Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars on loneliness in games and music
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.