Thursday, 27 July 2017

// Interview // Catching up with Faul & Wad


French duo  FAUL & WAD are back with a wonderfully uplifting new slice of melodic house music.

Music has the power to unite, to inspire love, laughter and joy - new single ‘I Need You’ is one of those heartwarming cuts that taps into the universal power of music and will provide countless listeners with lifelong memories.

Produced with talented folk musician Avalanche City, from New Zealand, this hot new release is the second piece of original material from FAUL & WAD. It follows on from their debut track ‘Changes’, recorded with Australian pop group PNAU back in 2013, a huge hit which has picked up over 50 million views on YouTube.

FAUL & WAD will cement their growing reputation as purveyors of unforgettable tunes that have a positive outlook and tons of dance floor appeal. From the glorious strings to the euphoric keys, and the unashamedly optimistic atmosphere, everything about ‘I Need You’ screams happiness, and why not?

This is smile-inducing music from a formidable duo who understand the power of music and its ability to lift people. Look at any dance floor around the world and you will see all different people dancing side by side, united by the music and the good feeling it gives them.

We hooked up with them to chat about their music, inspirations and future endeavours. Take a look at what they had to say…




Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today? 
Hi there we are good! And today we are in our home studio finishing some instrumental for our upcoming song

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
Our sound is uplifting, summery and dancing

What are the 5 albums that have influenced you the most?
- Imprint Of Pleasure - Tube & Berger
- Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Justice - Justice
- Lucky girl EP - Dj Mehdi
- Bittersweet - Rodriguez Jr

Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
We are a lot into Sigala for his ridiculously uplifting vibes ! And we listen to a lot of folk artists too, we love the guitar riffs from Moriarty, Passenger, Asaf Avidan..

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
In the Studio, our go to is the monitor speakers Adam A3X that we absolutely love

What would you say some of the challenges artists face today in the music industry?
The challenge is all about making good tracks :)

Where do you gather songwriting inspiration? 
We gather  songwriting inspiration by living experiences and try new stuff, also doing sport

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting your music together?
There's no particular steps when writing music, it can start from a piece of vocals , drums, a piano, anything that we think has a good vibe

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
Our best gigs ever take place in Paris because we feel very supported and people love us and we love them.. also because it's home

And the worst?
The worst gig we had was in a club in a lost place in Germany where the mixtable was doing crazy high pitch noises.

If you weren't a musician what would you be? 
Maxime : I would be a teacher
Camil : I would be a drawer

Do you have any particular gigs or festivals that you dream about playing?
We would love to play on the Ultra Miami main stage

If you could perform alongside any other band or artist, living or dead, who would it be?
We would love to perform alongside big singers like Ellie Goulding , she has a angel voice

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
All we can say is that we have great things coming up soon and it's still work in progress ;)

I N S T A G R A M
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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Highly anticipated EP "Seaflow" released by SEAPORA.


“Seaflow” will be released on 27th April via Chillage Records by stunning songtress SEAPORA whose sultry vocals have made her a favourite following her previous released singles example, “Traveling” that was premiered by Earmilk whilst its remix by Spoken Bird has seen support from The Untz, The Accidental Poet and QRD Music and her most recent single, “Per Angel” premiered via CLASH Mag. The album was produced by Peter Farr (Urple Eeple), Ian Anderson (Somatik) and Jeff Harris (Thattix). SEAPORA has gone on to receive impressive support from YourEDM, having reached #1 on EDM Africa chart, and she has worked alongside Jay Wiltzen & Alex Blue (BLU J), Alex Gonzalez (Spoken Bird) and  Will Bauer (Elevated Mind) for previous album ‘Seapop’. SEAPORA gained support from the likes of Magnetic Magazine, Insomniac, Amazing Radio and Keep It Underground and played at Lucidity Festival and Treefort Music Festival.

The electronic musicans production can be stylistically compared to Burial, as her vocals are reminiscent of Beth Gibbons (Portishead), Björk or Lamb. SEAPORA’s sound has become “synonymous with ethereal soundscapes and soulful vocal leads. Moved by the power of the auditory sense, SEAPORA uses her music to experience and capture mood, and through musical composition she connects with the world.” Citing her influences to be amongst artists Bjork, Robotaki, Tycho, Enya, Deep Forest, and Goldfrapp, she made her first piano composition at the age of 12.

"Following her previous release ‘Seapop’ the new album "Seaflow" is the second album in a trilogy, and the first single to be taken from the album, ‘Traveling’ consists of “dreamy vocals between flowing, ambient soundscapes, the track is an aural distillation of emotion, music that offers everything, but demands nothing.”

Speaking of “Seaflow,” SEAPORA says: "The lyrical content in "Seaflow" takes the listener on a journey through the self and deals with existential themes surrounding life and death. In "Seaflow" we get a glimpse of what it means to be truly alive and experience our own truth. The multifaceted nature of life inspired this album, as well as the awe-inspiring beauty of our planet." 


Listen/Stream "Seaflow"






"Seaflow" Tracklist:

1. Distant Vision Pt. 1
2. Royale - Eternal
3. Per Angel
4. Distant Vision Pt. 2
5. Traveling
6. Saturday Morning
7. Don't Speak Demon
8. Glide
9. Distant Vision Pt. 3
10. Traveling (Spoken Bird Remix)
11. Traveling (Urple Eeple Remix)
12. Royale - Eternal (MKLY Remix)

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

// Interview // Catching up with Sebastian Chenut


bORDEL Records has recently released Sebastien Chenut’s M.O.L.R.M.X (inc Sutra Gutierrez remix)

L.A based, Sebastien Chenut is half of French electronic duo Scratch Massive and has been making music for 15 years plus. As both a vocalist and a beat maker he produces gorgeous synth pop and electro that is effortlessly breezy. Here he gets a little darker and more experimental with a moody cut of fizzing electronics.

C.A.R. is Chloé Raunet, a half-French, Canadian born, London based artist who was signed to Kill The DJ, co-hosts a show on NTS and makes music on the weirder-end of electronic spectrum that mixes up pop, synth, post punk and kraut into her own beguiling forms. She was also the vocalist for the band Battant. First up is her live take version of ‘Motor Of Love’ and it’s a slowly unfolding track with shadowy drones and curious synth chords all building to a crescendo. Swirling pads add scale and foreboding vocals bring a sense of menace to this eerie arrangement.

Next comes a remix from Sutja Gutierrez, a Spaniard who is an artist, musician, member of the band The Fruhstucks as well as a host of the radio show Rational Anthem at dublab.es. His scintillating version is a blizzard of electronic and guitar riffs, whirring machine sounds and stormy atmospheres all underpinned by jumbled drums. It is one to get your whole body on edge and is a potent and powerful brew.
The excellent original version of ‘Motor of Love’ is a freeform synth jam with lines that gurgle and bubble about, changing shape and pattern before your very ears. The soft rubber drums progressively sweep you up and a distant mix of watery sounds, whispery vocals and dark acid slowly come to the fore so things end up in a very different place from where they start.

We chatted to him about the release, his inspirations and his songwriting process


Hi there, how are you and what are you up to today?
I’m very good thanks, it’s very sunny as usual in LA and I’m going to the studio

To those not familiar with you, how would you describe your sound?
Dark Electronic Techno Music

What are the 5 albums that have influenced you the most?
1 - Altern 8 - Full On Mass Hysteria
2 - Soft Cell -  Tainted Love
3 - Aphex Twin - The Selected Ambient Works 85 / 92
4 - Madonna - Blue
5 - LFO - LFO

Which other artists are you into at the moment and why?
Poor Grrrl, Maxwell Sterling, Johnny Jewel, Big Thief, Maud Geffray, Mark Pritchard, Turbotito, Sutja Gutierrez..
Those guys seems bringing me a right definition of modern music..

Are there any key pieces of equipment that you are using to define your sound?
We used for a long time with Scratch Massive plug ins etc..selling all our vintage equipment. But since 5 years we are back with full analog environment and inside this family back in the studio, the Sequential Circuit Pro One and Roland JP6 are the ones made our sound the sound we want, period!

What would you say some of the challenges artists face today in the music industry?
Too many artists!

Where do you gather songwriting inspiration?
I moved from Paris to LA and it changed a lot of things in music and the one we do with Maud Geffray for Scratch Massive. My inspiration comes now from the big space, the large infinity, the mountains surrounding on of the largest city of the world, you can see far, high and this do change our perception of making music, giving more time and space in it..

Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting your music together?
Not really, it comes how it comes, I make the sequencers rolling together and try to find a melody or mood from them to start to build something with it..But there is no special order to get to this point.

What’s the best gig you have ever done and why?
I think it is the Gay Pride stage for the finale at Place de La Republique in Paris in 2015 after all the terrorism attacks, the place was full of 20000 people and it was incredibly touching to see all of them were strong and full of dignity with no fear, just pure joy!

And the worst?
Kyoto in Japan, small club, too much fog from humidity, all the people drunked as they could t stand on their feet, man walking on a girl in the toilet, the girl so drunk couldn t say a word, dancefloor with no vision, bad ambience,  I like trash but that was beyond trash, it was boring apocalyptic ...

If you weren't a musician what would you be?
Movie director or wine maker

Where do you see the future of recorded music heading? Into more and more collaborative artistic spaces, mixing sounds and visuals, etc? In your eyes, what does the music industry NEED most of all?
I mean we are already much in further place that I could excepted 10 years ago. Technology is going so fast that you have crazy gears for everyone, the music communications between old synth and modern environment is not anymore a trouble, we have every possible we could need with us. So to be honest I don t what else we could get too anymore. It is also like for everything else so much new stuff coming it is hard to keep following.. saying that, today everybody can record and have a super studio for nothing and have a huge sound.
Then it opens a lot of new windows for artists, we can mix video and music, we can color grade ourselves, mixing music, we are so much surrounded by technology that things became more easier, we can now produce a record from A to Z, including in house music videos, artwork, design etc…
I see a lot of music producers recently directing their own videos, I think Its great because you can really developing your art with all the angles possible you wanted to reach.

Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects or gigs in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
We will release in the next 6 months on our label bORDEL a new ep of Turbotito called " Different" with remixes of Kasper Bjorke & Gemini Brothers, our first compilation called "moRtel" with only LA based artists, new single of Scratch Massive, Turbotito first solo album and more to come....

Finally, how are you feeling about 2017? How do you think musicians have been affected by the uncertainty and upheaval the world is experiencing right now? 
We are living in a strange mode of life, its been very hard in Europe, and in particular my own country France. Its not easy, it does put tension between people.
I'm living n LA, the mood is very chill and its very a big contrast when I go back to Europe now and I understand totally, I have been there when severals attacks happened..
Music always been a refuge for escaping and protesting in the same time, it what we do and we always do!

Tracklist:
1.    Motor Of Love - C.A.R.'s Asleep At The Wheel (Live Take)
2.    Motor Of Love (Sutja Gutierrez remix)
3.    Motor Of Love

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