Hi Ian and Benjamin, welcome to the 5 shoot interview for differentgrooves.com!
1. Briefly, can you tell us about your musical background and your first approaches to electronic music?
Ian: When I was younger, I was mainly into rock but really got interested in electronic music firstly from hearing bands like the Prodigy and DJs like Carl Cox and Laurent Garnier. It was in the late 90’s, Laurent was live on the radio from Berlin and he was playing stuff like I had never heard before… techno but with real soul. I was hooked.
Ben: Like Ian, I was more into rock when I was younger. But quickly, electronic music came to my ears. I was living in the north of France, and it was easy to hear about raves and techno due to the proximity of Belgium.
At the end of the 90’s, I put on my first parties in the crowd in Belgium, with artists such as Jeff Mills, Dave Clarke and Laurent Garnier, who gave to me the envy to buy my 1st SL1200 and 12 inch.
2. When did you start to produce your own songs and which are your main sources of inspiration?
Ian: I started messing about with Reason about 10 years ago. Very slowly, I taught myself, but it wasn’t until about 5 or 6 years ago when I began using better equipment that it came together. But I take inspiration from many places. Many different types of music influence me as well as film etc.
Ben: When I moved from the north to central France for my first job, I decided to work on my first songs. It was at the end of 2007, after a few years of DJing. I taught myself, and after a few months of work, I was sending two tracks to Laurent Garnier. What a fucking surprise when he was announced to me: hey Ben, your tracks are really great; I want to play them in my gigs and in my radio show! My inspiration is mainly in the roots of the techno – of course Detroit, but also Chicago or Berlin. Finally, I don’t have one inspiration though, and I’m also a big fan of more experimental musical trips. I like to take inspiration in it!
3. What’s the story behind your release, the “Dual EP”, on Electronical Reeds?
Ian: I think it was Ben who had the idea. We thought it would be cool to remix each other’s tracks and release them on an EP. From my end, I really liked Ben’s track and enjoyed doing the remix. The Electronical Reeds guys liked the tracks and that was that!
Ben: I was a fan of Ian’s work. And I quickly had the idea to work on a collaboration with him, which I thought would be very cool due to our respective musical universes. When we sent the tracks to Electronical Reeds, the guys said they wanted to release it, so we were both delighted!
4. What do you expect from your future releases?
Ian: I aim to keep developing my sound while also expanding my horizons musically…and hopefully people will still like it.
Ben: I expect a lot of nice releases, and I hope people are still into it! hahaha
5. Is anything new forthcoming in the next months you wanna tell us about?
Ian: I’ve got an EP on Christian Smith’s Tronic label, a collab with the Japanese Popstars under the alias ‘Soul Circuits’ on Sasha’s label as well as stuff for Connaisseur and remixes for Satoshi Fumi and Fabrice Lig. I’m also working on a live set for 2014 and gigging around the place as usual.
Ben: I’ve got an EP on John Digweed’s Bedrock label to come in February, called “Neighbours EP”. I wrote it with my mate Yann Lean. I’ve also got a remix to come on a new imprint called SSKmusic, with my mates Fabrice Lig, Oniris & Southsoniks. And my main project of 2014 is my first LP project. I’m still looking for a label with that one and I’ve received some proposals but nothing is signed off quite yet. I’ve also got a new live act that I debuted at I Love Techno in France last month.
Thank you for having spent the time to let our readers know more about your music and thoughts!