Harkati stops in front of a café at La Marsa, not far from the sea, where a neighborhood cat is waiting expectantly outside the door. The cat remains here, undaunted by foot traffic, for the hour plus that we sit at a table nearby. The barista brings two black coffees. « I love coffee by the way », says Harkati, « but I’m trying to get rid of it. It’s not easy… it’s a friend after all. I spend a lot of time with coffee and cigarettes, thinking, writing songs and other stuff, listening to music… ». He continues, « Some people can write a song in 20 minutes or an hour. They write all the time and then collect songs to make an album. For me, writing is periodic: every two to three years I have a theme, both musically and in terms of subject matter, that I want to write about ».