GL: Before you had kids, how did you create structure for yourself? Or did that not exist.
ST: It was different, before I tried to have a different life between each album. Now I have two lives at the same time. I’m an artist in the studio and on stage and in front of journalists and besides that I have married life as a Dad and I just switch, like that between the two. It’s not painful, it’s easy. I wear a more classy jacket, I do my hair, but during these five minutes I make a change. In one day I have two different days. In the morning, I’m making sure the kids have shoes and socks, but after I have eight hours and then at night I’m back as a dad. I find a good balance. When you do music you have to think about yourself a lot and the record how you look and your style. Now my life is not just about that, I have to think about my family and I believe I find a good balance.
GL: Do your kids enjoy your music?
ST: Not really, maybe La Ritournelle, because it’s a very important song for me and they know a few songs from the last album. I did a few videos which are more like cartoons which they love. When they say at the end of the day, did you have a good day papa? I say, yeah, I played some piano. If you want to test your music, the best way is to play it with kids but I drink whisky with my friends and play it to them. My son is seven and my daughter is three so they’re a little too young to bring to the studio.
GL: Do you have favourite songs?
ST: L’amour et la violence, because artists are always talking about love and to be generous but when you’re an artist, it’s really because you have a lot of hate and rage. To describe who you are, it’s better to say what you hate the most. All my friends and I hate the same things and after we establish that we can love different things, but if we hate the same things it creates a bond. The real basis of relationships is what you hate. This is why that song is important to me, it contains love and violence, the opposites, and how they coexist for me. It’s who I am and a good definition of that, I’m not just someone with a beard making love songs, I have a lot of rage in me too.
GL: Do you have a vision for how you want people to enjoy the record live?
ST: I try to do something very natural, because the last record is very produced and electronic. My wish is to be very natural on stage, without a computer so I can choose the tempo of the song. When you tour with the computer, you’re it’s slave, it gives the tempo, the structure. Now I prefer to create on stage, a new version of my song, as a fan of music that’s how I would wish to experience it, to see an artist create a new version of the song on stage and so in that way the goal of my tour is that.