Room 317: “This is mainly a story of friendship that has lasted for several years”
Today, we present to you Chambre 317, a colorful and captivating band, taking us to a universe full of serenity. They agree to answer our questions, reveal to us their backstage inspiration, or even their creative process.
Who are you ?
We are Lysian and Antoine and we form the group Chambre 317, a duo from Rouen that started in 2019.
Lysian is on vocals and mainly handles writing texts while Antoine does more
in the cut composition.
We released the first few singles and EPs Night owl in 2021. Clips from our latest single Station 70 available on Youtube.
What inspired you to become part of the music industry?
Lysia: After seeing a Supertramp concert when I was in college, I wanted to be part of the group. So my father’s love of music eventually became mine.
Anthony: I’ve been listening to music since I was a kid and I’ve always wanted to be part of a band, even since elementary school! The music industry has always fascinated me, whether it’s the artists/bands or the people who work behind the scenes to help develop projects.
How did you learn to sing/write and act?
Lysia: I learned to play guitar, sing and write my own songs through a project I developed.
Anthony: I learned to play the piano for several years at the music school in Saint-Léger-du-Bourg-Denis where I spent my entire childhood. I very quickly liked improvising on the piano, which allowed me very young to make semblance of pieces. After that, I learned to make music on the computer to produce songs and record our demos.
How did you meet each other?
We both have known each other since kindergarten and we have kept in touch all these years
our school, although Lysian went to another school during elementary school.
We actually found each other from high school where right there, we wanted to set things up first
group and embark on an adventure. So in the end, this project is primarily a story of friendship that has lasted for several years.
What’s the story behind your band name?
In the end, the story is very simple but it took us a few months to come up with this name, that’s only due to the fact that we are in shared accommodation and our building number is 317. We also wanted to make this a little side reference shine especially with
number 237 in the film. The name also gives off a bit of a mysterious side, we would like
find out what’s hiding behind this door to Room 317!
How would you describe your music?
Dazzling pop with lots of rock, jazz, soul, new wave nuances. We
trying above all to convey the atmosphere in which we are when we write
our cut. Often very visual to us. We need to imagine a clip
when we compose and project music in pictures, even though most of the time the clips are just in our heads. We want to free the imaginations of those who listen to us.
If you could collaborate with any musician or band in the world, who would it be?
Lysia: For me, I’d say Flore Benguigui, Laurent Voulzy, Etienne Daho, or even Philippe Katerine. There are so many artists who have influenced me and who I admire so much, it’s too hard a question (ahah).
Anthony: For me, a dream collaboration would be with Michael Jackson for his creative genius and the Quincy Jones behind the production to fix everything! Unfortunately for either of them, it’s too late… Quincy if you ever see this message, don’t hesitate to contact me!
What is your source of inspiration?
We are inspired by things that vary widely in reality and depending on the song, our sources change a lot. When My body always we wanted to create a French tango scene slightly influenced by Project Gotan for example, as for our last single Station 70 there for once mixing Santana and Gainsbourg. It is important for us to draw from many different things in order to then create a single universe and most importantly like us.
Which musician do you most admire?
Lysia: Sir Paul McCartney, because I grew up with The Beatles and all the stuff he wrote after.
Anthony: There are so many… But here I will say Herbie Hancock! For all his work and for all he has brought to music over the generations, always knows how to reinvent himself from time to time.
Are you making music for yourself or for your fans?
Before pleasing your audience, you have to like the music you made yourself. From
after all if you don’t like what you’re doing musically it will show after live and
it doesn’t make the public want to hang any more of it. Assuming that the whole
music made today can have its audience, especially given the diversity of the industry
music today. So, make music for your fans especially if you are an accomplished artist who has his own audience and has expectations for what that artist has to offer over the course of his career. For now, we create music for ourselves above all else and we strive to introduce our universe to as many people as possible.
Would you rather write music or listen to it?
Anthony: For me, it depends a bit on the season. I would have times when I would be very inspired for a few weeks and times when inspiration was a little harder to find. And it is precisely at these times that I will listen to more new things or try to explore new musical genres. I still have a preference for writing or at least composition, that’s what allows me the most escape.
Lysia: It’s a bit like Antoine, I would have moments when inspiration was so overwhelming that I would rather create than listen. But I have a need to discover new songs, to be in my bubble to experience emotions that I can retransmit in our later songs.
How are you for the coming months?
We are working to release a new EP. Most of the songs are well developed, we hope to release them in the spring if all goes well. We’re taking a slightly different artistic direction from our previous EPs by trying to bring a little twist
more 80s dance while keeping our visual and musical identity. We’re working on the first big clip right now, it’s coming out soon!
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Interview by Jade Schreiner