Thomas Mars

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Thomas Mars
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Mars in October 2018
Background information
Birth nameThomas Pablo Croquet
Also known asGordon Tracks
Born (1976-11-21) 21 November 1976 (age 42)
Versailles, France
GenresAlternative rock
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • guitars
  • drums
Years active1999–present
Labels

Thomas Pablo Croquet (born 21 November 1976), known as Thomas Mars, is a French musician and the lead singer of the French indie pop band Phoenix.

Early life[edit]

Thomas Pablo Croquet was born on 21 November 1976 in Versailles, France. Croquet was originally inspired to start learning English by his uncle, Horst.[1]

When Croquet was ten, he formed the band Phoenix with schoolfriends Chris Mazzalai and Deck d'Arcy. Mazzalai's older brother, Laurent Brancowitz, also joined the band after the break-up of Darlin'. Croquet says that he "destroyed every single other option that would lead me to any potential career other than music", attending college for only four days, studying economics.[2]

Career[edit]

Mars in 2014

Croquet is the frontman for the band Phoenix, that was founded in the early 1990s when Croquet was ten years old. The band eventually became a full-time profession for Mars following his dropping out of college.[2] The band pressed their first 500 singles on their own label before being signed to Paris-based label, Source Records.[3]

Croquet wrote and produced Phoenix's first charting single in France, "Too Young", which peaked at number 97.[4] Eventually Phoenix's first studio album, United was released in 2000, shipping 150,000 units worldwide.[5]

The band has released six albums and won a Grammy Award in 2010.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 2011, Croquet married Sofia Coppola at Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda. The couple met whilst producing the soundtrack to one of Coppola's films.[7] They have two daughters together, Romy and Cosima.[8] The German literary critic Hellmuth Karasek was his uncle.

Croquet currently lives in New York with his wife and two children. He travels to Paris every month and has a residence there due to the rest of his band, Phoenix, currently living in France.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Interview: Phoenix singer Thomas Mars about family and touring plans". indiespect.ch (in German). Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  2. ^ a b "Thomas Mars on Being Committed to Your Art". thecreativeindependent.com. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  3. ^ "Phoenix Biography - AOL Music". 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  4. ^ Hung, Steffen. "lescharts.com - Phoenix - Too Young". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  5. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2004-04-24). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  6. ^ Lamont, Tom. "Thomas Mars: soundtrack of my life". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Entertainment News, Celebrity News, Celebrity Gossip | E! News". E! Online. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
  8. ^ Hammel, Sara. "Sofia Coppola, Thomas Mars Wed in Italy". People. Retrieved 26 August 2013.