Fantazio 2000-2005

UNIDENTIFIED MUSICAL OBJET. An expression often used haphazardly, but in this case, illustrates
Fantazio’s universe perfectly. A true showman, a spirit haunted by incredibly extravagant creativity, bringing
together the most divers crowds over the course of his performance-like concerts.
Covered in tattoos, traumatised for a long time by the poster of Elephant man, his stage name inherited during
his punk era, this wild individual is a character out of the ordinary and his music totally uncategorised.
As if he and his doublebass where one, his fingers bashed by mishandling the cords, he has travelled with his
peculiar music throughout different countries, concert halls, theatres, circuses, bars, street alleys and is now
propelled as one of the most fantastic figures of the Parisian alternative scene.
If one had to detect all the different styles in this musical ensemble (one might judge as having no head or tail),
you could probably find as much scruffy punk as anxious jazz, archaic primitive hazy hip-hop, fine-spun reggae,
brassy rock as well as electronic rhythms. A mixture between an aniseed (the drink) brass band and a surrealist
experimental work shop, the man-elephant and his Gang playfully dodge expectancies using noises that wander
and tranquil sounds to the limits of obliteration. At the centre of these treasures of musical inventiveness,
Fantazio narrates, sings with his malleable voice, spits out, roars, howls, becomes a malicious geisha or either a
crude crooner, his sudden outburst of words provoke strange stories in his own hallucinated storyteller posture.