Interview of the man behind the music: Edouard Feuvrier
1/ Who are you and what do you do for a living?
Hi, I’m Edouard: drummer for the past 25 years and contemporary music composer. My music is influenced (mainly, but not only) by jazz, rap, latin and Caribbean musics…
I have performed about 800 shows in France or foreign countries (like this one in Yemen, 2006) with various bands like:
- LA CASA BANCALE (ska chanson)
- NANCY SKA JAZZ ORCHESTRA (ska big band)
- LA CHOSE S’EN BAL (bal déjanté)
- MENTO CLOUB (mento calypso)
- EMIR TATANE (oriental groove)
- MORIK (chanson métissée)
- MAXI GLUT (electro)
To conclude with a videogame related anecdote, my favorite game is “Alex Kid” on master system. I played it way too much and I know each notes of each musics (not very difficult because there are only 3 tracks 🙂 )!
2/ What have you done for Subterraneus project?
I have composed the original sound track of the game: 12 tracks for a total length of 27min39s.
3/ Have you felt any specificity to compose for a videogame?
It’s my first experience but I quickly enjoyed it! Composing isn’t something new for me, but creating musics to fit graphics element is and it’s fascinating!
4/ There had to be some frustrating times…
Of course! Sometimes, we work for a long time on a track or a specific sound which will be judged inadequate or just doesn’t fit what the developer wants. But I don’t think it is a negative thing because there is always something to learn from these experiences!
And luckily, the opposite happens too! There are some key points that have came out very quickly.
5/ You mentioned the developer : how is it to work with him?
The important thing is to be frank in our relationship and communicate on a regular basis to avoid going in the wrong direction. There must be a coherent relation between music, image and story, but beyond that, my work as a band musician taught me that music is a matter of personal taste. So I had to compose musics with the developer’s preferences in mind.
6/ Last question before concluding : what is your favorite thing about Subterraneus?
For me, humor is an essential part of life. It brings softness into our everyday life. And in Subterraneus, humor is everywhere ! We can find it in drawings, characters, dialogues, … I tried to add a little bit of it in my musics too!
7/ Thank you for your time! One last word maybe?
Listen to musics! Explore new ones! Give a chance to styles of music to which you never listened! You could be surprised 🙂
It’s what make us keep moving forward!