POPOF Q&A (Hot Creations/ Form Music)

Your new single for Hot Creations: Lidl Girl feat. Arno Joey is the third to be lifted from you album: Love Somebody’. What’s the story behind how you teamed up with the label and how important has it been for you to work with such a notable imprint?IMG_8412popof4

I composed about thirty tracks, some of which were made in collaboration with my vocalist, Arno Joey, and then sent some to Hot Creations. They responded quite positively so, afterwards, we all sat together and selected what we estimated were the right tracks in order to come up with a full album. It’s obviously a great honor for me to have released my album on this label, because I both respect them immensely and really appreciate them on a personal basis.

Can you talk us through how you produced the track – including any favourite software/ hardware you used – and what was the inspiration behind it?

For this specific track, I started building the rhythmic on Cubase. Then I added the catchy melody that holds the track together from beginning to end. Afterwards, I added the bass, the keyboards, the vocals and the effects. I used Virus TI for almost every single sound on this track.

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How did you get to choose such an impressive line-up of remixers for the single!?!

Well, to be honest my manager, Ghayath Dakroub, did all the work! He worked very hard and very professionally for me to get the best remixers available.

Your music is much more varied than a lot of artists. Who are your biggest influences, both within Dance music and outside of it?

Outside electronic music, I tremendously love vocal jazz, hip-hop and funk music. I’m very open-minded musically, as is reflected by my music. I really think every single musical genre has something good to offer.

How would you describe the electronic music scene in Paris at the moment?

For me, the Parisian scene is getting better and better at the moment, it’s been evolving positively. I’ve seen lots of new dynamic promoters emerge and great, unusual, places open – a nice change from the usual clubs or festivals. The scene’s expanding and I’m thrilled.

As you DJ worldwide is there a sense that clubs are being replaced by festivals, if so, is that a good thing?

Clubs and festivals are two radically different things so I really think we need both! They each have their own vibes and atmospheres and for me both are important and necessary.

Can you tell us about any future plans for a follow-up album, or playing Live etc?IMG_8448popof3

I am currently working on new tracks as well as future collaborations, production-wise. As for my Live performances I’m working on a back-to-back project with Julian Jeweil for this summer.

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