His First album Heroes of Today is out now. Mani accepted to answer some of our questions :

For people out there that have never heard of you. Give us three reasons why they should?
Reason 1- A fortune teller told me I’d die young. Try me before it’s too late.
Reason 2- You can’t be that busy.
Reason 3- The secret of happiness is……. Well, I guess you’ll just have to listen to my album.

When did you first start making music?
At 13 I recorded my first track. I had no idea where it would lead me.

The First album Heroes of Today, – how long did it take to make and how did you go about it?
It took us 2 years. We composed about 40 songs and kept only 12, focusing on the tracks that blend our rock, soul, and pop influences, which is what we want to share.

Are you excited about getting the album out?

Are you fucking kiddin me?! At the end of the day, you make music for people, so I wanna know how they feel about it. I admit I’m pretty nervous, too. Oh, poor mani boy, do you think you’ll survive!? Look at me, I’m a nut already…

What were the biggest influences in the writing of Heroes Of Today?
I wouldn’t say they are influences, but I’d say that their talent inspired us… MGMT, Gnarls Barkley… But, our greatest influence is our time.

You recently played your first show at La Flèche D’or, how was it for you?
It was a great gig. We do what we do for those moments. People seem to like it so far. As long as there is a real and deep interaction with the audience, we’ll keep getting on stage.

What do you do when you’re not making music?
Soccer. Look for a parking spot. Angry Birds.

Is singing the only thing that you’ve ever wanted to do, or did you harbour different ambitions when you were younger?
Third world dictator. Or massage therapist.

Which artists do you enjoy listening to?
Black Keys, Jill Scott, Missy Elliot, U2, Bowie

Any closing words for TEEZ’FM listeners?
Linger on the road, before it gets too cold.

Thanks to Mani & Xavier
interview by Thierry Jaussaud

Credit Photo : Leonard Porche

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