1. Favourite knob or fader or switch on a piece of gear and why?
I’m in love with the “repetition” knob (in French on the device) of my Redson EC25. It turns most chord progressions into space travel. The result can be extremely soft, with ethereal echoes, or very violent with destructive feedback. I use this (very lofi and cheap by the way) echo chamber as an instrument in its own right.
2. Do you have an ‘almost’ perfect bit of kit? What would you change?
I don’t have ONE perfect kit, I like to navigate between my different devices. I will consider a perfect kit for one week before using another exclusive for the next. That’s what I like and that makes me never get bored.
3. What setup do you bring on holiday or tour or commute etc.
I like to travel with the Arturia Microfreak because it is small, light and runs on usb battery. And when my children give me permission, I use their Nintendo 3DS with the Korg DSN12 program, which is a surprising emulation of the Korg MS10. I also bring a Sony TCM200 tape recorder to play with the different playback speeds. And of course on my Zoom H5 to record.
4. What software do you wish was hardware and vice versa?
I would love to have the equivalent of Arturia’s “Fragments” plugin in pedal format. It’s a very inspiring granular processor, which can totally change a drum beat or a synth pad. I don’t use it as much as I would like because the computer is almost completely absent from my creative process now.
On the other hand, I haven’t found an echo plugin as dirty as my Redson EC25, all the space echo emulations that I have tested sound much too clean, even with an old tape simulation. So I would say a cheap tape echo plugin.
5. Is there anything you regret selling… or regret buying?
I have a love-hate relationship with the Arturia Minibrute (MKI), which I’ve bought, sold and repurchased several times. So I would say it is perfect to answer the 2 questions haha.
6. What gear has inspired you to produce the most music?
It’s hard to choose between my Fostex X14, which introduced me to the world of tape looping, and between the Arturia microfreak which allows me to compose outdoors, whether in the forest or on the top of a mountain.
I have the Fostex for 18 years, and the Microfreak for 2 months. This makes me happy because I think there are always new things to discover and explore.
7. If you had to start over, what would you get first?
I think I would take a Mac and a UAD interface directly. I lost too much time with the computer, with my current system I almost forget it.
8. What’s the most annoying piece of gear you have, that you just can’t live without?
Except my computer, nothing bothers me yet !
9. Most surprising tip or trick or technique that you’ve discovered about a bit of kit?
I recently discovered that with a tape multitrack recorder like my Fostex I could play tapes recorded on normal devices in reverse mode. Combined with the different tape speeds, it’s pure happiness !
Artist or Band name?
Euuuh… Lofi, Trip Hop, Ambient ?
Where are you from?
I live in a small village in the south east of France
How did you get into music?
I started at the age of 12 with the bass, then with the guitar.
What still drives you to make music?
I like exploring new sounds, traveling and letting myself be carried away. It’s my main way of expressing myself.
How do you most often start a new track?
I start most of the time on my acoustic piano, even if I don’t know how to play it. I like the fact that there’s no need to turn it on, it’s even faster than plug and play!
How do you know when a track is finished?
NEVER ! I stop working on it at some point in order to move on. Releasing EPs on the platforms allows me to say to myself “it’s over, I’m not touching it anymore!”. Otherwise I’ll still be working on it…
Show us your current studio
Best creative advice that you’ve ever heard?
Put your phone in airplane mode.
Promote your latest thing… Go ahead, throw us a link.
Here is my latest EP : https://stegonaute.bandcamp.com/album/freefall
and my YouTube Channel
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