cath85 Posted July 23, 2007 Share Posted July 23, 2007 I haven't found this on here so it might have never been posted! tell me if you have seen it or not! and if I shall start working on a translation or not! http://tf1.lci.fr/infos/jt-tf1/culture/0,,3480754,00-mika-pour-moi-olympia-appartient-brel-piaf-.html here comes the translation!! sometimes he said the English word to get the French translation. then I put it between "" I : one of the sentences you said during the concert was that 6 months ago you played in front of 15 people in Birmingham. How did we end up here ? What happened ? Is it nonsense ? How di dit happen ? M : I have no idea how it happened, I’m completely surprised. Saying that I’m not surprised is not true. It was quite unbelievable. We started touring almost 8 months ago. We didn’t stop. We started with events all around the UK before we released a single, ehm, there were 15 people in Birmigham, 25 in Bristol, but we did a big show, we haven’t really changed. We do one kind of show, it doesn’t change even if there are 10 people, the show is as big. I :but tonight there were 2500 people M : yes I : when you were little you walked by in front of the Olympia. Olympia isn’t just anything. M : no not at all. It’s a "landmark moment" I : un repère (I leave it in French because the word is not really correct !) M : what ? I : un repère M : is that a "landmark moment" ? (more people tell him sth) M : everybody is saying sth else. If you want to correct me in French, you have to say one word not 6 ! You are going to break my head (literally but in French this expression isn’t really used in that way, I think he means "drive me crazy") M : I remember the Olympia very well. I always thought wow this is the place that belongs to Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf. It belongs to nobody else ! ehm it’s funny, it’s completely strange that tonight it belonged to me. Tomorrow it will be to somebody else, but tonight it was mine ! I : So,for those who don’t know Mika, when you were in France you listened to Gainsbourg or what ? then you were in England, you listened to sth else, it’s a mixture of what ? of everything ? Is it a big milkshake ? (sounds stupid in French too !) M : I was born in Beirut in 1983 then because of the war we moved. One year later we came to Paris and stayed here for 8/9 years. Then my father got stuck in the golf war, because he was on a business trip. There he was stuck in the embassy in Kuwait for 8 months. When he came back we started all over, we had lost everything actually. I twas quite hard. And then when he came back, we had a new start in London and…. (it is cut in a strange way sometimes) M : when we lived in Paris, we listened to everything. In my childhood we listened to Gainsbourg and all the women, Jane Birkin , France Gall, all those great poupées (=doll don’t know how to translate that), that I adore. But we also listened to Fayrouz, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Nina Simone, Rat Pack a whole mixture, really. Not much rock. I had to discover that by myself. I : your voice M : my voice that I lost… I : when you speak very high… M : I lost it now because you asked me so many questions I : I can not be made responsible for that. If later there is no second album it’s because of Guillaume… M : it’s because of Guillaume ! I : when can you go so high as in Relax, look like me… no but how do you do that, because it is a very fragile muscle, do you take any special care of it ? M : oh no, it is a fragile muscle (shows with fingers) look I’m….(laughing) (meaning I’m showing it with my fingers) ehm, but it can do a lot, if you breathe and if you have a good technique (asking if the gender of the word technique is correct. those who know a little French understand what I’m saying) one can do whatever one wants really. I was lucky, I started singing seriously when I was 11 and I was thrown out of the French lycée in London and then I had nothing to do for almost 8 months, because I couldn’t enter another school, because I had a lot of trouble, I’m dyslexic and I couldn’t read nor write in French or in English. So I had to start all over again and I started studying with a Russian teacher who was called Alla Ardokov (sp ?) and 3 months later I got my first job. It was in the chorus of an opera at the Royal Opera House in London in an opera that was called "Die Frau ohne Schatten". The woman without an… a shadow wow…. And then I wrote my own songs, but waiting for that I did every kind of job and with very complicated music, contemporary in Germany or in "Warsaw" how do you say that ? I : warsaw (in French) M : Warsaw and I made gingles for a chewing gum company, for British Aiways I : what was the gingle like ? M : hein ? (he’s so funny lol) I : what was it like ? M : (makes a mocking face) I’m so surprised that you’re asking me this ! Everybody asks me that ! M : I was at home one night and I had to take a plane the next day to LA and I hate flying it’s horrible ! I couldn’t sleep, i twas 2 :30 am and I saw a documentary on TV in England about "obesity" I : obesity (in French) M : obesity in the US. The documentary was quite negative, it was quite horrible actually, but there was a moment where the journalist went to a nightclub, the Butterfly Lounge and it was the first nightclub in the world which was specifically for big women, ehm, then I saw all those big women having the time of their life and with the men who loved them and all the skinny women not being let in. I saw that and said to myself god, I have to write a song for those women, for that club actually. And I wrote it in 15 minutes at 2 :30 am. And my mum is quite tall (is getting confused with tall and big) does one say tall ? not tall from the height. I : big M : big. My mum is quite big, when I was little I was quite big. And there are big people in my family. For me it was personal. I : last question… M : do you feel comfortable ? I : I’m fine M : you’re very small you should eat more ! I : I’m 1,90m 75 kg M : 1,90m and 75kg ? you have a problem my friend ! And it is me who is talking ! (shows his body) I : how much do you weigh ? 30 kg ? M : yeah sure 30 kg, no I gained a little weight. Now I weigh 80, no not 80, 73. but it’s not my fault ! I eat ! I eat all the time (makes signs with his fingers) I : when does the next album come out ? M : the next album next year why not ? I : are you writing at the moment ? M : yeah I : you still write all of your songs ? M : of course. I love to collaborate, does one say that ?, with other people, but, well there are many things I want to do between the first and the second album, but... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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