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Aniaetleprogrammeur is quite the mouthful, but broken down is Ania et le Programmeur, which translates from French to English as Ania and the Programmer. Ania might refer to an orchid, a moth, or the Polish spelling of the name Anya, though the moth seems the most appropriate considering the cover artwork of your most recent album, The Friendly Expectations of the Stars, featuring a skull with moth wings. What does the band name actually mean? GABRIEL: There’s no a literal meaning behind that name, although people often take it as the description of a thing, asking us who is who. I would say it represents a bridge between opposite and mirrored things, like abstract and concrete. The Friendly Expectations of the Stars album artwork shows a spaceship made out of bones; a technologic object made out of something biologic. This is a good illustration of what I could imagine about the name. VALQUIRE: As with many names, there is a certain poetry in the reading that is revealed by each reader in a different way. I couldn’t explain the direct meaning of it, also because I joined in later, but I never really worried about it. I felt confident with the rhythm of the words and the picture it created for me. Genre-wise, AELP has been described as dirty electro-rock, electro-punk, cyber-punk, electro- clash, psychedelicelectro, industrial-electro, and no-wave. How would you categorize yourselves? VALQUIRE: That’s a tough one. I’d really like to leave the category up to others. I think the more we work on our universe, the more we could say we define a genre for


each song seperately. I’d be happy to see a good description for it but I won’t spend too much time on finding a box for our work. GABRIEL: We are probably all of them at the same time then. We play a lot of venues and festivals with bands from different genres and the adequate roots of our music merge in phase with the circumstances. I like the idea of no genre though. We write songs, and we built an identity based on the freedom of going in any direction we want if it serves the purpose of telling stories. I also like to think of a band making music like a director makes movies, thinking of which tools and language I will use to write my story. I’m into trap music and stuff right now if it helps. As a creative powerhouse involved in not only music, but fashion design (under the brand Tata Christiane), video production, photography, and graphic design, was it music that brought you guys together or another of your artistic endeavors? JULIE: Gabriel and I have known each other since we were little. We always did things together. The first thing I remember was building an rc plane. Gabriel was starting to make new songs on the side and I was doing some clothing and costume design. He asked me to join his music project because we knew we could be here for each other. We started the band in Paris in 2005 and then founded the label Tata Christiane in 2007. Later, we met Valquire in Berlin and found out we had similar expectations in the way of working things we wanted to do. GABRIEL: What brought us together was our level of friendship and trust but we also complimented each other. We work as

Fourculture issue 9  
Fourculture issue 9  

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