musicians such as Joao Gilberto and his famous “Girl from Ipanema.” Within six to eight months, they were revamping these highly aggressive songs like “All Cats are Grey” by The Cure or “I Want to Be Sedated” by The Ramones into a lesion of soft melodies and soothing tones from the voices of beautiful young women, the slight Zamba swing, and a hint of sophisticated jazz.
Surprisingly as everything came together, Nouvelle Vague was very well accepted first by the French people and then by the world. The Punk and New Age/Wave movement in France was not as prevalent. France housed very few Punk Rock bands with minuet audience. The most striking music in the 90’s was composed in England, America, Canada, and Australia; When Nouvelle Vague stuck, it played consistently on the radio and sold over 400 first albums shortly after their release date.
“Olivier and Marc came to the conclusion that young women must be the leading protagonists in articulating these songs.”
The focus of this revolutionizing project became homage to the dominating men that ruled the music era of the 90’s by keeping the lyrics unaltered. However, in order to take the concept completely in the opposite direction, Olivier and Marc came to the conclusion that young women must be the leading protagonists in articulating these songs. Their vision was much greater than devising a contrast within the music industry; they desired a haven of empowerment for these female goddesses that would open the world to a new perception of rhythms and sounds by having women as leading front “men” of Nouvelle Vague.
Throughout their search they found numerous female singers that would take part in the journey. Amongst them were two talented gems, Eloisa from Brazil and Camille from France, who became the first of many singers in the band. The women’s lack of desire to cover oldies or “music belonging to their parents” ignited a sense of innocence and uniqueness. They were the right amount of pureness and freshness to move the idea forward. Their apathy allowed for the songs to take a new life giving them the freedom to make each and every melody their own.
Like many things in life, everything has a shelf life and all impactful singers, similar to Camille, will go off to fulfill their solo journey as independent and talented artists in the competitive music world. They will sing, write, compose and they will thrive. They will carry the pure essence through which Nouvelle Vague came alive.
The truth is that Olivier and Marc feathered Nouvelle Vague as a band for women and for the world. It is a place for women to express their own inner spiritual power with sensuality and poise. Their purpose goes beyond musical endeavors by encouraging women to be at peace with themselves and embrace who they truly are. Nouvelle Vague embodies the spirit of light while spreading it through every dark crevice in our planet. They are a multicultural vision of the world based on love of music, nature, and people. Overall, the fruition of Nouvelle Vague comes from simply believing that we can all strike the chords of happiness, togetherness, and love to compose the true rhythm of humanity.
For more information on Nouvelle Vague, check out their page: http://nouvellevaguemusic.com/
Latest album released early November 2016:
I COULD BE HAPPY
Listen to the album at http://kwaidan.lnk.to/ICouldBeHappy