As a composer, singer song-writer and as a music producer Firouz FarmanFarmaian's output has been constant since the founding of art-rock Paris duo PLAYGROUND with guitarist-composer-producer Dino Trifunovic in 2002. Catching on the 2000's indie rock revival PLAYGROUND signed on reference French label Catalogue - Le Village Vert ( Telepopmusik, Sporto Kantes, Autour de Lucie ) in 2003. The label released a first promo 12' Hurt, followed by debut single 1994 in 2004 ( artworks by Firouz ).
Playground What's Your Game
Critical acclaim for 1994 made way for release of debut album WHATS YOUR GAME recorded analog by Daniel Presley ( GoldFrapp, Faith No More, The Breeders ) at the Paris Gang studios. Album was completed and mixed at Depeche Mode's London Bedroom studios by Dimitri Tikovoï ( Placebo, Marianne Faithfull, Blondie ).
PLAYGROUND met with national success touring France with the Inrocks tour, opening for The Datsuns, Morphine, Interpol at the Notting Hill Arts Club in London and ending the tour in NYC playing the CMJ Festival.
1994 video directed by Christophe Navarre ( Mirweis ).
Playground Livin' on a weak end EP
In 2007-2008 Village Vert Records gradually closed down. The Playground Project morphed into various international collaborative experiments creating an in-house label in London - StarLabRex. Collabs featured NYC electroclash duo StreetLab, electro-pop London musician-producer Session Leopard and Milanese electronic musician Vincent Vargas. These explorations into electro-rock combinations gave birth to the LIVIN ON A WEAK END REMIX EP released on StarLabRex in 2008 followed by Club shows integrating Vincent Vargas on decks. The experiment paved the way for the next album.
Livin on a Weak End video directed by photographer-painter Claudio Cassano.
Livin on a Weak End on NRJ TV Featuring Vincent Vargas
Playground Lost Album
Livin on a Weak End was originally part of a set of dense raw and funky rocknroll tunes PLAYGROUND had been creating while touring. Material to become the second album on Le Village Vert. The upending of the label left most of these songs unreleased. Versions recorded in their Parisian Mains d'Oeuvre studio ( 2006-2008 ) are here compiled under the Lost Album alongside some acoustic demos and bootlegs.
In 2009 PLAYGROUND signed with Fashion brand Zadig & Voltaire's new record label Zadig & Voltaire Music and with Sony music to record + release their final work in 2010. Experimenting with fusion eletcro-rock sounds, concept-album PLAYGROUND NIGHTOLOGY produced by Eric Chédeville ( Daft Punk, Sebastien Tellier ) went gold in France with its first single Maravillosa alongside its video starring NYC model Rachel Nave directed by Thomas Pieds.