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Interview

Rone

01/03/16

Describe your musical style in 3 words…
Electronic. Structured. Chaotic

How important is the visual connection to your music to you?
The visual environment around my music is important, but at the same time it’s not essential. My music would still exist without videos, artwork or scenography. Take my gigs for example, I play in open air festivals with a whole decor, video wall, smoke and balloons, but also in small clubs with a stripped down set-up. Yet the crowd will not be directly influenced by the visual environment. Of course I’m aware that it adds a dimension to my music, but to me, the most important thing is having the chance to collaborate with other talented artists, share a project with inspiring people.”

What’s been your best memory of performing out recently?
Let me think… I would say end October last year at L’Olympia. This venue is a Parisian myth and the evening was just magic. There was a special energy in the air, it was sold out, the audience was great and I had the chance to share the stage with special guests like Etienne Daho, François Marry or the chord trio Vacarme. Those moments are unique.

If we were to walk into your studio, what would we see?
 You would see lots of machines, a mix of new and vintage synths, and somewhere on a shelf you’d also see bottles of Japanese whisky, my treat for late night studio sessions.

Does your studio stay pretty similar, or will it change from each project you’re working on?
Apart from the backbone made of a few essential elements I like to change my studio setup for each project. I concentrate on a particular synth, experiment and eventually find new sounds. So I’m not really attached to a particular machine or synth, I’m not too much of a machine fetish.

How does the equipment you use in the studio translate into your live sets? Is it a simplified version, or something quite different from how you create your music?
My studio is packed with equipment it would be too heavy to carry around and also too complex to set up for each performance. Also, the process of composing new music and playing it live is quite different. Basically I take my music and cut it in little pieces, then once on stage I re-arrange the pieces in a unique puzzle, blending the tracks, looping, adding effects and a bit of magic ingredients 😉 Some of my tracks take a complete different vibe once they go through that process.

What’s your typical set up that you take with you to the club?
I actually have different live setups, from the lighter club setup consisting of a laptop running Abelton Live, an iPad and two midi controllers to the more elaborate setup for big venues and festivals where I add a theremin, drum pad and some synths.

Tell us something people might not know about you?
“Let’s play a game, one of these is true :
1) Every day at 11:48pm sharp I have a little whisky
2) I own the world’s biggest collection of stamps from Panama
3) Donald Trump asked me to compose his campaign anthem, but I told him to p!$$ 0##”

What are you most looking forward to about playing at the Bonobo presents Outlier event on March 12th?
I love London and I’m happy to play there again, but I’m also excited about sharing the bill with cool acts like Maya Jane Coles, Bonobo or Kiasmos to name just a few.

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