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Published:August 27th, 2008 21:44 EST
Flatlab: Hot New Band Makes Beautiful Chemistry

Flatlab: Hot New Band Makes Beautiful Chemistry

By Garrett Godwin

Longtime friends Richard Carteau and Jerome Clipez are known around to clubs in Europe as the French duo Flatlab, who`s in the process of finishing their new record, On the Rocks.

Carteau recently stopped on The American Perspective with our very own Judyth Piazza, and returned from the holidays just in time to for my questions -- calling it "a great experience":

Garrett Godwin: Your music is Electro/Pop Punk/Club, and it continues to be more popular in Europe than here in America. Why do you think that is, still?

Flatlab: Sure, the Electro scene is much more developed over here for historical reasons. We think you`ll be more likely to get electro played in European clubs than the ones in the states where Hip-hop and Pop prevail. However we`ve seen some places, especially in NYC where you definitely get the vibes we have around here.

Garrett Godwin: Why is your group named "Flatlab?"

Flatlab: 2 guys, 2 flats, working like hell on their sounds. Flatlab came to us naturally.

Garrett Godwin: Though you listed Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Talking Heads, and Gary Numan as several of your influences, do you think of your music as also New Wave -- considering the term was coined in the late 70s and through the 80s?

Flatlab: This is something we`ve already heard, and it certainly shows that somehow we`ve done things the way we wanted to. We like the New-Wave and all the trashiness it brings.

Garrett Godwin: You have several tastes in pop music -- Michael Jackson, for instance. Speaking of the King of Pop, what`s your take on him with all that has happened to him in the last several years as an artist and a person?

Flatlab: There is nothing much to say really. "Thriller" remains unbeatable.

Garrett Godwin: Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, Spice Girls, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera are a few of the artists and groups that had success in Europe, and gone on to even greater success in not only America but also the entire world. Now, you have a following here in both London and Paris clubs. Are you planning on coming to the United States anytime soon to make a splash?

Flatlab: In the long run, that`s certainly something we`d like to do. Now, at this stage we`re focusing on making new tracks. Flatlab is at its early days and such references are way out of our league. But thanks for the thought.

Garrett Godwin: Is there a difference between American and European music, or is it all the same?

Flatlab: For us the main difference would be in the Electro scene being way ahead in Europe. But the success of many artists such as Kanye West, Justice, MGMT, Ratatat show that the Electro audience is growing in the states.

Garrett Godwin: Do you guys have a new album coming out? Are you going to be touring this year?

Flatlab: Wow... Everything comes in due time. We give the priority to the tracks. All we can say is that the best is yet to come.

Garrett Godwin: How and where can we know about Flatlab and your music?

Flatlab: All our tracks and news on the band are on Myspace and Facebook. The tracks are also and downloadable on Amazingtunes" target=_new>


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Judyth Piazza chats with Richard Carteau from Flatlab