Laurent Brancowitz

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Laurent Brancowitz
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Performing at Eurockéennes 2007
Background information
Birth nameLaurent Mazzalai
Born (1973-10-19) 19 October 1973 (age 45)
  • Guitars
  • keyboards
  • vocals
Years active1992–present
Associated acts

Laurent Brancowitz (born Laurent Mazzalai on 19 October 1973) is a musician best known for being one of the guitarists from the French alternative rock band Phoenix.


In 1992, Brancowitz was part of a short lived guitar group called Darlin'. The band consisted of his friends, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and himself. After releasing their songs on Duophonic Records, a review in the British music magazine Melody Maker called the music "a daft punky thrash." Darlin' disbanded months later. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo became interested with electronic music soon afterward, used the quote from the Melody Maker magazine as a moniker, and composed music under the name Daft Punk.[1] Brancowitz joined forces with Phoenix at around the same time.


Phoenix was created in 1999 with his younger brother Christian Mazzalai, Thomas Mars and Deck D'Arcy in Versailles.

During live shows, Brancowitz often plays a Fender Bullet, although he has also used a large variety of guitars from Fender and Gibson.