Demian Clav

FAULT: You describe your sound as Progressive / Gothic / How do you keep your sound so unique?

We share an admiration for 70’s progressive bands (Early Genesis, King Krimson, Pink Floyd, etc), artists from the XIXth century (Chopin, Schumann, Baudelaire, Chateaubriand…). Our sound comes from the mix of all these “influences”. It’s unique as everyone’s grieve is unique. Both the progressive and gothic world does not satisfy us completely so it isn’t difficult for us to leave the aspects we don’t like in these two areas and to create our own sound.

FAULT: How did you all meet and start Demian Clav?

Demian Clav was created in 2006 in Nantes France with my dear friend Aurélien Chevalier (Lead guitar). I just finished the recording of “Nightfall Prayers” alone and I wanted to play it live. We played in the same post-rock band “Subject”. Antonin Faurel & Wehwalt (Bass guitar), Xandr, JP & Chris (Drums) & Simon Garot (Guitar) also participated to the project until 2009. Aurélien left the band in September 2009 to create his own group “Alien Daï” and Jean-Charles (Drums & Cello) joined Demian Clav in 2010. Jean-Charles: I’ve discovered Demian Clav in 2009 with the song “Arrest” while roaming on the net. I really loved their atmosphere and saw them twice live. LSK and I kept in touch during a few months; we discovered we shared a lot of references. When he decided to reorganize the band in 2010 we easily began to work together.



FAULT: Who did you grow up listening to?

My parents listened to classical music and I loved Jean-Sebastian Bach. Then, thanks to my big brother, I discovered David Bowie then Syd Barrett & Pink Floyd, Sinead O’Connor, The Doors and Peter Hammill (who will always be my favorite songwriter). Around the age of  twenty-two, I listened to Joy Division, Sonic Youth, The Hafler Trio, Tuxedomoon and all the magnificent post punk coldwave : The Cure, P. J. Harvey, The Legendary Pink Dots, David Tibet, Dead can dance, Bauhaus, Nick Cave, Minimal Compact, Laurie Anderson.

Later : Nick Drake, Portishead, Radiohead, Scott Walker, Grandaddy, Sigur Ros, Arcade Fire, Blonde Redhead, Shannon Wright, Woven Hand & Soap & Skin, Others major influences (writers, filmakers, painters): Andréi Tarkovski, Jean Luc Godard, Edward Burnes Jones, Luchino Visconti, Carl Dreyer, Arnulf Rainer, Anselm Kiefer, Gerard de Nerval, Pina Bausch, Alain Fournier, Soëren Kierkegaard, Simone Weil, Hölderlin, Jack Kerouac, Novalis, René Girard, Gurdjieff, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Steiner, Annick de Souzenelle, Virginia Woolf, Goethe, Edgar Poe, Cioran.

Jean-Charles: Dead composers and writers :  M. Ravel, F. Couperin, E. Satie, J. Brahms, R.  G. Faure, C. Debussy, D. Chostakovitch, S. Rachmaninov, I. Stravinsky, P. Verlaine, A. Rimbaud, A. Camus. A few living ones : H. Zimmer, E. Morricone, The Divine Comedy, Sigur Ros, K. Jarrett, Ulver, Therion, Sirenia, Dimmu Borgir.

FAULT: What are you currently working on?
We are working on a new track for a french photographer: Christophe Havot.

We must also finish a record with the musician Marc-Henri Arfeux who works in
the keyboards improvisation area.

And I’m obviously working on the third Demian Clav album whose title could be:
“Seventh Earl of Claw”.



FAULT: Are you inspired by your surroundings in Paris?

We are more inspired by litterature and wild landscapes than modern cities.

FAULT: What is your FAULT?



Hear More:



Official website :


Our second album “Wisteria Lodge”Prikosnovenie Records.
Our first album “Nightfall Prayers” : Amazon
Our Youtube Channel with all our videos