Following recent Get Some interviews with Roll Deep and People Just Do Nothing, we spoke to French producer Manaré about the differences between London and Paris’ music scenes, his latest release on ClekClekBoom and whose music he’s really into right now. Check out the interview below and be sure to cop the 12″, it has just come out today!
- Hi can you first tell us a bit about yourself and what you do apart from making music?
Hi, so my name is Manaré. I’m 20, been making music since I’m 14 and djing since I’m 17. I live in Paris (born & raised). Apart from making music, I co-design and do the communication for a brand called Noir Noir. I do quite a lot of sport (boxing, basketball, running …) and spend most of my time in the ClekClekBoom studio, making music and trying to keep the label going forward.
- How much DJing have you done in the UK? How does it differ to playing in Paris?
I haven’t played a lot in the UK. About 4 or 5 times in London and that’s pretty much it. It differs in the sense that there’s more people that actually know about music and our scene. People seem to actually give a shit, so it’s less posers and more passionate. It’s just all a cultural matter.
- How much do the two scenes differ in general? How far behind, if at all, would you say Paris is to London?
I don’t think Paris is behind, I just think the scene is focus on something else and way more divided. From where I stand, the London scene seems pretty united and going forward in one direction. Technically speaking, Paris is way more 4-4, as soon as you get a little shuffle-ish people tend to get lost and don’t really know how to process what they hear. Especially on a dance floor, but as I said before its a cultural matter.
Or for example when a little bar opens in Paris, sound systems is never a priority and even though it would be people would complain and the place would close really quickly. In London, no matter how small the place is, the sound always take the main place. We’re quite far behind in that perspective.
- Could you name a few Parisian artists we should be keeping an eye on?
Without just promote I’d say French Fries & Bambounou. I’m really proud and glad their my friends and i feel really lucky to work around such talented people.
- How would you describe the music you make and who are your main influences?
I never really liked this question haha. As I always say, defining is limiting so I try not to stick to anything and stay open.
- ClekClekBoom seem to be pushing a very ‘modern’ sound. Is that something you were wary of when writing these tunes? Presuming the release was written specifically for that label.
I don’t think we really got hold of what’s the ClekClekBoom sound yet. Its something that takes time to catch. Sharing (as much on the music side then on the human side) is what’s building and shaping our similitaries and our definition of music, modern or not.
- Favourite few releases of 2012?
Four Tet – Jupiter / Ocaras, Objekt – Cactus / Porcupine, Bambounou – Night / Brawl, Mike Q – Let It All Out, French Fries – Champagne / Hugz, Joy O – Ellipsis, and Pearson Sound – Untitled.
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