His new album, “The Future”, has just been released and is at the top of sales. Supported by Calogero, Florent Pagny advocates great optimism against the current atmosphere. He will be in concert at the Zénith in Toulouse on December 15th.
It’s a big year for you, that of the 60 years (November 6) and of the 20th studio album. What place do the numbers occupy in you?
A very large, much larger than one imagines. In the street, I look at the license plates, the street numbers. A 27? The luck is there. The 777: everything will be fine. The 666: beware… I watch all this, like a game. Today, I had to give 6 interviews. Fortunately, a 7th was added at the last moment!
This 60th year, how do you see it?
Very well. As long as we pay attention to what we eat and what we do, we live better and better, much longer than previous generations. 60 years old is just a milestone, a moment in life. Of course, I’m not going to continue to act like a kid. But, at the moment, I am taking care of so many things! As a page turns as much as it is full.
60 years old is the age to become a grandfather …
I don’t particularly think about that. Our two sons have a fiancée. But the kids (Inca and Aël, Editor’s note) do not plan to have children today before having lived a little. The question of the grandfather is therefore not on the agenda.
Calogero is involved at all stages of the development of your album. A real super Calo!
You can actually call it that. He is so incredible, able to take all the places and be everywhere in his place. He who, in life, is a silent, an introvert, gives everything when it comes to music. He composed most of the songs, contacted the authors, chose the songs, produced the album and kept a very close eye on the mix. This guy is a real genius. What he did on this record is a very nice birthday present.
Do you have any data at the start?
None ! I just wanted the creation of this album to be easy and enjoyable. And it was because he did everything, without any specifications. This guy is a Gremlin: he splits himself, able to take care of his album and mine at the same time without them being alike. With in both cases a fair and beautiful result.
How did you view the texts?
Again, Calo blew me away. Out of the 11 texts he offered me, I kept 10. The only one I left out was like: “Yup, it’s holidays, we’re all going to meet in the same place”. Not really for me!
“The future”, the song, brings a positive message …
If we are indeed messengers, we might as well put some balm in the heart, bring something positive. Our time is doomed by terrorism and the Covid. I didn’t want to sing that. I believe in hope: one day things will have to change. In good.
In your “program” is “become a good father”. Because you weren’t?
I think it is. We lived in other countries when my children were younger so that they did not suffer the effects of my notoriety, especially in the playgrounds when dad is on TV. Otherwise, we gave them the basic rules of conduct: be polite, say hello and thank you, wash your hands before going to the table. And above all: stay yourself. Dad is known? Nothing to give a fuck!
Album “The future” (Capitole / Universal). Florent Pagny in concert at the Zénith in Toulouse on Wednesday December 15 at 8 p.m. Prices: from 40 € to 70 €.
“The Voice”, the return
Florent Pagny is back in the “All stars” version of “The Voice” on Saturday on TF1. And takes a lot of fun. “I like to listen to new voices, to discover personalities, to give them some tips on something that I know rather well: the voice. I’m not trying to judge or change. And I am proud to have accompanied artists like Slimane or Barbara Pravi. They fought well. It is always the talents that win. “