Phoenix Artistfacts

  • 1999-
    Thomas MarsVocals
    Deck D'ArcyBass
    Christian MazzalaiGuitar
    Laurent BrancowitzGuitar
  • Phoenix doesn't have a permanent drummer or keyboard player.
  • When his first band split, Laurent Brancowitz joined his younger brother, Christian Mazzalai, in Phoenix. The remaining members of his first band, Darlin' - Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel de Honem-Christo - went on to form the massively popular electronica duo, Daft Punk. The members of both bands remain good friends.
  • Phoenix provided music for the Sofia Coppola film, Lost in Translation, and also appeared in the Coppola's Marie Antoinette which starred Kirsten Dunst and Fantastic Planet drummer, Jason Swartzman.
  • Phoenix cut its teeth on the tour circuit in France playing Hank Williams and Prince covers to drunken French bar audiences.
  • Phoenix employed family and friends on their debut album, United. It featured contributions by Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk, Phillips Zdar or Cassius and even Deck D'Arcy's mother. She and her chorale society provided backing vocals on the track, "Funky Squaredance."
  • Lead singer Thomas Mars has a son, Rovi, with director Sophia Coppola.
  • While traveling to the V Festival in Canada, the band almost died. As they were traveling to the small island where the festival is held, their boat, which was carrying the band and their equipment, started to take on water. They addressed the situation by discussing which way to swim and whether or not they should take off their clothes so they wouldn't be weighed down. Help eventually came in the form of another boat.


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