Former bassist Jacques Higelin and Eric
Serra made their debut alongside Luc Besson, and never
left. After receiving several awards for his
soundtracks, including Subway and Le Grand
Bleu, Higelin also wrote the music for a James Bond
film, Goldeneye, and composed several solo albums influenced by ethnic music.
what point is it difficult to write a western music
"forgetting" Ennio Morricone?
Can not forget, it hit so hard! For my generation, he plays
western music par excellence. So, I deliberately slipped
into the soundtrack a few nods to Morricone, that work even
better than the film is a comedy. Overall, you can not avoid
it, any more than James Bond theme: when I composed the
music for Goldeneye, I was forced to use at certain times of
the film if it was no longer a James Bond! And western is
not really without reference to Ennio Morricone ... That
said, I managed to compose a soundtrack that has its own
identity. Me and interesting Mexican music, I realized that
there are many themes identified Morricone actually come
from the traditional Mexican music, including "deguello."
This is a kind of bugle-based trumpet and guitar, with the
first three notes "do" as they are typically Morricone
Exactly, you drew in many Spanish and Mexican
Yeah, I'm a lot of fun to do things the traditional
nickname, particularly in the spirit of Mariachi groups.
Implying imperfections volunteers and the use of average
quality instruments to recreate the "color" that is specific
Did you use special instruments?
There are obviously a lot of guitars but I used a variety of
instruments, and sometimes far removed from the genre: they
have a priori nothing to do there but they sound good, like
tambouriza, a kind of small mandolin Yugoslav or chora,
large African harp. For low Mariachi, I even used an African
instrument that I do not know the name, consisting of a box
of cons-plated blades and hacksaw. It is a kind of thumb
piano bigger and it perfectly reproduces the bass guitar
without resonances Mariachi. I also used a lot of percussion
and melodica (mouth accordion). In short, I'm fun!
you made a specific theme for each of the two Bandidas?
Yeah, but the idea is obviously not to follow this pattern
too strict: it happens that the theme is played one for the
other and vice versa. At what stage of production you
started writing? When the directors asked me to write the
music and Bandidas I read the script, I started to think
clearly. But I work primarily in the picture, so I waited
for the final assembly really put me.
Is this your
Yeah, because that is exactly what I am interested in film
music: I do not write a note almost without looking at the
image, synchronization is permanent. I try to be as specific
as possible so that the images dance to the music, that the
merger is complete. Luc Besson has asked me to write before
the shooting, but to his chagrin, I do very rarely!