Phoenix front­man Thomas Mars on lone­li­ness in games and mu­sic

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Grow­ing up in Ver­sailles, France, Mars and his school friends got to­gether to form Phoenix in the 1990s. The band had as­so­ci­a­tions with other break­through French artists in­clud­ing Daft Punk (prior to be­com­ing robots they played with gui­tarist Lau­rent Bran­cowitz in a band called Dar­lin’), while they were the back­ing band for la­bel mates Air dur­ing the lat­ter’s UK TV ap­pear­ances. Un­der a nom de plume, Mars also sang on Air’s sound­track for The Vir­gin Sui­cides, the de­but film of wri­ter­di­rec­tor – and his fu­ture wife – Sofia Cop­pola. The band have also com­posed scores for Cop­pola’s later films, in­clud­ing The Be­guiled. You can find out more about Phoenix’s mu­sic and up­com­ing tour dates at wearephoenix.com.

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