This Friday, we are honored to welcome one of the key player of the Parisian dance music scene: Etienne de Crécy. The man behind Motorbass, Superdiscount and Tempovision’s electronic masterpieces has been one of the hero of the French Touch… before blowing minds with his new live project The Cube. From the 90’s underground rave parties in Parisian suburbs to the 10’s Stadium celebrations across the USA, enjoy the EDC’s Standard Q&A.
Hi Etienne, we are super-excited to have you back at Le Bain this Friday. After twenty years of career, do you feel - as Dimitri from Paris puts it - as a wise guy?
(Laughing) Really not! I used to be… but I think I get more un-wise at every set in a nightclub! I love the evolution in the electronic music since I started and I think it gets crazier every years. I’m still loving my job, which is listen to music very loud, drink beers and make people dance… I’m not bored (except about airports) with those simple actions!
You once described your music as “Digital Soul”. Does it still fit for The Cube?
No, this description was for the Tempovision album. I’m more analog with The Cube, I don’t use any laptop inside, just analog gear. The music I provide needs to be efficient at first hearing for big crowds (I mainly play in festivals), then it’s more techno, but with soul of course!
The last Spin magazine’s cover is announcing “The New Rave Generation” finally taking over the USA. With your live show, you have been yourself achieving stadium status, including rocking Coachella 2009. Do you feel part of that rave revolution?
That’s true: there is a revolution in USA with electronic music. I’d like to contribute!
Could you describe us your first experience of going to a rave in the early 90’s in Paris?
A big slap on my brain! I’m still living in the memory of that time. The music was really really new, there were no other places to listen to it but those suburban warehouses. We where maybe 2 or 3,000 people who appreciate the music. No media, no radio, no magazine were talking about that scene. I felt like jumping in the future!
A Pyramid for Daft Punk, a Cross for Justice and a Cube for Etienne… What’s all the buzz with geometry in French electronic live shows?
It just misses the circle and you get a Playstation joystick!
What are the most inspiring live shows you have experienced?
White Stripes for the color code. De La Soul for the funkyness. Metronomy for the bodylight show.
Do you sometimes listen to your oldest productions like the album of Motorbass or the Superdiscount series? What kind of emotions do they bring?
I had to listen to all my old stuff because I’m going to release a ‘best of’, ‘best of remixes’ & ‘unreleased tape’ soon (called: ‘my contribution to the global warming’) and the emotions are opposite! There is pride and shame at the same time. What I like is the freshness we had when we first made this music, one sample and one beat were enough to do seven minutes of music!
You lived in Los Angeles for a few months. Was it inspiring? In what ways?
I was really inspired to do nothing! (Laughing)… Just having a good time! I’d love to do it again.
You are the father of three children. What do they think of your music? Do you sometimes make them listen to your new tracks for some feedback?
The feedbacks are always bad! ‘Dad, your music sounds like shit!’