A solid mix of psychedelia infused by blues brings the unique sound of Charly&Faust to the stage. Fronted by two French female vocalists, the multi-ethnic band performs heart touching ballads telling stories from love to heartbreak. Initially introduced to each other in Paris, France, both Charly and Faust decided to join forces and recruit the band’s current line up after deciding to relocate to Hollywood, California to attend Musicians Institute in 2016. Charly’s old school punk and blues influences give the band a touch of reality in her guitar playing as Faust takes the sound to a more psychedelic path with her soothing voice. Coralie Hervé is a powerhouse on the drums with groovy Eric Reymond on the bass, both being the backbone of the band’s music. Jefferson Fichou surfs his guitar to give the unique sound to the band. Finally Nathan Lobber joins the adventure by going crazy on his keyboards. Charly&Faust released their first EP ‘Wild World’ in October 2017.
How would you describe your music?
Charly: We are six friends, Faust (Faustine Hornok) on the lead singing, Jefferson Fichou on the lead guitar and backing vocals, Eric Reymond on the bass and backing vocals too, Coralie Hervé on drums, Nathan Lorber on the keys, and I, Charly (Marie Weill), on the lead singing and rhythm guitar.
Faust: Our music is a mix of something old and something new. It has strong messages to communicate to its audience.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
Faust: Charly and I met a few years ago in Paris. We started to just play around with music and when we moved to LA we decided to create a band. We met the rest of the band members in LA at the Musicians Institute and now we are a big family of six members!
Charly: Yep! A big family! I think it’s what makes our performance and sound great! It is actually what allows us to go fast in our music journey and to concretize quickly projects we are working on. I never build things so fast and so well with a band before!
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Charly: I love all these new Indie-Folk-Rock bans like Foster the People, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Kodaline, etc. But I guess my musical heroes are the one who made me fall in love with music and give me the strength to make music my job: The Who, Janis Joplin, Patty Smith, etc.
Faust: I have a very large taste of music. I love the music from the 60’s and 70’s. But for the 80’s, Michael Jackson is my King hands down!
What inspires you?
Faust: Love and broken heart, humanity, life and travel.
Charly: Everything, I guess. Life! Someone told me one day, you can’t write, sing and play if it is not with your soul and heart. And you can’t express yourself with those attributes if you don’t get out of this recording studio and start to live. That was the best advice I ever got.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Faust: I mostly write when I am inspired so it could be anywhere. My only requirement is a quiet environment.
Charly: I am sick in car. I can’t even read. How do you want me to write on the road? *laughs* More seriously, for Charly&Faust, Faust is the one writing most of the songs. But for my side, I write all day some words and sentences that inspire me and when I have enough inspiration and materials I lock myself in a dark room with just my computer light and I write several drafts of what will become songs at the end.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Charly: I really love Run For My Soul. It is a song about terrorist attacks around the world. With all what happens in our society these days, there is always a new way to sing this song and it really allows me to breath and digest the violence of our world.
Faust: I love to perform our song Asshole, obviously for the meaning of the lyrics but I also really dig the rhythm.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Charly: Go around the world and meet our fans. Discover new cultures and places is always so inspiring.
Faust: I love the artist Florence and the Machine, that would be amazing to open for her during on of her tour!
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Charly: We need to change a lot of stuff, like in a lot of areas (women conditions, technology, artist conditions, etc.). But instead of saying “It needs to change”, it is better to try our best to make some changes. That is what we are doing with this band. Trying to make things change. Or trying to show that it already changed. We are three women in the band and not doing the backing vocals, we are the two leaders and the drummer! And that is already better than in the past in my opinion.
Faust: As I am based in LA I feel like there is a lot of opportunities to make your own music here, a lot of cool venues to play in, and of course meet a lot of people in the industry. There are tough moments still but nothing is perfect. All I want is to make music and keep going forwards with my Art.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Faust: I never done tour with Charly&Faust yet but I have been on tour before with Paula Abdul. For the last show of the tour, before to go on stage the whole team was doing a little warm up to give a great energy on stage, it was funny and weird at the same time! I will always remember that!
Charly: There is always several weird stuff that happen on tour. I experienced tons of that back in France. Even tho Charly&Faust didn’t tour yet, I am really looking forwards to it! Pretty sure it’s going to be crazy *laughs*.
What are your future plans?
Charly: Continuing to develop the band by writing new songs and recording them. Maybe a tour in 2018! That would be awesome!
Faust: Maybe a new music video and obviously keep performing on stage around California for now!