‘It’s often a conversation about about everything apart from music.’
Masters of catwalk music, Michel Gaubert and Frédéric Sanchez, on why it’s more than choosing a tune.
Interview by Jonathan Wingfield
Illustrations by Jean-Philippe Delhomme
DJs? Sound artists? Sound designers or directors? Illustrateurs sonores? However they’re described, Michel Gaubert and Frédéric Sanchez remain fashion’s go-to music men. With almost 60 years of experience soundtracking runway shows between them, their respective client lists are a who’s who of the iconic and influential. Gaubert works with the likes of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Céline and Raf Simons; while Sanchez collaborated for many years with Martin Margiela, and continues to work with Prada and Comme des Garçons.
In an era where every other curator-art director-blogger-influencer is a self-proclaimed DJ, Gaubert and Sanchez bring not just experience, but the desire and talent to create more nuanced, considered and complex soundscapes – those that can subtly alter the mood of a space and the perception of a collection. Gaubert loves to rework, remix and mash up genres into new and unexpected pieces, while Sanchez is known for using complex loops, collages, and delivering his own compositions.