Having taken a decade and four albums to receive recognition on the global stage, Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars has revealed that the wait has been well worth it. In addition to the nod from the Grammys, the French soft rockers are working on their first movie soundtrack.
“It felt like a weird planet to be on. It felt like deliverance and it was really nice,” Mars told BBC Radio 1 after the band picked up the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album for ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.’
He continued, “It’s closer to a Cirque du Soleil trip than anything else. It’s very unique. When you win, what is crazy is you have people who you admire come and almost welcome you to the club. It was very weird. Neil Young came and said ‘Welcome.'”
And now Hollywood is about to welcome the band with open arms too as Phoenix compose their first movie soundtrack for Mars’ wife, ‘Lost in Translation’ director Sofia Coppola, and her new film, ‘Sometime.’
“It’s very minimal,” said Mars of the new work. “It’s almost like sound design. It wasn’t like writing songs, it was more about trying to make a sound that fits with a Ferrari and the city of Los Angeles’ theme. It was more of an engineer work than a composer.” (Spinner)