Exclusive Interview: French DJs Make A Pitstop In America
Meet Busy P, Boston Bun, Superpoze, and Jacques!INTERVIEW
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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!