‘My studio is more than a place of experimentation. It’s an extension of my own mind.’
The work and inspirations of one of fashion’s go-to music men.
By Frédéric Sanchez
Music-producer, Frédéric Sanchez, can be considered more than that. Known for featuring complex loops in his compositions, and creating audio-visual “soundscapes” with original films, Sanchez is best described as a sound-artist. The latter title, “artist”, is often also assigned to those Sanchez has collaborated with for many years, producing music for the shows of designers Martin Margiela, Miuccia Prada, and Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons.
Sanchez revisited his archive for System, reworking footage from his various projects for a film that showcases his body of work, and the space in which it was created: his studio. Read Sanchez on the significance of this space, in his own words, below.
“My studio has become more than a place of experimentation; it’s like an extension of my own mind. With the many connections that are made, and interrupted there, it’s a space that leads me down previously unknown paths. Those paths meander and merge, responding to one another before inspiring something different – a new image. I give this new image to the viewers, who can then perceive it with their own emotions and dream up their own interpretation.”
For more from Frédéric Sanchez, read his conversation with fellow music producer, Michel Gaubert, in System No. 9. Click to buy.
Credits: Roma by Federico Fellini (1972), The Last of England by Derek Jarman (1988), Martin Margiela at Café de la Gare, Station Saint-Martin (1992), Siouxsie and the Banshees, Martine Sitbon at Elysée Montmartre (2008), Evening of Light by François De Menil (1969), Barbara Sukowa, Francesco Vezzoli, Visage, Vivienne Westwood’s ‘Café Society’ (1994), Merce Cunningham, Michael Clarke, Brian Eno, Roxy Music, Virgin Prunes, Prada, Comme des Garçons at Elysée Montmartre, Patrice Chéreau’s Bayreuth, Dior Homme, Last Year in Marienbad by Alain Resnais (1861), And the Ship Sails On by Federico Fellini (1983).