Interview – Judge Fredd, guitarist of Cour Supreme

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Following our review on Cour Supreme’s last album, Hot Sauce, guitarist and one of the band’s founding members, Judge Fredd, agreed to answer our questions.

Rock’n’News – If you had to present Cour Supreme and its music, how would you do it?

Judge Fredd – Cour Supreme is a power trio that produces heavy rock.  Our influences are very diverse and range from the 70s to the 2000s. Their common points are sincerity, nerve and convincing stage performances.

R’n’N – Your band has a sound reminiscent of a lot of great Hard Rock bands, like AC/DC, for example. Is it a voluntary choice to have a sound close to these big names, or is it just because they are your inspirations and therefore your compositions can let think of these bands?

J.F. – We didn’t really try to have the sound of this or that band, but like all musicians, we were influenced by the people we loved. So yes, we can think of AC/DC, ZZ Top, Led Zep, King’s X, Status Quo, Hot Tuna, Neil Young, CCR, Johnny Winter, the list is very very long and of course we are more in this tradition than in the new wave or Rennes Rock. 😉 But we rather try to have a coherent and effective sound. On the compositions we just try to make good songs.

R’n’N – This new album, Hot Sauce, sounds more “aggressive” than your previous album. Did you want to create an album with more energy, or did it come naturally during its production?

J.F. – A bit of both. From the start, there was a desire to take a step forward in terms of compositions: we wanted to sharpen them, in terms of cohesion (work on playing details), and of course sound. We worked on the compositions and their structures with Arnaud Giroux (Emigrate). And Pierre Danel (Kadinja) put the finishing touches to the matter by helping us to fine-tune the final sound. Others like Lionel Borée and Jean-Marc Hauser also participated in this progression as well as Pierrick Noël whose masterings are great. In fact, we worked with talented and inventive people, so everyone contributed to the end result.

R’n’N – How long did you take to write this album, knowing that your song Big Zulu is already 4 years old? Did you write it for the album, or was it just a song that you liked, without necessarily thinking of putting it on an album?

J.F. – Big Zulu, released in June 2017 was supposed to be the first song of the album, and we already had at that time 4 or 5 of the final songs. So we thought we would release a song every two months, while continuing to compose and release the album a year later, like late 2018. We are just 3 years late ;-), because of a lot of obstacles encountered along the way and of course the various lockdowns and curfews. The composition itself was shorter. We were planning to go back to the studio in March 2020 (hahaha) and at that time, we already had 9 of the 10 tracks even if not everything was recorded. Only Louise is more recent.

R’n’N – As a guitarist, do you take part in writing the lyrics, or do you leave the whole writing part to Jean-Marc Palma?

J.F. – It depends. Let’s say that Jean-Marc has the last word on the lyrics, since he’s the one who mainly defends them on stage, so he has to be comfortable with them. On this album, I contributed less to the lyrics than on the previous one. Arnaud and Jean-Marc mainly wrote the texts.

R’n’N – Was the creation of this album impacted by the health crisis? Was this crisis beneficial for the composition?

J.F. – Influenced in terms of timing yes, but it had no effect on the composition and if I had to dig into the question I would say that it has rather frozen than boosted things.

R’n’N – The Big Zulu music video was released on June 3, 2017, and was a huge hit, with over 19,000 views to date. How was the creation of this video, directed by Arnaud Giroux?

J.F. – We are very resourceful, by which I mean that we don’t use crowdfunding platforms and that we therefore manage with relatively little money. Luckily, we have talented friends who are often willing to help us. The music video of Big Zulu was shot by 3 people: Thomas KorberLoïc Caradec and Arnaud Giroux in a… cellar! Afterward of course, Arnaud brought all his imagination and his graphic talent to dress and stage the whole thing.

R’n’N – To conclude, what are your next projects? Have you planned a concert tour to promote this album? Do you want to shoot more clips?

J.F. – We have a release party scheduled at the Bus Palladium, in Paris, on April 9, 2022, to do it before would have been risky considering the number of cancellations we’re seeing these days. We also have concerts in discussion, a visit to your colleagues of the Fernando Rock Show at the end of March and the return to normal conditions of rehearsal, recording, etc. We are currently discussing to shoot one or two other videos but it is very embryonic for the moment.

R’n’N – Thank you for this interview!

J.F. – Thank you and see you soon in concert.

We thank Judge Fredd again for these answers and for his kindness! Cour Supreme‘s album Hot Sauce is available for purchase here, and you can find the band on their Facebook page, their Instagram, and their Youtube channel.

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