SOMix #20 – DANTON EEPROM
The SOMix #20 is out now!
Play it loud and enjoy the interview.
How is the life of a French musician in London? How important is the context for an artist? In the last 20 years Berlin has become a must for anyone who loves electronic music (Djs, producers, clubbers), but London is London. Can you tell us more about your experience?
What is the biggest difference between your first album (Yes Is More – 2009) and IF LOOKS COULD KILL (set to be released February 3rd)?
What music did you listen to in High School?
What was your first musical instrument? A personal computer? (:
Tell me three albums that seduced you in the last months…
Can you please tell us at least the title of the first track of your mixtape? Shazam can’t help me…(:
Granted, in this Shazam day and age all you need to do is point your phone at the speaker and Bob’s your uncle… Or is he? It seems some tracks still manage to slip through the net. Call me pathetic but it manages to make me all warm and fuzzy inside, and it gives me a good reason to wear my smug face for a minute or two. It should’t come as a surprise, it is a well-known fact that all DJs pride themselves in pioneering the finest, most unheard-of music they can lay their finger on, which in turn allow them to tell the whole world how they were the very first to play -insert exotic artist name here- tracks, how the poor guy would still be flipping burgers at the local burger joint if they didn’t have, and how thankful said artist should be for their being amongst the last true visionaries and dare to playlist a track made by someone they had never partied with, somebody nobody had ever heard of before. They’ll keep going about how, in a moment of pure genius, they found his debut EP in the hundreds and thousands of promotional material they get into their inbox every hour of the day at no cost to them even though they could afford the 1,50 euro asking price more than anyone but would never ever pay for. Famous DJs, paying for music? What a ludicrous idea, who does this -insert exotic artist name here- think he is, they would go on. He gets exposure, what else does he want? They would then say. If anything he should be the one paying us for the privilege, if people weren’t so stuck up on all this morality bs… It doesn’t offend anyone when it’s headphones at stake, etc. And yet, however unfair it might seem, they could well be right. The artist in question should indeed consider himself the luckiest man on earth they play his track at all. I know people who’d do unspeakable things to be play-listed by Them, or just to be seen talking to Them… Because they are these critically-acclaimed tastemakers, these demi-gods of the night basking in the light of strobes, scans, and LED lights, blessed with the gift of being able to mix and sometimes beat-match two tracks they didn’t make, a gift they use to give orgasm after orgasm after orgasm to entire legions of dazzled revellers all gathered around the DJ booth like rabbits caught in the headlights, hoping they’ll too get up there, and experience enlightenment.
If the drink doesn’t get to them first, that is. If it does, they’ll just experience something called hangover.
Sorry if I got side-tracked a bit. To come back to our matter, I might wear the DJ hat at times but I am a producer first and foremost, so none of the above really applies. Which means I can tell you the first track of the mix is an Oleg Poliakov song called « Lies », and is the responsibility of a rather excellent french label Circus Company.
Given I went to great pains to point out how much DJs care about these things, I hope you will remember where you heard it first.
Let’s play our game: what did you sing this morning in the shower?