What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
In my case, I would say there were two very different ways of making music. The first was pure entertainment. That is to say, just as you might suddenly want to watch a good movie, go mountain biking in the mountains or play a video game, you might also want to make music. In that way, I started quit early (around 13-14 years old), only for fun. My mother had a piano, my father an acoustic guitar. I liked to try things with them. And then I also played drums, acoustic and electronic. Later on computer, with Reason and Garage Band. But ultimately it was still a game.
The thing is that since I was 18, I have always thought more about video than music. And so I invested a lot more of my time and energy in advancing in the video world. I became a director, author and actor. Activity that I continue to this day.
But over the years, a kind of frustration and a trouble has grown in me. Indeed, I am someone who likes to be able to create immediately, quickly, independently. Cinema and video in general are just the opposite of spontaneous, fast and autonomous. You have to go through a long phase of thinking and writing, you have to find money, a team, equipment, places, time, etc. I still love making movies, but about 3 years ago, in 2017, faced with this growing frustration, I absolutely wanted to find a field that freed me from all this pre-creative complexity. I started to do a lot of photography, another activity that I’ve been doing all my adult life, and also some music. Especially music for my movies.
And there…. Bang! I had a revelation, love at first sight ahahah. I thought to myself “this is what I like to do the most, this is what transcends me the most, motivates me the most”. You can make music when you want, where you want, with others but also on your own. Once you have a little hardware (no need for a lot) it doesn’t cost anything anymore. You can spend your days making music. And so I come to the second way of making music: the one where one day you say to yourself “that’s what I want to do. All the time. I want it to be my job, my life ”. And so it’s no longer just entertainment, but entertaining work. It’s very different. So recently, we can say that I am beginning my second life: music producer. And I’m really happy about that.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
Even though I have always listened and still listen to many musical genres, I never thought of doing anything other than electronic music. I particularly like techno that has a “story” in it. A bit like being in a movie. It must be my influences as a director 🙂 So, my music at the moment is a mix between techno and kind of cinematic synthwave. It almost could be film music. So I just released 3 singles, one signed by Nimi records, and two others on my own label. As the first is clearly to classify in techno, the other two are more difficult to classify. A bit hybrid.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
I have a lot of different influences but if I have to find something in common with them, I would say that it’s always this thing from a particular universe, a little strange, slightly dark and second degree. I am fascinated by the worlds which do not really resemble our reality. I love science fiction for example. I like being able to “travel” outside of our world, whether in music, film, literature, painting … What touches me the most is being on board elsewhere.
music: Boy Harsher, Nomenklatur, Etienne De Crecy, Justice, L’imperatrice, Lorn, Kavinsky, Vitalic, Gesaffelstein, Sebastien Tellier,
Non music: Neo noir movies (Carpenter, Blade Runner, Lynch…), Science fiction, Los Angeles, Seoul, Tokyo, Gregory Crewdson…
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
In fact I feel like my music is a bit hybrid. I really want to make sounds that make you move and dance. But at the same time I love trying to tell a story or at least build an atmosphere. it maybe gives a particular style between synhwave synthpop and a more dancing techno. I imagine you can listen to my music if you like retro sounds with a slightly dark atmosphere that doesn’t take itself too seriously. To dance, and to drive on a California highway too ahahah.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Album: Metronomy – The English Riviera // Jimi Hendrix – any best of // Warren G – Regulate
Film: « On connait la chanson » (Same old song) – Alain Resnais // Blade Runner – Ridley Scott // The big Lebowski – Coen Brothers
Books: Journey to the End of the Night – Louis Ferdinand Celine // Carrion Comfort – Dan Simmons // one Hundred Years of Solitude – Garcia Marquez
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
It’s going to be easy because I haven’t had the opportunity to do live with 80NP yet. But I think the two are so different and complementary that it’s hard to give a preference. I think these are two diametrically opposed experiences that complement each other in the life of an artist.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
When I was around 20, my friends had a funk band called Blink. And I don’t know why, probably to feel part of this adventure, I offered to be their “manager”. Obviously I had no legitimacy or experience to do this. I remember going from bar to bar to find them concerts, dressed in old puma fur that was too big for me, red sneakers and bleached blonde hair. It was absolutely ridiculous ahahah. And I was coming back from my tour proudly announcing, “Guys, I found you a concert in a cellar. It’s not paid but you’ll get free beer. ” After 2 weeks, everyone agreed, including me, that I should retire.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I would say the strangest track is “Green Sun” which was released on May 28. It’s a song that I composed for a short film that I’m finishing. But I liked it and I decided to take it out. It is not in line with what I usually do but it is a bit like a little trip to listen to.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
I am currently working on an EP which will include 2 singles already released but which will have a much more synthwave and less techno color. There are a few songs that will be accompanied by vocal too. It should be out in about 2-3 months.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
It is a philosophical question but this is a particularly relevant for artists in general and which is of course valid for music. Can we exist, in the sense exist socially, if nobody listens to us, if nobody knows our existence? So thank you for this interview which allows me to exist a little more 🙂
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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