Here the man from Nantes will soon release a new record. He first became interested in music and vinyl records at a very young age by the fact that his father is a big collector of phonographs and owns a lot of 78 rpm records of Jazz, Beebop, and Swing. Fully immersed in this atmosphere of organic music he rebelled during his teens and started to fall in love with electronic music. Today his solo project Môme is strictly rooted in House that is slightly spiced with Acid and some Techno flavors. For Carhartt Radio Môme dived into the label catalogue of 4lux from Rotterdam and mixed a House driven show that stays deep in any second. We sent him some question to accompany his show with background information about his biography and musical visions.
(Môme Photo by: Yodel)
How did you select the tracks for your Carhartt Radio show?
Môme: I choose in the 4lux catologue the tunes that reflect most what I play in my live DJ sets.
Can you describe your sound for us in a few words?
Môme: Pretty much my sound and style is like jacking deep Acid Techno into your House.
When did you start writing/producing music - and what or who were your early passions and influences?
Môme: My first influences where Jazz thanks to my Dad and his huge record collection of 40.000 discs and 78 rpm gramophone records. When I was about ten I went from farting around with mechanical music boxes to fiddling with electronic music. I got into Hip House, New Beat and Acid House. I used to record from radio shows all the time trying to catch underground electronic music. My double cassette recorder acted as a sampler to make remixes. I started to really write Classical music and operas when I was 16.
What are currently your main compositional and production challenges?
Môme: I don't really have any compositional or production challenges in my day to day life. I try to remain a human analogue android in my approach to music mincing, as best I can.
What is your creative process like?
Môme: My creative process is up and down. There are periods where nothing happens and suddenly I hear something that inspires me. It could be anything: Folk, Rock. I don't know. Even somthing on YouTube... I don't necessarily use anything from the music I have heard but it will give me an emotion that I can use. I need to be turned on or turned off to make stuff.
Which of your own tracks are you most proud of and why?
Môme: After I've finished a tune I'm happy for about 10 minutes and then I start somthing new and I'm over it. I'm not a fan of playing my stuff out. It is like patting myself on the back. This is not my style.
What does a typical weekend look like for you?
Môme: Weekend starts Thursday with my residence Birdy at Le Nid in Nantes. Next day I have a hangover and I stay with my little boy at the park perfecting his slide technique. Often I play on Friday and Saturday too. If not I like to cook for my friends and my darling.
If you would do a forecast of what is the sound of tomorrow what would it look like?
Môme: I predict an enormous dark thunderous cloud of Electro Dub and Trapstep that will linger like a fart in a spacesuit over winter. But there will be a gap in the clouds and Electro and all things like Electro Minimal will slip through giving us a much needed slap in the face.
What old albums you rediscovered lately and what makes them special?
Billy Preston: The Kids & Me (A&M Records)
EMF: Schubert Dip (EMI America)
Squarepusher: Go Plastic (Warp)
These three albums like many others remind me of the good old days with old gay naked men in the back rooms of clubs. The first kiss, the first cigarette, the first smell of tennis balls.
If you could spend a night partying with any of your icons, who would it be?
Môme: The Fraggles from Fraggle Rock would be pretty amazing.
(Photo by Tristan Vergnault)
What was the last track that sent shivers up your spine?
Môme: It was a long time ago but I haven't found better at giving me goose bumps it is Smog: Our Anniversary.
What are three albums that you'll absolutely never get tired of listening to?
Smog: Supper (Drag City)
Django Reinhardt: Django's Music (EMI)
Aphex Twin: Richard D. James (Warp)
Can you remember where you first started DJing and the kind of music you were playing?
Môme: I used to play House in a gay bar in front of a mirror. That way I saw my self mixing and the men in the bar got a nice eye full of my bum.
What are your favorite places to play?
Môme: I like to play places where I'm near the public. I like it when they are not far away and can touch me (but not in front of a mirror). I don't like to play on a podium or something similar you know.
Do you see yourself as part of any scene?
Môme: I am a fully fledged and certificated member of the House music scene.
Can you name three records to start a party?
Terrence Parker: Your Love (Intangible Records & Soundworks)
Fast Eddie: Hip House 89 (Eddie's Extended Mix) (D.J. International Records)
Andrés: Reality (KDJ)
How do you see the French club music scene of today? What you like, what you dislike?
Môme: There isn't really a club scene in France. There are a lot of nights organised in Paris. It is more of warehouse party scene that is starting up and I like that.
Can you please recommend to us two upcoming artists from France which you feel deserve attention.
Môme: Gavin Pryke is an artist and illustrator not a musician but I like a lot his work for album covers and galleries. He is really talented. And I also really like this guys style: Maelstrom.
What are your hobbies beside music?
Môme: Cooking Asian food or cooking Indian food is a passion but the slide at the park with my son is where it's at.
You are located in Nantes. What are your favorite spots and secrets in your hometown that you would recommend to somebody that comes around for a visit?
Môme: Well of course I'm going to say where I have my residence at Le Nid on the 32nd floor of la Tour de Bretagne in Nantes. It has a formidable view over the city. And for good place to drink is Chez Lizette - it is on the corner of my street and is marvellous.