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    Frou Frou

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    Genre:Electronic, Indie
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    Breathe In lyrics
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    4Only Got One lyrics
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    Must Be Dreaming lyrics
    It's Good To Be In Love lyrics
    8Breathe In (Jimmy C instrumental) lyrics
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    Guy Sigsworth- guitars, drums, bass,
    piano, synths, samplers
    Imogen Heap- vocals, guitars, drums,
    bass, piano, synths, samplers


    When Guy Sigsworth focused on music as his life's work, he took the prospect so seriously that he refused to engage in any other form of employment. "I'd only take money from music, because I knew that the second I showed any interest in something else I'd be forced down that route," the London native says.

    As a youth, Sigsworth's passion tended toward archaic styles of music. "I played classical, but it wasn't normal classical music; I was bored by the idea of playing Brahms," he states. Instead, Sigsworth spent time among devotees of Renaissance and Medieval genres. "[Those musicians] tend to be obsessive and build their instruments in a shed. All those quirky old instruments were my first love." Though he first learned the piano, Sigsworth's love of antique instruments led him to the harpsichord.

    It was after discovering that harpsichordists were in light demand, however, that Sigsworth bumped into Seal. The two artists began writing together and, through that union, Sigsworth became involved with Bomb The Base, which led to work with Talvin Singh, which then led to an extensive performance stint with Björk. "Everything's been one thing connecting to another and that's good."

    Sigsworth's take on electronic music was ultimately formed by a diet of Stockhausen and English pirate radio. "I was hearing all that and found it really exciting," he says regarding those days. "I was trying to do my version and probably misunderstanding it, throwing in a bit of that Renaissance vibe that didn't belong."

    Sigsworth theorizes that it's his gentlemanly way that so often finds him working with ladies, one of whom is Madonna. "She wants to get the best out of people; she doesn't let you go for the easy option just because it's the easy option." He's also collaborated with women on the rise, such as Imogen Heap, with whom he formed the duo Frou Frou. That pairing led to a novel form of songwriting. During a sleepless session in Bombay, Sigsworth filled the void by composing riffs on a portable device, which he then fleshed out into complete songs once back in England. "We kept stealing time and, before we knew it, we had two-thirds of an album." Their song "Let Go" has recently made an impact on the Garden State film soundtrack. Most recently, he has worked with promising newcomer Kate Kobro, who hit No. 5 on KCRW's chart with her tune "Breathe Deeper."

    Generally, Sigsworth mixes the songs he produces, especially because he rarely leaves much room for experimentation. "I really enjoy fitting the pieces together. The joy of the modern computer is that you have so much control." Some of his tracks simply can't be replicated live. "The fact that you can automate sounds is really fun. Even if the original source is traditional, there are so many ways to work with modern computer automation that you can make it interesting."

    Sigsworth aptly points out that records need to sound great when they're played in terrible conditions. "It's always a shock when you hear your records on the radio," he notes. Sigsworth advises producers to pick their battles wisely. "You should let the artist win." He also believes that, "It's very important to remember how you felt about something the first time you heard it. When the computer switches back on, it's the one time you'll get an honest reaction. After you've played [your song] 20 times, you won't know anymore." And most importantly, don't succumb to the herd instinct. Borrowing from Brian Eno's production philosophy, Guy Sigsworth advises musicians to "find out what you do that other people don't. Make that a bit louder and then take away the stuff that everybody else does."

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