Laurent Brancowitz

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Laurent Brancowitz
Phoenix mg 5760.jpg
Performing at Eurockéennes 2007
Background information
Birth name Laurent Mazzalai
Born (1973-10-19) October 19, 1973 (age 44)
  • Guitars
  • keyboards
  • vocals
Years active 1992–present
Associated acts

Laurent Brancowitz (born Laurent Mazzalai on October 19, 1973)[1] 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 Beach Boys-inspired 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.[2] Brancowitz joined forces with Phoenix at around the same time.[3]


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.