The Mensch duo are Vale Poher and Carine Di Vita. We featured their opus “Tarifa” (Alter K) as our record of the week not so very long ago, so we were delighted when they agreed to do an interview for us and discuss what the hell is going on with their fridge. They fill us in and put us in the cooler.
“Tarifa” is a really coherent work, how long did it take to write and record it?
3 years. We knew what we wanted and we took the time that the album needed. We spent some times in Tarifa to give us the direction and finished to write in Paris. We’ve recorded in London and mixed in Paris.
Why the name “Mensch”?
We wanted a strong name for a duet of 2 girls, without gender: human in German!
When did you first become involved in music?
Since we are teenagers, for both of us!
How does the creative process work between you?
We complete each other. A guitar riff can create a bass line and the bass line can modify the guitar …etc. We’re looking for the perfect tune: we mean a tune that we both love and want to play non-stop!
How did you come to work together?
We’ve met in a record shop! We were talking about music all the time.
What’s in your fridge?
Ideas for new songs!
What was the first piece of music you loved, and why?
Jacques Brel, “Madeleine”. It sounds so sincere and intense.
What is your favourite song that you’ve written and why?
No favourite child 😉
When can we hear some new music from you?
When we’ll take them out from the fridge.
What musicians would you consider to be your biggest influences?
The Smiths, Foals, The Cure, Nile Rodgers, Nina Simone, Pixies, John Talabot.
What’s exciting you on the French music scene these days?
A lot of bands : this is the new French revolution.
Few names :Petit Fantôme, Malik Djoudi, JC Satan, Superpoze…
Friends : Theodora, Claude Violante, Hyphen Hyphen, Helluvah.
So many good tunes here we put them together in a playlist
If you weren’t a musician what would you love to do?
Cooking or helping people.
What question would you like to be asked that you never are? And what would be your answer?
Are you looking for an English record label for your new album: YES.
Mensch kindly sent us on a photo to add to our gallery which we will be doing soon.