Antoine Husson better known as Electric Rescue has been releasing some devastating techno into the world since the mid ’00′s. We came across his sound in 2009 when we heard the killer AFU release ‘Lazy Dog‘ With further releases on some of the biggest labels in the scene including Cocoon, BNR, Sci+Tec, Tronic, 1605 and of course his own excellent imprint Skryptom Antoine’s sound is deep, brooding, really twisted and great to listen to late at night. We caught up with him on a recent trip to London.
Disco Of Doom: You have had some serious releases across many major techno labels – what do you have planned for 2011?
Electric Rescue: I really put my large identity with four main label Cocoon, Boysnoize, SCI+TEC, and my own label (which is for me the major label lol), and for 2011 I want to do it again with them. It’s planed that we discuss a third release with Cocoon, Boysnoize Records also would like to release a third one too (they have already taken two tracks) and SCI+TEC for a second release and I also prepare a Skryptom release for spring. I also have a proposition in discussion with Trapez and Harthouse, and remixes for John Lord Fonda, Eric Tarlouf and Psycatron in the pipeline too. If all that projects will come out definitly it will be really interesting year and will bring others cool projects for the future.
DoD: What is the inspiration behind your music?
ER: There are many different things that influence me from the face of the people in the crowd who translate their spirit state during a night, their happiness. But it can also be cinema, or things happen in my life, or many things different as some politics attitude. I can say life inspire me everyday. I’m a big sponge and try to translate my feelings in music. Like all the artists i guess!
DoD: I read recently that Paris’ nightlife is under attack by the government, as a key member of the electronic music scene over there – is this true and if so, is it still possible to have a good night out?
ER: I did not hear this! The actual government is not the one I voted for but they don’t have it in mind. The Parisian scene is bigger and bigger each year, there is new club who try to propose electro. And the city has created a new building for digital culture which is called Gaité Lyrique in the center of Paris. The government from Paris is the other side from the president and they are more into electro music. The government have understood that now young people can help them to be elected so they try to catch them. For example Sarkozy, for his last election he proposed to Martin Solveig to do some of his political meeting and Martin went. It gave him a cool image to the young silly kids, so now they can be repressived with electro. They prefer to help and catch the young minds.
DoD: France has a strong musical heritage – do you have any recommendations for new talent to check out?
ER: For new talent who want to develop their-selves to be unique, original, courageous and to achieve all they can it’s really hard nowadays. To not sound like everyone else but use the different techniques to create their own unique style and that’s what’s working today, to propose fresh and personal talent. For those who want to listen new talent, for me there is some very interesting artist who will appear soon like Remy Maurin and Pierre Delort, Commuter, Traumer (who already worked with umek), Remain, Kreiss and GFP. They have had a few releases already but I feel something strong in all of them.
DoD: What other artists are exciting you right now?
Not so many, because these days in pure techno everybody is doing the same things, but there are some who always interest me like Julian Jeweil, Conde Cero, Danton Eeprom, Len Faki, Dusty Kid, Stephan Bodzin, Strip Steve and Das Glow, Maxime Dangles I probably forget many ones but that’s the ones I remember now.
DoD: What is planned with Skryptom this year?
After the Skryptom 7 from Maxime Dangles, will come Skryptom 8 in February from Psycatron titled ‘The Lurker” EP with a remix from me. We will follow with an EP from Remy Maurin and Pierre Delort, an EP from me and probably a second Maxime Dangles single and a release from Conde Cero later before the summer. But it’s always open to everybody, everything can move everyday we just look for fun and good music .
DoD: Thanks Antoine for taking the time to talk to us and keep up the good work man!
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Sound Pellegrino have been dropping serious bombs since launching in 2009, with a definite ear for killer tunes and a strong design ethic the label has grown to become one of the leading imprints around. Recently launching the Sound Pellegrino Podcast via iTunes every Wednesday label boss Teki Latex and partner DJ Orgasmic deliver a mixture of upfront bangers and humour which have become essential listing in the Offices Of Doom.
We caught up with Teki Latex in between his hectic schedule of touring, releasing and making records, presenting his show and much more. We also found out he used to be part of French hip hop outfit TTC, well you learn something new everyday:
Disco Of Doom: Hey Teki! What made you switch from Hip Hop to more club-based music?
Teki Latex: I think it came naturally, TTC (my hiphop group) was always influenced by electronic music of all sorts, we started getting into it when we signed with Big Dada/ Ninja Tune in 1999, it was an exciting era when ‘indy’ rappers were starting to collaborate with IDM producers. Towards the beginning of the 2000′s as our taste was evolving towards more dance-able club music simultaneously in the areas of hip-hop and electronic music we started getting into dirty southern rap / crunk and genres that were kind of sitting in between, like ghettotech, grime, baltimore, early electro-tech like Dopplereffekt and things like that, and finally more straightforward techno and house. Institubes was founded in 2003 and from that moment on, dance music was a big part of my life and what I listened to.
DOD: What’s the story behind Sound Pellegrino?
Teki Latex: We fell in love with house music. Orgasmic and I wanted to have our own little outlet to share the music we loved, maybe slightly more club and DJ-oriented than the stuff that was dropping on Institubes at that time.
DOD: The French have a solid history of delivering killer dance music, is this a conscious thing amongst French artists …as in do you get together to discuss how to take over the world?
Teki Latex: I think you could say that about every country depending on the style and genre, last year there seemed to be a huge UK takeover with Night Slugs, Hessle audio, Ramp and all these guys releasing amazing hybrid tracks between garage, hiphop and house, reinventing the sound of dance music. This year maybe France is gonna step up again, or will it be Germany? it all works in cycles i think.
DOD: The label has established itself over the last few years in terms of a label to trust for quality artists and releases, what helps you decide what is a killer tack to release?
Teki Latex: We try to keep a DJ approach to it. Is it easy to play? does it sound unique while staying catchy? Does it have that “special something” that separates it from the hundreds of demos we get every month? Also it’s a little bit unconscious but we like stuff that’s not too easy to label, music that can be used as a link from one style to another in a DJ set for example. We like Sound Pellegrino releases to bring scenes and styles together.
DOD: What new producers are you currently excited about?
Teki Latex: The Club Cheval boys are obviously running things right now (Canblaster, Myd, Sam Tiba and Panteros666), also french kids like Bambounou and the Youngunz label. Bobmo’s new tracks sound incredible, his new style is very different from what he’s released so far. People like Jacques Greene, Julio Bashmore, J-Phlip, Salva, Myrryrs should have an interesting 2011. On a totally different level we are very much into Tom Trago, deep house producers like Jamie Jones, Soulclap, and Luca Lozano’s label Klasse recordings
DOD: What is the best advice you would give a new producer starting out?
Teki Latex: Take your time and don’t follow trends, don’t copy the “sound of the moment” that gets you excited (the reason why you found it exciting in the first place is because it didn’t sound like anything else, leave it at that), create at least 10 tracks before you start putting music online or giving it out to people you’re not super close to.
DOD: What’s the most annoying thing about DJ Orgasmic?
Teki Latex: His refusal to change hairstyle (i’m sometimes tempted to cut his ponytail while he sleeps in the train). Also i wish he could finish his amazing chris brown edit (and the dozens of edits/tracks/bootlegs he started recently) so we could share it/them with the world!
DOD: ..And the best thing about being Teki Latex
Teki Latex: Sleeping in dope hotels. I love discovering a new hotel room it’s like starting a new life all over again every weekend.
DOD: Dinosaurs With guns was a big release, do you have anymore Teki Latex singles planned?
Teki Latex: I’m working on an EP in collaboration with Para One, we’re almost done. 2 amazing tracks that could be described as halftime-Drexciyan-garage-funk… I’m not sure this one will drop on Sound Pellegrino because in parallel i’m working on the first proper Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team release with orgasmic, hopefully it will drop before the summer, obviously on SP. I also have collaborations with Birdy Nam Nam, L-Vis 1990 and a remix of Canblaster that should drop soon.
DOD: What’s next for both the Thermal team and Sound Pellegrino?
Teki Latex: We have huge releases by Savage Skulls, High Powered Boys and Style of Eye coming up. Our weekly Sound Pellegrino Podcasts are getting bigger and better every week, you can subscribe via iTunes, all the instructions and the tracklistings are on SoundPellegrino.net. Check them out they’re full of exclusives and fun jokes.
DOD: Thanks Teki for taking the time to answer our questions and keep up the really great work!
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