Interview: Polo & Pan
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Influenced by 40s Italian quartets, epic biblical cinematography and the famously archetypal Disney stories, Polo & Pan are
melding pot of modern electronics and classic artistry.
Their first EP Rivolta was released in 2012 and took inspiration from the early 40s in Italy, quickly followed by Dorothy, an English-sung track which played on themes from The Wizard of Oz. However, since the release of their 2016 EP Canopy, the duo have stumbled upon serious success.
Their year-long tour of the States, UK, Istanbul, Beirut, Mexico (to name but a few) is slowly coming to a close in December, so we thought we’d catch up with Paul during his brief day of respite.
Among all else, Polo & Pan are colourful and eccentric characters. Growing up on Disney stories, classic “retro” music (which they endeavour to collect and source ideas from) and beautiful films has clearly influenced their own personalities, as well as the personality of their sound.
“We’re diggers of old music...A lot of our obscure references were taken from the 40s and 50s, there’s lots of old music that we really treasured together.”
And dig they did. Alex, together with friends and musicians from across generations and time zones, started an online radio catalogue called Radiooooo.com that classifies music by decennial, and then by country. What you’re faced with is one huge world map, littered with songs from across continents, countries, decades and genre.
an other- wordly backdrop to heavily warped vocals. The latest album Caravelle, released in May 2017, exploits these surreal sonics to take the listener on a journey; we ourselves are sat next to Paul and Alex, traversing the Amazon forest and the Congo river, and trekking through Tajikistan.
“The destinations we go to in the songs with our Caravelle are imaginary postcards of countries that we haven’t yet been to.”
And I think that’s why their sound - no matter how complex and multifaceted - is so easily relatable. Tantalisingly unconventional electronics shoot us to far-flung places, French lyricism drenches us in cool sex appeal, while retro samples drop us straight back into a pool of nostalgia. Pulling on a listener’s yearning for their past and future selves is something not many artists can do.
“We try to make our music a-sexual, appealing to people who are 7 to 77 years old.”
If there’s one thing we can learn from Polo & Pan it that it's important to dream, no matter how old you are.
Listen to the latest album Caravelle, available now.
Polo & Pan by Juliette AbitbolElectronic DJ duo Polo (Paul) & Pan (Alexandre, formerly known as DJ Peter Pan) dabble in the dusty dark corners of the imagination. Pulling on childhood Disney stories of heroes, bad guys and archetypal female “damsel in distress” roles, Paul and Peter mix and mutate personal influences in progressive compositions peppered with 80s synths and Kraftwerk-
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