Wax Tailor is French turntablist Jean Christophe Le Saout. He started his musical career in the nineties, as part of the group "La Formule" and started working solo, as Wax Tailor, in 2001. He currently has two full length album's available. His debut release, Tales of the Forgotten Melodies, came out in 2005, and was followed by 2007's Hope & Sorrow.
He often works with guest musicians and vocalists. Live, Le Saout mans the turntables with help from cello player Marina Quaisse, singer Charlotte Savary and others. Madwreck & Mattic (The Others), FP & Green T (A State of mind) have been known to join the lineup as well. For more information, check out his website and myspace page.
Without further ado, here's the SAR Q&A with Wax Tailor...
*Name: Wax Tailor
*Are there any additional names used to describe this project: No
*Do you use a pseudonym? Wax Tailor is the pseudonym.
*Members: Wax Tailor is my solo project which features guest vocalists or musician. On the last album, I had the pleasure to work with Ursula Rucker, Sharon Jones or Charlotte Savary to name but a few. Then there's the Wax Tailor as a live show, which is more of a band because I tour with Charlotte Savary (Vocals), Marina Quaisse (Cello) and Marine Thibault (Flute).
*Founding Member: Jean Christophe Le Saout (Keyboards, Scratches & Sample)
*Tape manipulations, digital deconstructions or turntable creations: I would just talk about a wax tailor. Of the three, tape manipulations might be the most appropriate, although it is restrictive because my influences often come from Movie dialogues I like.
*Is there a story behind your name? I began to produce tracks with a sampler in the early 90’s, sampling some vinyls. I was building instrumentals around lyrics, so for me it was kind of costumes & I felt as a wax tailor.
*Location: Paris, France
*Original Location: Vernon, France
*What is your creative/artistic background: I was an MC/producer/manager in a French rap band called La Formule which had some measure of success in the early 90's.
*History: 5 years now for this project.
*Born: I was born in 1975 in Vernon.
*Motivations: I never ask myself this question. Music is something natural & necessary in my life.
*Philosophy: I don’t know if it’s a philosophy, but there’s the Hip-Hop culture that is the foundation to all I do. In a way you could say that I am trying to expand Hip-Hop's boundaries. It feels to me that previously Hip-Hop was a broader musical genre, and that it got defined in a very restrictive way. I'm hoping to give people outside of Hip-Hop a new perspective on this movement.
*How would you like to be remembered: As a music maker & lover.