Exclusive Interview: French DJs Make A Pitstop In America

Meet Busy P, Boston Bun, Superpoze, and Jacques!

By Francois Nepveu-Salem - Mar 14, 2016
We interviewed four French producers and DJs about American EDM, live music, and more after their masterclass at the FIAF about the French Touch, plus watch a video of Jacques performing at Bandsintown HQ Pre-SXSW 2016 mixer. Meet Busy P, Boston Bun, Superpoze, and Jacques!

Whenever a group of electronic music producers get together in a room, it's a good chance to ask them all what they think of the current state of their genre, and what their live sets entail.

Lucky for us, Busy P (Owner of Ed Banger: founded in 2003 in Paris with a 12-artist roster that embodies French Touch 2.0.), Boston Bun (Club DJ that first started mixing in clubs several years ago in Paris, signed by Busy P in 2012), Superpoze (recently created his own label, Combien Mille, to release his debut album Opening), and Jacques (a newcomer on the scene who released his first EP in March 2015) stopped by New York City last week for French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)’s CinéSalon program EDM Anthems: French Touch on Film.

We had the chance to chat with the electronic music mavens while they were in town! Read our interview below, then check out an exclusive video of Jacques performing at Bandsintown HQ—his entire DIY set features unlikely instruments and unconventional beat-making methods.

Photo by Sasha Arutyunova

Superpoze, you and Jacques are the only two here who play live sets. What do you think are the advantages of a live set compared to a DJ set?

Superpose: Fundamentally my music is not made for clubs. I do not compose for clubs. The album that I released, it is everything but interesting to play it as a DJ set. And I am a musician at the core. I did the music conservatory when I was young. I did percussions and piano and I always had bands. I didn’t mixed at all, I didn’t go to clubs. I made electronic music because it was my method of solo composition. For me doing a live set is natural. I find that more interesting for my music.

What are the weirdest objects you have brought onstage to play with?

Jacques: A short time ago, I used to ask people that came to my show to bring objects so that I could improvise on it during the show. One time I remember someone brought an ironing table and it was great! Otherwise I have also played with bikes and water.

 

After the New York premiere of the Daft Punk Unchained documentary, you were talking about how all concerts are the same with a performer and two speakers. How do you think that will change or revolutionize in the coming years?

Superpoze: This is really a fight for me. It is on diffusion systems of sound, it is not really a technical thing because I am not really an audiophile. I don’t understand that a concert has still the same format as 50 or 60 years earlier. In a club you have sophisticated diffusion systems all throughout the club but sometimes you have big balance problems. It happened to me to do a DJ set in a concert hall and there is nothing more annoying than this because there is no pure performance on stage. The people are sentenced to listen to two speakers and to just look at you. I think that in electronic live sets it would be interesting to think at new systems because they exist. It is more reserved for experimental music. There are groups that tour that do that, for example La Colonie de Vacances. I saw them once, it is a rock nice group. They have four little stages in the corners of the hall and the public is in the middle, it is in quadraphony.

And are you thinking that the American EDM movement will soon vanish?

Busy P: Not right now, when you see that they fill stadiums and festivals of 90,000 people. As still as there is money to be made it is not going to disappear. To predict the end of this is hard because it is a very lucrative business. Think that there are very talented people in business that will do anything to save that genre. It is more of a business thing than music.

Busy P | Photo by So Me

Do you think that French electronic exports itself as well as it did 15 years ago?

Busy P: Yes for sure. You realize that tonight we are in New York and there are four french DJs that are playing. When you look at the agenda of everyone, there are people playing in Germany or Great Britain. After the sales of albums and singles is another thing. The exportation of artists playing live or dj sets is doing very well. It was bit of Daft Punk’s role to open the door for the future generation.

We did an interview with Rone two months ago, and as you know he comes from the cinema world. Do you think that your background helps you visualize your music before composing it? Do you have an idea of a music video when composing the track?

Boston Bun: Yes for a time, I took the time to do a visual adaption of all my tracks. I could do the track and then think of the music video. One time for the track Highland Park, I found a documentary on Detroit and there was a guy on youtube that had a lot of images from the 90’s. I contacted him and he sent me a lot of videos of house party and I did the track at the same time as I did the music.

Boston Bun | Photo by Karl Hab

Do you think that live sets have their space in nightclubs?

Superpose: Yes I believe that live sets hold their space in clubs for sure. It’s just that my music is formatted for concerts. My live tour was really a tour that was played in concert halls with an opening band and me coming on around 9:30 or 10.

What do you do when you are not touring?

Busy P: I do everything so that these “knuckleheads” tour, and me, I am at the office. I am the boss of a label so I do anything in music. What makes the adventure funny is that I am still not sick of what I am doing today. I had done a funny comparison the other day, I am like a taxi driver, I don’t know where I am going even though I have a general direction I am going in.

Watch Jacques perform at Bandsintown HQ below, then Track Jacques and Superpoze so you can catch a live set by the musicians when they're in your town!

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Francois Nepveu-Salem

The first show I ever went to was Justice and Chromeo in New York when I was 13. My favorite show that I went to this year was Time Warp, I had the occasion to witness sets from Apollonia, Recondite, Sven Vath and Tale of Us. My favorite foods include Chipotle, raclette and fondue. I am currently studying sound engineering in New York.

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