Interview: Quickfire with Ofenbach

With over a billion streams and hundreds of millions of views on YouTube, Parisian duo Ofenbach have heralded the return of French dance music to the top spots across European charts.

It’s fair to say that few have achieved so much in such a short space of time. With the release of their latest single ‘Wasted Love‘, Alfitude has been lucky enough to get some time with the pair for a Quickfire interview.

Looking back to the start, can you tell us a little bit about you both and how you got formed?

We have known each other since we were little kids. So Ofenbach is a friendship project before everything. We always wanted to create, to have artistic projects together. So Ofenbach is the result of this! 

What is your process when you create music?

We usually start with a melodic base, chords and vocal line. It’s the songwriting part. And we then move to the production side of things where we add up all the dance music touch and arrangements.

To date, three of your previous singles have all achieved platinum or diamond status. Do you feel a pressure when you release new music?

Of course there’s always pressure! We always want to do better, and we spend so much time and energy creation music, that the pressure is always around the corner. But it’s a positive one. Also – since we passed the post-first single issue, we have the feeling that we’re here for the long run.

Who inspires you musically?

We’re listening to pop, rock alongside dance music. Supertramp is our go-to band. What inspires us really is melodies in general.

Your new single ‘Wasted Love’ shows a melancholier side to your music, can you tell us a little more about what the song is about?

The song is about love and how to save it from going down. There’s this double use of the meaning of ‘Wasted’ that creates this kind of interesting twist on the chorus. We connected with this deeper and melancholier side of the record quite quickly when we started working on it. Funny thing is that we worked on it during summer time when the sun was shinning and everything was great and bright.

Who would your dream collaboration be with?

We would love to collaborate with Calvin Harris on the dance part. And Coldplay for the pop one.

What are you most looking forward to when we finally finish with COVID?

Touring, touring, touring and seeing fans. 

And speaking of the future, what can people expect from Ofenbach next?

More songs and most certainly an album within the next year!

Ofenbach on Instagram

Images Credit: Alexy Montuelle

Ofenbach – Wasted Love (feat. Lagique)

Parisian duo Ofenbach have become one of France’s biggest recent music exports, recently hitting over 170 million streams worldwide with their single ‘Head Shoulders Knees and Toes‘ – and more than 1 billion streams from their back catalogue.

Now they’re back with another banger of a dance track that carries an essence of both melancholy and euphoria in equal measures; it just deserves to be heard.

Ofenbach | Lagique

Thony Ritz – Rising

That classic French disco sound doesn’t get much better than when Thony Ritz works his magic. This track has the potential to set you off on a mild state of euphoria, just as premium disco should do.

Taken from the superb new EP ‘Rising’.

Thony Ritz

Madeon – The Prince

“A few months ago, I performed a live-streamed set for my friend Porter Robinson’s online festival ‘Secret Sky’. I remembered ‘The Prince’ and spontaneously decided to play it out for the first time during that show. That moment is now a truly cherished memory of mine! I never intended to release it, but the enthusiasm from fans convinced me.”

Madeon

Daniel Blume – Heartbreaker (Michael Calfan Remix)

With the original track already approaching half a million streams, Daniel Blume has recruited one of French disco’s biggest names of late to work on a remix… and it’s as epic as you’d imagine.

Daniel Blume | Michael Calfan

Iñigo Montoya – .E.S

This released from Parisian indie-electro outfit Iñigo Montoya is really quite arresting and intense. If you understand French then the lyrics really ought to be heard.

Proceeds from the song go to Maison des Femmes de Saint-Denis, a centre which protects vulnerable women.

Iñigo Montoya

Duñe x Crayon – Save Yourself First

Taken from the upcoming album ‘Hundred Fifty Roses’ due to be released on May 22 via Roche Musique.

Duñe | Crayon

Cléa Vincent – Tropique ouverture

The most delightful French tropical disco I think I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

Cléa Vincent

S+C+A+R+R – The Rest Of My Days

French disco has the unique ability to always surprise the world with incredible new talent. This release from SCARR is nothing short of euphoria.

SCARR

Michael Calfan & Martin Solveig – No Lie

Two of France’s disco heavyweights join forces with this new release.

No Lie’ is out now on SPINNIN’

Martin Solveig | Michael Calfan