So-long, electro. Goodbye, Eighties rock.
According to two top fashion DJs — Frederic Sanchez and Michel Gaubert — this season’s show music will run the gamut from quiet and soulful to grassroots rock ’n’ roll.
This story first appeared in the September 13, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
“Right now, I’m into music that makes you dream,” says Sanchez, who is slated to do the soundtracks for the Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez and Anna Sui presentations this week. “Music that you listen to on the car radio while driving along the coast in California. It’s cruising music — music that’s evocative of the sun. It makes you think of a utopia.”
Sanchez says while vacationing in Corsica this summer, he listened to old albums from Massive Attack and Nirvana, as well as the new Jane’s Addiction album, “Strays.”
“I keep listening to Neil Young over and over again,” he says. “I did a lot of mixes with echoes and reverbs; I like that ethereal feeling. I get a really bad vibe whenever I hear electronica.”
Gaubert, whose client roster includes Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Lacoste and Catherine Malandrino, agrees.
“Electro’s finished. I’m feeling guitar right now,” he says. “I think people will want something full-on. They’re looking for music with an immediate style that says something new right away.” Gaubert has been listening to Daedelus’ album “Rethinking the Weather,” which he describes as “very progressive hip-hop with Brazilian beats,” and the “rock-punk-funk” of The Rapture’s “Echoes.”
“I also like bootleg sounds, such as Richard X [“X Factor Vol. 1] and the trip-hop of Kid Koala [“Some of My Best Friends Are DJs”],” says Gaubert.
As for where these music men find their next favorite tracks in New York, Sanchez scours Kim’s Underground and Other Music, while Gaubert’s haunts include Rockit Scientist and Vinyl Mania.
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