Q. Your long anticipated album “Higher Cognitive Process” is set to release this month on Ifonika Recordings. Give us a preview of what we can look forward to
A. I’ve been thinking about this project for a long time and planning the best time to complete and release the album because it’s a very different approach than for an EP. With the album I have an opportunity to show a more personal side of my music and also present myself with a challenge of completing the project. For one year, this album has become my life and during this time a lot of things happened that influenced me, the tracks I was creating and the final choice of which would be used on the album. I completed a total of 25 tracks, 17 have been selected for Higher Cognitive Process and they range from 85 to 128 BPM from a few different genres including progressive house, electronica, chill out and more. Of course the album is essentially based around my progressive house and progressive trance sound that are made for the dance floor and radio I guess. I wrote (and named) many tracks for wonderful people I have met throughout my life and who have contributed to my career, for example Michael Mellon from Cleveland (Tru Events/Liquid/Life in Color) who brought me to the USA for the first time last year, that was an incredible adventure!
Q. Creating an album release is never easy for any artist. What was your biggest challenge throughout the process and what new things did you learn about yourself?
A. My biggest challenge was to stay constantly working and at the same time to try and excel my sound and myself, trying to blend classical sounds with house music sounds to create something new. Technically too, mixing and engineering took a long time because I normally use a lot of channels in my tracks so being precise with my mixing and engineering became harder in this way.After completing this album I think I’m more patient and take more time to listen intelligently, write down my engineering details, calculations, melodies, schemes and little tricks. I also practiced some piano, which has opened my mind. I’ve also been learning to listen to my own and other peoples advice.
Q. Anything in the works for Ifonika after the release of your album?
A. We have many options but nothing confirmed at this time. We would like to take Ifonika to the USA, it’s in our goals - but first we need management and more demand worldwide.
A. I hope so!
"...If I can really stay ahead I guess it's probably from my maturity and different knowledge of music....."
A. I am often impressed with the many young producers who are really awesome. If I can really stay ahead I guess it’s probably from my maturity and different knowledge of music history. Since I was 16 years old I have had many enjoyable and great years resident DJ-ing, that was an important influence on my music. I guess the culture and the knowledge helps me too.
Q. Along with being a producer, in a second life you are also co-manager of Ifonika Recordings with fellow producer and DJ, Adelaide Carleton. How have you two collaborated thus far as managers of this up and coming label?
A. A few years ago I was disappointed about the possibility to keep music in my life as my career, I thought it was really difficult and maybe even impossible. Adelaide gave me great support and the encouragement of "you can do it", this inspired me to believe and create again. After this I built many foundations with releases so I thought it was the best time to launch Ifonika. Adelaide was a great person to join the brand, I can 100% trust her and that was why I asked my sister to be the Label Manager - she is professional, intelligent and promising.
"...I think we need to respect being creative...."
Q. Do you see yourself surpassing that in the future?
A. I’m a biker, I really enjoying riding. I had to sell my Harley Davidson to invest around the time of my album, for me this is a big sacrifice as I hate driving a car.Something a bit funny, I won a TV show cooking contest here in France, but I’m not a great cook. Two women recognized me in the street when I was with the brothers of my motorcycle club and took pictures with me like I was a big tv actor, I was so confused :)
Q. Tell us a fun fact about yourself
Q. You’re one of the more experienced artists in the Progressive House arena. How do you manage to stay ahead of the younger producers and keep your creative juices flowing?
Q. What changes or new things would you like to see in Progressive House?
A. As a lot of other artists have been saying, would like to see some more quality music rather than all tracks sounding like the similar loud commercial dance tracks in the Top100 right now. I don’t really appreciate the easy copying of this kind of music, I think we need to respect being creative.
Q. Your work has been supported by some of the biggest names in the Industry, such as Paul Van Dyk, Gareth Emery, AVB, the list goes on. What would you say was your highest point so far as a producer?
A. In 2008 I released a pop dance track under the name Telemode and I went on a small Europe tour which I’m proud of. Last year was my first US mini tour which included one show at the official Life In Color After Party and a show with Paul Van Dyk at Liquid Club in Cleveland.But I think the highest point is now, I have never done what I’m doing right now with my album and Ifonika so I think and hope the future will be big.
"we are ONE"
A. A massive thanks to everyone who has followed and supported me, we are ONE.
Q. Last words for the readers