INTERVIEW WITH FRANCK VALAT
The Zoo:Technique Special countinous and also the interviews go on. This week we get some impressions of the Frensh producer and Zoo:Technique crew member Franck Valat. You will also find a free give away from Franck inside this interview. We also review the last year of Franck´s Dj life.
Hello Frank thanks for talking to us. Now it’s the end of March but we like to know , how do you reflect back on 2013? What lessons do you take into the new year and did you had a very special moment you still remember?
Hello ! 2013 has been an interesting year with many new collaborations and new colours in my productions. During past years, I’ve worked with many labels, but I realized that focusing on just a few would be better for more productive and effective collaborations. That’s why I’m working now with less labels trying to get closer to them and to my colours. I lived a lot of great moments last year, and one of them was seeing Gravite growing up. The label is managed by my friend Bruno Sacco with whom I’ve worked with many times by the past. We are six producers working on common projects as often as we can, by the way of « Gravite RMX series » or the very exiting « Anomalie series ». Each of us has its own approach of Techno, making each release different from the past one. Very exciting !
What does 2014 hold for you and your musical pursuits? Are there any big plans or is it business as usual?
As you probably understood, Gravite will be a big part of it. I also began a new collaboration with Singapore-based label Electrocaïne. We work together on my Hip-Hop side-project under the nickname « CLSR ». At the moment it’s about remixes of Golden age rap songs and production of original instrumentals.
I’m currently working on remixes for other Hip-Hop and Trip-Hop artists which will be out in the upcoming months. Concurrently, I’m working on different projects for Patrick Bateman’s label, Tic Tac Toe. Patrick does a great job since so many years. I’m very happy to work with him! And two new Eps are coming on Zoo:Technique. Our collab for my two first releases on their imprint has been great. The guys are nice and professional, and our colours fit to each other, so keep sending them my last works was obvious to me!
The first volume is available here for free http://electrocaine.bandcamp.com/album/clsremixes-vol-1
Since when are you involved in electronic music and when was the point of breakthrough which let you become professional?
I began spinning in clubs in the late 90’s, and it was awesome. There were so many nice places in Paris. I was also producing some house and deep-house tracks, keeping them in my computer, considering they weren’t interesting enough to be sent to labels. In 2008, I sent my first demo to few labels and signed my first Ep entitled « The 3 breathes Ep »with Polar Noise. If by « professional » you mean being brave enough to send my music to the world, I probably became professional in 2008!
Do you have a residency Club you play regular?
I had many clubs residencies, but going to work, doing the same thing in the same place didn’t match with my personality and my approach to the music, so I stopped all of them a long time ago!
What’s your favorite producing tool and do you also use hardware for your productions?
352Korg Electribe MX EMX-1Ableton live is my favorite toy, I play with it everyday ! I have an Electribe MX (the blue one) I barely use, a Voicelive touch I’m in love with, and an Akai MPK25 keyboard. I’m not really comfortable with hardware because of all the settings they require. And I’m not a good technician. However, some of my friends are very good ones and I’m always impressed seeing them working on seven machines at a time!
Do current, contemporary sounds and styles influence you in the studio? Or would you describe it as a timeless working environment?
I’m influenced by everything I see, hear, smell, feel, and despite myself, contemporay sounds also influence me. I just express all of that with my words, sounds and rhythms. I have to say that I like the way emotions can be transfered into electronic music today thanks to extraordinary machines and technicians. And it would be a waste not to be influenced and to use technical evolutions.
How do you spend your time between your gigs when you Travel?
Mainly producing, doing a bit of sport, going to art exhibitions, playing video games, and trying to to see my friends and family as often as I can.
Do you have a particular gig in the winter/spring season you are looking forward to?
Last year, I spent my time producing and working on different projects, I unfortunatly didn’t have time to deal with gigs. Maybe it’s time to find a great agent!
What’s your favorite tune from the last months you constantly play in your DJ sets?
That one is a bit older but I love it, and I play it very often: J-Hazzrd – Momma told me. It’s a very House tainted tune, and it always works very well!