With the release of his first singles the French producer blends haunting melodies with Glitch Hop flavoured sounds and makes it clear that he is here to stay.
- Please introduce yourself
Hello, my name is ZEKKE and I’m a French music producer, mixing electronic music with some hip-hop influences.
- Describe your sound in 3 words
I would say melodic, volatile and airy
- Do you have a clear idea of what you want to create before you even go into your studio?
Most of the time I don’t have a clear idea of what I’m going to do, I go in search of sounds that will inspire me and give a guideline to the song. After that also depends on how I feel at the moment, there are songs that I start without knowing where they are going to end, but I’m sure of the emotion that I want to convey. Anyway, in general, I don’t like to plan my music too much I find the result too forced when I try to really create a song by having a precise idea of the different elements that will build it. I like to be surprised by the sounds and instruments, I imagine the conception of a song a bit like doors that lead to different places, all I need to do next is find how to bring these different places together.
- If you had to choose one Synthesizer (analog or digital) which one would it be?
I have a particular attachment to the Korg MS-20 simply because this is the first synthesizer I had and it has, during some time, defined a part of my sound. I think it has been the gateway for me to the sound of analog synthesizers. Oddly enough, I haven’t used it so much on my last songs.
- When it comes to live perfomance, is realistically Electronika a genre that can be performed live?
This is a very good question, I think it depends on the vision that everyone attaches to the live performance. Personally, I have never really considered electronica scene through the prism of live performance, I think that unfortunately you can quickly arrive at a very cold result on stage. But nowadays live performances are evolving and, for example, some specific genre of electronic music like ambient music have managed to find their place in live performances close to those of classical music. So I think that the subject is not ready to be closed, even more with the improvement of technologies in music which make the transition from studio to live easier.
- Your music has a very melodic sound. In which place or state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?
It’s kind of funny because I don’t really imagine people listening to my music in a certain state. On the contrary, I like the idea of having my music blending into everyday life, even if it means going into the background. I think that this the melodic aspect of my music that brings that kind of soundtrack feeling. I mostly imagine people listening to my music at certain times in their lives as a kind of film musical theme rather than in a specific mental state.
- Which is your favourite Electronic album of all time?
I think I can not pick one album and say that this is my favorite electronic music album, but among all my loved records there is necessarily Drukqs from Aphex Twin. It is an album which marked me from the first listening. I felt like I was accessing something I was looking for without even knowing it. Even today the album seems so fluid and simple to me despite its obvious complexity. It was the album that made me understand that it was sounds, textures, melodies, etc … which should guide the music without necessarily enclosing them in precise musical rules of genres, duration or others.
In itself, It may seem very simplistic as an idea wanting to mix completely unstructured drum breaks with ambient tones all at 250 bpm but in the end when you listen to the result it sounds as if it were obvious, as if these sounds had always been made to meet themselves. On this album, I have the feeling to hear someone having fun with the toys he has and there is nothing more alive musically.
- If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
I would like to see the programming system change in concert halls. Electronic music is an extremely vast music with an enormous number of sub-genres which have difficulty in existing because room managers do not want to or cannot take risks. We come to a point where we only create musical tendencies. It’s very bad for music in general, it creates a kind of musical hole in which everyone is rushing in because this is the only way to gain some exposure. In the end, we arrive at a time when we exploit a musical genre to the end for 2-3-4 years while leaving at the same time on the side dozens of other genres. Even if things evolve positively with concert places that open up to more eclectic programming in terms of genres, many clubs are still confined to what provides them with the most revenue.
- When was the last time you danced?
Confinement being finished for 3 weeks now in France I had the chance to dance a bit2-3 days ago, even if « dancing », given my very limited talents in terms of dance, is a big word. Let’s say that I moved my body a bit randomly.
- One last thing we should know about you?
Nothing really specific. I released a small video on Saturday May 30th to accompany my last song “Entre Nous” and I am currently working on a few songs to maybe lead to an 3-5 tracks EP.
- Thank you Zekke!