Rockfort started life as a French music radio show on Resonance 104.4FM, London. The Rockfort French music programme began in 2005, presented by Ludovic Merle (FR) and David McKenna (GB), with the aim of highlighting the flowering of talent in France since the 90s French Touch explosion, while also looking back at classics from the 50s onwards. Interviewees have included Camille, Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sebastien Tellier, Bertrand Burgalat, Katerine, Zombie Zombie, Jean-Claude Vannier and French rock n roll legend Dick Rivers, while John and Jehn, Alex Gopher, Monade, The Lovers, Underground Railroad, Barbara Carlotti, Anne Pigalle, Le Volume Courbe and Poni Hoax have all been in for live sessions.
Since the inception of the show, Rockfort has also been running and promoting live nights featuring the cream of up-and-coming French acts, first at The Social in Little Portland Street, and then at The Windmill in Brixton.
The Rockfort website provides a home for news, reviews and interviews relating to contemporary French music and culture. There may be a slight London bias (with information on French gigs in London), but the aim is to make it a valuable resource for anyone in the world who wants to know more about the country’s musical output.
Rockfort is David McKenna and Ludovic Merle, with contributors Cat Conway, Will Kane, Kieron Tyler and Jin Ho.
David McKenna has written about the French music scene for The Guardian, Time Out Paris and Music Week.
Ludovic Merle is an artist manager and promoter.
The site was designed by Ursula McLaughlin