Uh-oh M83’s Anthony Gonzalez recently expressed his opposing views surrounding “Midnight City” being used to soundtrack images related to French political party, Le Front National. Gonzalez complied a response on the band’s Facebook wall, which has been removed (legal purposes, I assume), but Pitchfork has it up on their website. Here it is:
J'ai découvert avec horreur que le Front National utilisait "Midnight City" dans l'une de ses vidéos de campagne. Ils l'ont fait sans mon autorisation, et je suis consterné par leur manque de respect artistique. Le minimum est au moins de demander à l'artiste si il est d'accord ou non d'etre associé à une image ou une marque. Même les publicitaires et les marques les plus commerciales le font.
D'une manière générale, la musique de M83 est apolitique et je refuse d’être associé a un quelconque parti, tout particulièrement le Front National...
Translated in English (Kudos to Pitchfork):
To my horror, I discovered that the Front National have been using "Midnight City" in one of their campaign videos. They are doing this without my permission, and I am appalled at their lack of artistic respect. At the very least, artists should be asked if they agree, or disagree, with being associated with a certain image or brand. Even the most commerce-minded advertising agencies and brands do so.
In general, the music of M83 is apolitical, and I refuse to be associated with any party, and particularly the Front National...
In simple context, Julien Rochedy, president of the Front National youth electoral support committee (Jeunes avex Marine), used “Midnight City” as apart of his video expressing his views on immigration. According to Pitchfork, although the video isn’t technically a Le Front National campaign ad, Rochedy’s failure to seek permission to use the track aligns the band with the political party. Thanks to copyright infringement M83’s record label Naïve had the video removed for legal purposes.
I don’t blame Gonzalez for responding back to this situation considering individuals who listen to M83 in France could’ve gotten the impression the band supports the political viewpoints of Rochedy or even Le Front National, despite the fact M83 doesn’t. Way to call Rochedy on his shit, Gonzalez. Seriously, if you’re going to use music in a video relating to politics, a subject that tends to get heated 100 percent of the time, get permission.