Former glam rocker with French rock band, Melatonine, Julien Paterna has now decided to go back to his folk indie roots and explore a solo career instead. His music can be best described as the coming down after a wild amorous moment. The most nostalgic tunes bring the listener back to a time of romance and dreams. Tracks like Raconte Moi and Moi Aimer Toi take you back to a momwnt when anything was possible, almost a youthful sense of poetry.
Why did Melatonine decide to break up after only one album?
“This album [Psychoglam] was the first for us but it was already 4 years that we had been together as a band making music together. Our musical tastes aren’t the same any more. We didn’t manage to write the second album, therefore we preferred to stop.”
How does being solo differ from being in a band?
“I like to be alone because I exactly make the music I want to make. Musically it is better to be alone but it is cool to be in a group because we crossed many good instants together. Humanly, it is better to be in a group.”
With Melatonine you were more glam rock, now you’re more indie rock, why the change?
“In a group, the singer is the most important person. A singer must like what he’s doing in order to be good so we had to follow her desires. Now I sing, therefore I do what I like. Benedicte likes the glam, I like folk music.”
Which French musician you feel is a big influence on your music?
“In France I love Francis Cabrel, Indochine, and Noir Désir.”
How did it feel to support big bands like Garbage and Good Charlotte?
“It’s hard to play in a big venue with a public who is not there for us. With Garbage it was brilliant. But with Good Charlette the public shouted, ‘Good Charlotte, Good Charlotte’ while we played and they made more noise than us. But all concerts, even poor ones, make for amazing memories.”
When is your solo album being released?
“At the moment I’m in search for a record deal. My album is ready. I recorded all songs in my flat but now I must go to a true studio.”
What do you hope to accomplish in the new year?
“This year I hope for a contract with a quality-label, to record my album and to make a tour. I’ve already had so many gigs in Paris but I would like to travel!”
Musically, Julien could be the French response to Nick Drake, with his nostalgic tunes that echo past passions, loves, and dreams, with hopes of a better tomorrow. You can’t help but imagine yourself along the Seine humming the soft tunes, and thinking about a past love with a bittersweet sense of nostalgia. Personally, I hope that a major label picks him up, so that his music may not only be confined to the gigs in Paris, but may infiltrate through the various radio stations, and give us all a moment of poetic liberty to enjoy.