To meet Dave, head to the 7th arrondissement and his apartment overlooking the Eiffel Tower. An exceptional situation for a Paris lover. Did you know that Dave's favorite pastime is cooking? Interview signed Côté Maison ...
Among our popular singers, Dave remains the favorite of lovers of French variety. Proof of his success, he is the guest of honor and the godfather of the 8th and last tour "Age tender and head of wood" which started on November 7 and continues until 2014. And of course, it is currently on M6 for the 8th season of "France has an incredible talent".
Note, to the delight of his fans, Dave will be on view at the Olympia in May 2014 to celebrate its 70th anniversary. It was after reading the interview that Laurent Ruquier had granted us, that he agreed to lend himself to the challenge of our VIP Interview. When Dave is not in Paris, he is in his country house on the Ile-sur-Sorgue side.
Why did you choose the 7th arrondissement of Paris?
Dave: Since my debut in Paris, I have moved a lot. We are here with the rich (laughs) but it is a central district, airy and especially ideal for walking, which is not my case, but Patrick Loiseau, my companion is a great walker.
My top floor apartment with terrace has a panoramic view over Paris and according to the rooms, I can admire the Sacré Coeur, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Trocadero, the Grand Palais ... I must admit that the place is exceptional.
Your furniture: rather modern, ultra design, family, pitcher?
Dave: Patrick, my companion for 43 years, has always had the talent to decorate our apartments! With us, there is everything but it's more antique than antique. In addition to four decades of living together, we accumulated objects and furniture during our moves and travels. What dominates is a mix of objects from the 50s and 60s.
The 50's is my youth and that reassures me; the 60's is carelessness. A thief would probably be disappointed because globally, they are inexpensive objects. I have two sofas Le Corbusier ... but one is a copy that comes from England! If his comfort is not the same, visually, it is to be mistaken.
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Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?
Dave: Cooking because it's my favorite pastime. We were four children at home and my parents were taken by their trades, so it was me who prepared everything. Since then, I have kept the habit of cooking, it is my passion.
I built a semi professional kitchen with all appliances, besides I make my bread once a week. An aluminum shelf from Habitat allows storage of all teas, organic products ... There is even a big block with a huge knife.
This room enjoys a beautiful sunshine and is beautifully decorated with some unusual objects such as chewing gum machine of the 40s or this Italian sculpture giving the illusion of a bucket with water overflowing. Everything is painted white and the furniture is gray. She is too small to eat. We have meals in the living room around a beautiful black granite table for 8 people.
What's still in your fridge?
Dave: I am omnivorous but I live with a vegetarian. Our diet is a Mediterranean cuisine based on vegetables. I always have onions and a nice piece of parmesan: I like to put in salads.
My thing is to use a panini machine to grill vegetables! And above all, I have an incredible reserve of about fifty spices and several kinds of olive oils. I consider that olive oil is as important as wine.
And a recipe on the run?
Dave: If you come here unexpectedly, I'll make you a rather Italian starter, an assortment of grilled vegetables - fennel, zucchini and eggplant - with olive oil and grated parmesan cheese, accompanied by baked peppers with Garlic and a good Bordeaux.
The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?
Dave: We are ecstatic at first sight because it feels like you can touch the Eiffel Tower. And then there are some paintings that can surprise. In particular, a trompe l'oeil picture, in shades of brown and gray, which represents a New York street, creating a real depth.
I also love this photo of Frank Sinatra: he has just been arrested by the cops for insolent response. He has a number around his neck, he must be 25 years old. Other unusual objects: a neon in the colors of the rainbow, a small model of the 50s with a Saint-Laurent sweater that was narrowed to the wash by a mistake of my cleaning lady! Finally, as chimneys are forbidden in Paris, I run my own bioethanol, it's odorless and it looks like a real chimney.
An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?
Dave: This question is a puzzle. My choice is nostalgic with a pendulum that has a side 40 years. It belongs to my early childhood and evokes my mother: it is she who painted the numbers. There are also pictures of her, our missing friends and all our dogs.
Your favorite color in your home?
Dave: There is a bit of all colors but black and white dominate.
Your last favorite purchase for the house?
Dave: A fake transistor radio, a beautiful imitation of the 60s.
And the TV, which room?
Dave: There is one in the dining room, the living room and the kitchen. In the room, we do not put in a long time. There is better to do! (Laughter)
Are you rather candle or rather scent of atmosphere?
Dave: There are always scented candles. I really like Nicolai candles and especially the "Maharadja" fragrance that reminds me of Pot Pourri by Guerlain.
Do you live with music or rather in silence?
Dave: When I'm alone by car, I listen to France Musique or Radio Classique. My companion listens to the variety. At home, I like being in silence.
What is on your bedside table?
Dave: I like biographies and autobiographies. I'm reading right now "The rude newspaper" by Christian Millau. I also have the last work of Jean d'Ormesson and recently released the comic "Asterix among the Picts". On Patrick's table, there are all the books of the publisher and writer Jean-Marc Roberts that we just bought. Books are what you see most at home: there are large libraries throughout the apartment.
Do you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?
Dave: Honestly, no.
Rather orderly or messy?
Dave: Ordered. The disorder gives me the blues.
Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?
Dave: All windows overlook the terraces. We have plants, boxwood, an olive tree ... We are going to buy a eucalyptus, a species that can withstand the Parisian climate. November is a good season for plantations.
As for flowers, I love hyacinths. Their scent is an olfactory joy as the smell of tar evokes the trip, at the time when it was used to streamline the boats.
Your addresses or favorite brands for the home?
- For plants, I go on the quays at Vilmorin, or at Truffaut next to the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand;
- The Bon Marché.
Dave's news :
- Dave is part of the tour "Tender Age and Head of Wood" until March 2014;
- Every Tuesday, Dave is live on M6 in "France has an incredible Talent";
- In concert May 4, 2014 at the Olympia for its 70 years.