Oniris Interview

 •  3


Hi Xavier, I’m glad to ask you some questions for Differentgrooves.com
Hi, thank you for your support :)

– Can you briefly describe your musical background and how you entered in contact with electronic music?
All through my childhood we used to listen to jazz, soul & funk music at home (and I still do!). Electronic music came later, in the mid 90’s when I began to party with friends. Luckily, we had a club where they programed only Detroit Techno, Chicago House & European Techno and I was so excited to go there every weekend to discover the new tracks that the DJ played. Then, I bought a set of Technics 1200s and started my 12” record collection.

– What do you think about the electronic music and clubbing scene in France?
I think there are many interesting producers in France at the moment and they export their music and release tracks on great international labels. For most of the people, France is about that “French touch”, but it’s much more than that. For the clubbing scene, it’s a bit difficult for me to have an opinion about it because it’s been 5 years since I left the metropolis. From what I can read on the Internet, clubs where I used to go have closed, but there are some new and interesting festivals.

– The way your sound became popular is already known and also reported in your biography, but what can you tell us about how your relationship with Bedrock and John Digweed developed?
Even although the track was supported by Laurent Garnier when I decided to find a label to release “The Rebirth” it was difficult for me, because if you have no track on Beatport and if your name is unknown, when you post your music to labels using dropbox or emails, you have a very few chances to get feedback on it. But I knew that Ian O’Donovan played the track, so I contacted him and he sent the track for me to Bedrock. John Digweed loved it and wanted to sign it on Bedrock for WMC 2013 in Miami. I’ve never met John or anyone at Bedrock because I’m too far from England, but I’ve heard his kind words about me on his radio show and I want to thank him for that. My relationship with the label is really good. They have done a great job to promote my release and I really appreciate how professional they are.

– Some self-criticims: today electronic music is saturated with too many tracks, releases, pseudo albums etc. Did you ever think that in your musical spotlight process that “luck” takes its part? And also, how can you define your production style?
I think that “luck” plays a part when your time has come, but before that it’s a long process to produce good music and to find your own style. For me, it’s been 10 years now that I’m producing techno (even if it hasn’t always been really good!) so you have to be patient and have faith in what you do. I’m producing melodic techno and it’s been a long time that this style is not the main one, especially after all the years of minimal techno. But, if you stay honest with yourself and make tracks that you like, maybe someone else will like them too!

– Is anything new forthcoming in the next months you want to tell us about?
I keep on producing new tracks and I know Laurent Garnier already loves some of them, so I think new releases will come soon…

– Thank you for having spent the time to let our readers know more about your music and thoughts!

Interview by Matteo Pitton

Further info

Leave a comment