The French-born, Berlin-based DJ, producer and Dame-Music label owner
Interview: Ljubov Dzuznhynska
Photo: Fernanda Mattos
What do you sacrifice for your art?
The main thing I sacrifice for my art is time. I moved from my native country 15 years ago, which meant moving away from my family and friends. Since then I haven’t found as much time as I would like to go back there to celebrate occasions like Christmas, New Year’s, etc.. as I’ve always been traveling and performing somewhere else.
What is beauty to you and how do you integrate it into your work? Does your perception of beauty differ over time?
Ah, you should have asked me about passion instead of beauty if you want to know how I integrate it into my work.
What have you learned for the past 10 years for the Dame-Music label professionally and personally? What’s the philosophy behind it?
After 10 years, it’s a great feeling to know that with each release I’m always continuing to learn. The label grows with me, the fact that I’m producing music helps me to easier decide which artists I sign or who I want to work with in the future.
Looking back at your music journey, is there a specific time you reminisce about the most?
Back in March this year, I was on the way to the USA to perform for the weekend when the borders got shut due to the initial COVID-19 outbreak. Since then, I’ve been using this valuable time to work a lot on music and to take care of my health. I practice yoga and go to the gym as often as I can. I’ve been learning a lot of different things over the past few months and I’m getting ready for a better future.
What was on your mind when working on this two-part vinyl release? Did you face any personal changes in the process?
When I started working on the 10-year anniversary project of my label Dame-Music back in September 2019, the plan was to release a double vinyl in June 2020. We had confirmed a whole series of label nights around the world to coincide with the June release. Once the pandemic hit, I decided to push the release date back to September and October 2020 and to split it across two separate vinyl. I’m more than happy that the releases have received a warm welcome and that people are still buying and supporting vinyl these days.
What role does criticism play for you?
Criticism is good when it’s constructive, especially when it comes from people I love.
What is next in your journey?
I’m spending time in my studio where I’m working on a completely new Live set. I love having the time to learn new tricks in the lab and to go in different directions with my music. I also need to finish a couple of projects for other labels. Apart from this, I’ve been working on the release schedule for Dame-Music for next year, so I’ll be able to share a bit more about that in the coming months. I’m also really excited to be part of ADE again this year. I will speak on a panel in Amsterdam and we also recorded a special feature about my vinyl collection here in Berlin.
Does your life have a particular meaning for you at this time in comparison to the past?
At the current time, the word freedom resonates with me a lot.
It’s important not to take everything we had in the past for granted.
What art piece (book, painting, music, poem, film…) resonates with you at this moment in life the most? Why?
This year I became very interested in health and nutrition.
I decided it’s best to look for ways to limit my chances of getting sick, and one way to do that is by choosing what I put on my plate each day.
I read a lot of books and am curious about the latest dietary findings. You can check the Medical Medium series by Anthony William.
What kinds of questions are you asking yourself?
Which country will I live in in the future?
Will a vaccine for Covid-19 be made obligatory for traveling?
Will AI take over the world one day?
How can we encourage people to be more respectful of one another?
Could you highlight your favorite fairy tale and explain why it was your favorite? \
As a little girl, I loved everything about Snow White.
What are you most proud of?
That I was able to fight and overcome illness.
What’s the most memorable question you’ve ever been asked in your life? Not necessarily in interviews, just in life. And why did it come to mind?
The most memorable question was: Will you marry me?
I’m married to the best human on earth and I’m grateful every day to have my soul mate by my side.
What question would you like to be asked in an interview and what would your answer be?
Which platform is the best way to support artists and buy their music these days?
It’s Bandcamp, without a doubt!