Florent Atem is an internationally recognized guitarist, nominated twice for the Grammy Awards. He decides to put his musical career on hold to complete a thesis on American civilization. His talent is also reflected in this art, since he received the "Prize for the thesis 2016" from the University of Aix-Marseille. This Tahitian, with an atypical and inspiring career, did us the honor of composing new music for a Kadalys tutorial shot with the magnificent Miss Tahiti 2016 "Vaea Ferrand".
What made you take a four-year hiatus to write a thesis on American civilization?
Along with my artistic activities, I have also been an associate professor of English at the University of French Polynesia for ten years. If I have always divided my time between school obligations and musical occupations, I have sometimes had to put them on hold, in particular the time to present teaching competitions such as CAPES and aggregation: continue on the road to research with the development of a doctoral thesis therefore seemed to me to be a logical continuation of my progress. This work has indeed earned me the "2016 Thesis Prize" from Aix-Marseille University, which is a great satisfaction given the sacrifices I had to make. Make way for music now!
You are a model of excellence for overseas territories, what is your secret?
Quite frankly, I wouldn't pretend to see myself as a role model for anyone. If some people see me that way, of course it touches me a lot and prompts me to do everything in my power to try to live up to the esteem accorded me. From my experience, I would say that the secret to success is first of all to gain access to real self-knowledge, in order to truly find your way, which will inevitably have the effect of transforming long and tedious hours of work. in pure moments of pleasure. I believe it is also essential to keep an open mind and to constantly question yourself, while constantly striving to push your limits.
What inspired you to create this new music for Kadalys?
It seemed to me that the peaceful and warm atmosphere of the islands was in perfect harmony with the image of the brand, which I tried to reproduce using the particularly playful sound of the "ukulele", an intimately instrument. associated with life in the tropics. If these few notes can, for a moment, allow the audience to feel transported to a white sand beach, in the shade of a coconut palm, near a turquoise lagoon, then the mission is accomplished!
To discover the tutorial and the original musical animation: click here