It’s been a pretty good January for us this year, we’ve seen Mr C finally unleashed in our Room One, the mysterious Redshape turned the club upside down and the triumphant return of Tyrant last weekend. Now, we catch up with Parisian producer, Seuil who’s due at the club this final January weekend in Room One alongside Re.You, Tobias and the mighty Tiefschwarz. Fresh from a break in his home island paradise he fill us in on the busy year ahead and treats us a to a mix for us that is typically Seuil - house music full of life and diversity from disco to 2 step shake ups.
Hey Seuil, how are you? How’s your winter been?
Great, thanks. Winter was cold for sure but only until New Year ’s Day when I left Paris and joined my family for 2 weeks’ vacation at La Reunion - the island I come from in Indian Ocean. I hadn't been there for 6 years so it was weird to go back, loads of things have change, but I was happy the "roots vibes" are still there. It was a big change for me after 5 or 6 years working 7 days a week, without any real break from the music industry.
I think it was a necessary break, I needed some fresh air as I signed 4 or 5 news EPs during the last few months, worked on a new label project with my buddy Le Loup and just started to work on my second album which will be released on my friends’ label Circus Company. The album is going to be really different and more hip hop/new house oriented, with slow motion grooves and melancholic melodies. Plus I’m trying to use my own voice recording and lots of different things.
It’s the last Freak n Chic at fabric next Friday a label you’ve released on, how does it feel that it’s coming to an end?
First it’s a real pity, after working for years on a project with ideas, making a name and getting the acknowledgment of the scene, they get ripped off by some people without any creative skills but with big ego problems who wanted to shut down the label, in a way to affect all of us. "You can kill the dreamer but you can't kill the dream" like Dr. King said, if the label was "the dream,” then our desire to make our "underground house music" is unshakeable. We have an amazing team working on the LOLA ED agency actually, to keep it alive and to maintain a great cohesion. And if we talk about the future, Dyed, Dan & Shonky are working on a new label project to pursue the work initiated with Freak 'n Chic and to consider future prospects, which is exciting!
To you have a favourite memory of Freak n Chic you’d like to share with us?
We had lots of great parties with the team, but there are 2 events which are memorable for me. First is the night in Panorama Bar at the end of 2009 with the Highgrade family where I played live. The night was never-ending and the club was almost packed from Saturday night until early Monday morning. It was a night full of fun, sharing and crazyness.
The other great moment was last summer at DC 10 in Ibiza on Dyed’s birthday. That day almost all the team was on the island to play Circoloco. It was important to Dan to bring all of us there and it was huge!
Can you tell us about your own label Eklo, the artists and inspiration behind you founding it?
Yeah Eklo is really important to me, I'm very picky on what I choose to release on it, it's kind of a personal, 'intimate" label. Even if it's mostly 4/4 music, I use it to release more deep and weird music, not necessarily something I'm gonna play out, but something that I can listen at home and in the club. I don't want to just put out purely dancefloor music. I just put out what I really like.
As far as inspirations go I'm a big fan of Perlon and I'm really inspired by all the music released on it. I’ve bought all the records since the start. In fact that changed a lot my vision of this music. There are also artists like Villalobos, Pantytec and Matthew Dear who used to produce some "modern, living-room-techno," the kind of music you can listen at home or in the club but sounds different in each situation. Then, a large part of my inspiration comes from my friends and artists evolving around me like dOP and Le Loup, or those I would like to sign. Eklo is a young label, I'm not pretending to invent anything, I’m just trying to sound different.
How’s it been running a label as well as finding time make your own music?
I really enjoy working like this. Music takes most of my time, I need a full time working week to keep the momentum up and listening to new stuff, searching for new music and discovering artists is a big source of inspiration for making "club" music.
What’s on the agenda for Eklo in 2011? And for Seuil?
Regarding the label, release number 018 just came out a few weeks ago, a collab I did with dOP including a great remix from Visionquest. The next one is going to be from my bud Le Loup. We’re actually just polishing up his first solo EP on Eklo, as we also teamed up for one track on that. I'm so happy and excited about this one and I hope you will be too.
What else... I'm working with Sety from Circus Company on a very special project - we’re twinning both Eklo & Circus Company to release a new artist named Aquarius Heaven. Firstly there’ll be an EP out around spring time with the album to follow at the end of 2011. There’s another really exciting project for Eklo this year too, Le loup and I are going to launch a new imprint called "Hold Youth." It will be a vinyl only label and will release a wide range of tracks from hip hop, house, to disco or dubstep or anything we’ll like. We’ve got several some EPs coming out in the first part of 2011, then some tracks on Circus Company, Supplements Facts, a double A side on Hello Repeat and very soon an EP on Ultrastrech, the new label Sammy Dee's launched.
And finally my new album, still in progress...
Can you tell us what’s in your record bag this January?
Sure, here’s my January chart:
1. MARGARET DYGAS - HOW DO YOU DO LP - POWERSHOVEL AUDIO
2. MATTHEW BURTON - WHO LOVES YOU - ULTRASTERCH
3 . MATTHEW DEAR - LITTLE PEOPLE-BLACK CITY (SASCHA DIVE RMX)-SPECTRAL
4. ROLANDO - DE CAGO - OSTGUT TON
5. NICOLAS JAAR - SPACE IS ONLY NOISE AS YOU CAN SEE - CIRCUS COMPANY
6. DOP - AFTER PARTY (LE LOUP REMIX) - LIFE AND DEATH
7. SCHERMATE 11 - SIDE A - SCHERMATE
8. PAWEL - CRILLON (PATRICE SCOTT RMX) - DIAL
9. FALKO BROCKSIEPER - CHANGELING - SUBSTATIC
10. FRANCK ROGER - EGOTRIPPIN - DESOLAT