A funky meeting with French artist Matthieu Chedid

Bettina Vermillon

Author, composer and interpret of talent, Matthieu Chedid is one of the leading artists on the French musical scene. Contrarily to M, his fantasy-filled persona and alter ego, this shy character with a poetic universe remains discrete and goes out very little.

But for us, he opens up his secret address book and tell us his arty heart throbs.

le bus palladium for a night out

Bus Palladium drawing

Picture credit : Facebook Bus Palladium

It’s hard to get me to go out. Most of the time I hang out with my friends at home, but from time to time I go out to the Bus Palladium nightclub.

the secret to my crazy looks

Philippe Zorzetto black leather boots for men

Picture credit : © Facebook Philippe Zorzetto

To go on stage, I have my costums designed for me, but for every day wear, I like Paul Smith. It is elegant but there is also a playful style to its creations. I met Paul Smith thanks to Lisa Roze and he also happens to be an admirable man.

For shoes, I recommend Philippe Zorzetto, he designs incredible short boots as well as very elegant footwear. I really adore what he makes.

my favourite tea salons

Tea salon Le loire dans la théière

Picture credit : © Le loire dans la théière

The tea salon of cinema Panthéon is a tea salon I quite like; it’s somewhat a secret tea salon.

I also like le Loire dans la Théière in the Marais.

what I listen to these days

Fixi, the accordionist of the Java group has just released a record played with Jamaican Winston McAnuff.

I listen to it all the time.

Guitare Collection, my store

Guitar and amplifier

Crédit photo : © Unsplash, CC

I often go to boutiques of vintage guitars on rue de Douai, but Guitare Collection is one of my favorite shops, it’s a very exceptional place.

my japanese lair

platter of sushis

Picture credit : © Unsplash, CC

Kunitoraya, near rue Saint-Anne. This one is my favourite but there are others in the city, you can go to any of them, you won't be disappointed.

wandering in parisian gardens

jardin des plantes, a parisian garden

Picture credit : © Jérôme Munier, Facebook Le jardin des plantes

I like public gardens such as Jardin des Plantes, Buttes Chaumont, Luxembourg…

my collaboration with the talented photographer Liza rose

My collaboration with Lisa Roze is built on a friendship that has become an artistic collaboration.

Our two universes are close and benefit from a reciprocal influence, there is a real alchemy between us. The exhibition we are presenting at the W Paris-Opéra is an excerpt from the Livre Extraordinaire, on which we already collaborated. And indeed it’s quite surprising that there happened to be a photo with an upside down M (that turns into a W, note from the editor). The images were reworked by hand and certain pieces customized for the occasion. There is a megalomania side that could be worrisome because there are photos of me a little bit everywhere, but thanks to Lisa, I dare ! There are also objects, such post cards…

Be sure to try our cocktail at W lounge: le ChatPoney, a mix of vodka infused with raspberry, tea with jasmine and tagada strawberry.

Exhibition “M à l’envers” pop-up store at W Paris – Opéra, free entrance until 15 December 2013

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