Meet the EDM Producer & Great Grandson of the Great Pablo Picasso
French producer Florian Picasso was born in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam in 1990 and now lives between Cannes, France and Geneva, Switzerland. He's the great grandson of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), the Spanish painter, sculptor, ceramicist, poet and arguably the single most influential artist of the 20th century.
When Florian reflects on his life, however, he thinks less about his preeminent bloodline and more about the second chance he received from his mother. Marina Picasso adopted Florian from a Vietnamese orphanage when he was 3 months old.
"I've been adopted at 3 months old from vietnam. My mother is Marina Picasso, she saved me and gave me a second chance. When I was back in the orphanage it was a special moment to me. Sitting in that exact same room where I was as a newborn but this time holding a child was a unique experience. Reminding me not to take life for granted, i could have been one of these kids with no family and a though life. But instead I'm doing what I love and I owe my success to them, I can't cry over the fact that I was abandoned It wouldn't be fair. And today I stand tall, fighting for my ideas and beliefs because they aren't privileged like you and me."
And yet, EDM.com had the chance to ask Florian a few questions about his rather extraordinary lineage...
What’s the craziest thing you learned or story you heard about Pablo Picasso from your relatives?
He used to have a goat that was allowed to wander inside the house.
What is your favorite contemporary visual artist?
I like Banksy, Takashi Murakami and more.
What does your family think of EDM and your music?
They are ok with it, they are happy I'm living off what I like and support it 100%.
Picasso starting learning and practicing art when he was 7 years old. When did you first start playing/making music?
At the age of 13 years old.
Do you have any other artists or musicians in your immediate/extended family?
Yes, Paloma Picasso she designs jewelry pieces for Tiffany and Co.
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I have a lot of music coming and my own ideas and vision of doing things, I will always favor the unusual and the different. Wether they like it or not, I'm here to stay and make a statement beyond music.
Florian's latest single "Final Call" was released on May 19 via Nicky Romero's Protocol Recordings. The official music video was directed by Fauns / Clubbing Vision, the Cannes-nominated crew that's worked for Canal+ and the popular film Mad Max. Watch the captivating video for "Final Call" below, and then support the single here.
I'm a storyteller at heart, and music makes my world go round.