Parisian DJ, producer, and founder of the Elixyr Records music label
Interview: Elena Savlokhova
What excites you the most in what you do?
I’m aware every day that I live from my music, that’s what motivates me every day to produce and I think that’s the most important thing, to be fulfilled in what we do, and I am.
What’s really exciting is the process between creating a song, and playing that same song live in front of hundreds of people, getting their reactions, interacting with them, and offering them a unique moment.
What is the enemy of creativity and how do you overcome it?
I don’t really have any problems in terms of inspiration, obviously, you can’t be ultra-productive every day and that’s normal. I would say what sometimes blocks me in my creativity would be the technical side, blocking on an element that I would like to sound different. When it happens to me, often I realize it quickly and change projects instantly, move on to something else to focus my creativity elsewhere, and put it to good use without wasting time. If I stay on the project struggling to make an element of the track sound a way I would like, inspiration and creativity will be replaced by concentration and technicality, which I think is counter-productive in the process of creating a piece.
Could you describe the best or most memorable gig you’ve ever performed?
I’ve had a lot of gigs and very good memories, I really couldn’t mention just one. Each gig is a different experience.
Do you feel an obligation that your new work should be better than everything you’ve done before?
I don’t see it as an obligation but as a logic that I apply.
Every day we gain experience, we work, we try more or less different things, which necessarily leads to an artistic and technical evolution.
What was your first significant music memory?
When I was young, around the age of 9, I wanted to learn the guitar, so I went to the conservatory to learn how to read scores, understand notes and music in addition to guitar lessons. It was, for me, the first real enriching experience concerning music in general.
What disappoints you the most in your field of activity at the moment?
If you mean during this period of the coronavirus, what saddens me the most is the total indifference of the governments towards clubs, artists, and all the professions touching the music culture. We have to manage in the shadows, absolutely nobody talks about the sector of the nightlife (at least in France we are completely ignored). As if it wasn’t a “real” job. What disappoints me the most is clearly the lack of consideration from the authority.
How would you describe the philosophy and aesthetic behind your new EP ‘Venom’?
Looking back and listening to my tracks again, I realize that the sequence of the tracks completely reflects the evolution of my state of mind over the last few months (especially concerning the coronavirus, which has greatly impacted us all).
Firstly, with “Assassin’s Walk”, which would describe my mistrust towards everything that was happening at the beginning, if I should believe it or not, a rather heavy atmosphere where one asks oneself questions, moments of floating that would characterize my doubts.
In the second track, we find “Topaz”, which would describe my anger once I finally understood what was going on. A banger of rage and total denial.
Next comes “Venom”, one already feels more distant from the situation, an atmosphere that is certainly burdensome but above all motivating, like a kind of military march to re-motivate oneself and regain strength, even when injured.
Then “Light Enchantment” represents acceptance, peace with myself having found my spirits again, calm, and motivation that makes me put my feet back on the ground. Like a breath of fresh air to come to my senses and turn the page.
Do you have a specific goal you want to reach?
My motivation lies in the fact that I do what I love, which leads me to want to keep and especially evolve in my situation, whether it is artistically and we will not hide it, financially, to be able to live properly.
My goals are natural, the instinct of survival in this modern world!
What is the best compliment you’ve ever heard?
It’s not really a compliment, but something that touched me. I have a fan that I’ve seen a few times at events with her boyfriend, who had a brain tumor (she’s fine now). Her boyfriend contacted me to send him a message of support, which I did, the least I could do. He was so grateful and told me that he had no doubt that I would do it. And I was extremely pleased that he told me that because it means that I am able to express what I want to give to people, trust, and loyalty.
Out of all the artists you’ve met, who struck you the most in terms of personality?
I will say Amelie Lens, who always remains positive and full of energy no matter what, and that she manages to transcribe everything on stage when she performs.
Kobosil also whom I met briefly 2 or 3 times, calm but very confident, with the aim of destroying the dancefloor ahah.
How far do you want technology to evolve and is there a specific technology that you anticipate the most?
I don’t really keep up with all the new technological advancements.
To tell the truth, I’m a bit afraid of technological evolution in general, I think we’re becoming more and more dehumanized but to the benefit of what? “Evolution” is a subjective term in my opinion.
What impressed you the most when you were growing up?
My parents, I was born in France 2 years after their arrival, having fled the ex-Yugoslavia. It was a very difficult time for them and I never lacked anything. What impressed me was their ability to adapt, find stability, and evolve while learning the language. I find them very courageous and I am inspired by it every day.
What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received?
To stop making music ahah.
What have you learned through AIROD both on a personal and professional level?
I stopped my studies to devote myself 100% to my musical project “AIROD”. It means that I make music every day without exception, sometimes day and night, to evolve and forge myself artistically. I got used to working all the time, devoting all my time to production. I learned a lot of things pretty quickly, and I still have a lot to learn. But from what I’m learning now, it’s to let go a little bit and not devote all my time only to music and the professional side, and to find time for myself and the people I love.
What question would you like to be asked in an interview and what would your answer be?
‘Do you like interviews?’
Not really but I know it’s important ahah.