Tahiti 80 got their start in the mid-90's somewhere between Rouen and Paris, drawing their name from a souvenir T-shirt slogan. After a few teeth-cutting EP's they released Puzzle in 1999, followed by Wallpaper for the Soul in 2002 and Fosbury in 2005. Their latest effort, Activity Center,shows them going back to the roots of classic pop songwriting with a rougher sound. Tahiti 80's new album will be out by the end of 2008.
Tahiti 80 got their start in the mid-90’s somewhere between Rouen and Paris, drawing their name from a souvenir T-shirt slogan. After a few teeth-cutting EP’s they released Puzzle in 1999, followed by Wallpaper for the Soul in 2002 and Fosbury in 2005. Their latest effort, Activity Center,shows them going back to the roots of classic pop songwriting with a rougher sound. Tahiti 80’s new album will be out by the end of 2008.
Check out the laid back album of mellow LC-A+ shots, and then read the interview below.
REAL NAME Xavier Boyer
Describe the LC-A+ in five words…
Black, Pretty, Fun, Old School, Unpredictable
The strangest, funniest, or hands-down greatest
photographic/Lomographic encounter that you have ever had…
I bought my first Lomo on tour in Japan, and we went to these old shrines et al. The Summer light was so perfect, that all my pictures looked like vintage postcards.
If your photos shown here could have a soundtrack of three songs, what would they be (song title & artist please).
Richard Swift -The Songs Of National Freedom
The Band – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Stevie Wonder- Part Time Lover
Parisian waiters are world famous for – occasionally – being less than friendly.For a foreigner, what’s the best way to get good service at a Parisian restaurant?
Behave just like them (but beware there’s always a possibility they might spit in your drinks or food …), and DO NOT TIP (in France you don’t have to, service is included)
If you could be anywhere, doing anything, right now > where would it be and what would you do?
I would be on a sunny island somewhere, with my family. I’d be dividing my time between doing nothing and writing new songs.
As we’ve heard, the name of your band came from a t-shirt slogan.
Where did you see or buy that shirt? What made it stand out to you?
Friends of my family brought the T-shirt back from Tahiti in 1980. Basically it was just a souvenir T-shirt. Many years later, I stole it from my dad! It just looked cool, cooler than, say, Hawaii 79, I guess because Tahiti is a French island so in a way, it made sense. Usually, bands find a name and then they print T-shirts, we did it the other way round. Funnily enough, my brother found a second original model on ebay the other day!
True story: we’ve sung “Heartbeat” many, many times at karaoke.
It’s a crowd pleaser! And we seriously love it. What’s your favorite karaoke song?
Got any special karaoke stories?
We always end our Japanese tour by going to a karaoke, and we sing, badly, all sort of songs (Smokey Robinson, Beck…). Singing our own songs is such a crazy thing to do, that we can’t
resist doing it. If fans were listening to us in a karaoke booth, I guess they wouldn’t believe we wrote them in the first place!
The one person (living or deceased) who you would most like to photograph?
I’d love to to do a Lomo self portrait picture with Michel Platini (my all time fav football/soccer player)
What future do you see for analog photography? What do you think sets it apart from digital?
Like cd’s, mp3’s and vinyl, all formats have their pros and cons. I believe that people will always love
the thrill of discovering, a posteriori, the pictures they have taken with their analog camera. In a digital world, these surprises don’t exist anymore.
Your advice to future LC-A+ shooters.
Once you master the focus switch, sky’s the limit!