Michel Gaubert & Frédéric Sanchez


‘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.

System brought them together in Paris to compare musical notes. Read the interview in full in issue No. 9.