"I've never wanted to buy any live albums before. For me live was live, records were records...This one makes me change my opinion," says Nicolas Godin, of the French electronic duo AIR. He is talking about Roseland NYC Live by Portishead, a band he explains is very influential to his own music. Godin had sincere and interesting insight into his shopping picks during a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood, and he also revealed which artist's music career he most wishes he had.
Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunkel formed AIR in 1995, at the peak of the French electronic scene's popularity. However, with influences ranging from '60s easy listening to Italian film soundtracks and the work of Jean-Michel Jarre, the duo didn't entirely fit in with the French Touch sound prominent at the time. Instead, with the release of AIR's Moon Safari in 1998, Godin and Dunkel ushered in a new downtempo sound that would be emulated by scores of artists. In 2000, the band teamed up with filmmaker Sofia Coppola for the soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides, launching a collaboration that would extend through the band's contributions to the soundtracks to Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette.