Interview: Shlømo

Shlømo is at the heart of the French techno underground. In just a couple of years he has swiftly emerged with his own distinctive sound, mostly on his own Taapion Records but also on influential labels like Delsin, Singular records and Arts Collective. Balancing real feeling with all important dancefloor function, his sets and productions marry stark moods with absorbing atmospheres and for that reason have found favour with key techno tastemakers around the globe. We got a chance to speak with techno taste maker and ask him a few questions you are reading below.

Let’s start with Paris, city is known for its scene and quality musical outputs. Tell me, in which way has city influenced your style of music and what makes it unique place to live for an artist?

I am a pure Parisian, born and raised in Paris. Over the last few years I have seen the evolution and rise of the new electronic French scene.

Through the beginning of Concrete’s Sunday parties, the city started to recreate a real electronic energy all over the country. I get inspired everyday by Paris because it’s a place where you can find a lot of diverse cultural thing reunited together.

You recently announced your debut album, ‘Mercurial Skin’ which is out early next month. What inspired you to make it and what story did you wanted to tell with this album? Does it have a message?

I was thinking about doing an album for almost three years. I just wanted to have enough time to work on it.

Through this album I tried to make a tribute to the way I discovered electronic music. When I was a teenager i was into hip hop, and one of my friends gave me CDs of Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada – that was a game changer for me. That’s why a part of my album is a tribute to the Warp sounds from the late 90s and early 00s.

I read somewhere that the album is a return to your roots, would you like to share more. What can we expect to hear?

For me it was exactly this process. As I said previously, I wanted to share the sound of my first connection and interactions with electronic music. Not really techno music but more IDM, electronics and ambient.

You are also the owner of the Taapion Records, which marks five years this year. What does the label mean to you?

I’m really proud of what Taapion have become after five years. It wasn’t easy, but I think that I shared the exact music that I wanted – I think it’s really important to have your own label nowadays. When you have a special project with your own way of releasing it, that’s help a lot. It also allows you the best way to showcase your own vision of your own music .

Speaking of Taapion, which upcoming releases we shouldn’t miss hearing?

We have a strong schedule coming up:

My LP is coming in just over two weeks and I’m really excited about it.
We will also release material from two new French talented artists: Netsh and Hadone.
We’ve just decided also to release the project I’ve started with my friend Antigone called Luxor, which we performed live this September at Up To Date festival in Poland.
Finally, we are preparing something for the five years, and we are currently working a big remix compilation for my album too.

What goals are you setting yourself when you’re making music and in your opinion what are the essentials that make a track great?

There is only one essential thing required to make a great track – inspiration – and as I’ve heard from many big producers „It’s not what you have, but what you do with what you have“ that will make a great track.

When is the best time of day to be in studio and are there any creative difficulties you are facing with?

I’ve just set up my studio at home – I find it better for me as it is allowing me to be productive whenever I want. I don’t have a preference in terms of the perfect time of the day to produce, it’s more about the feeling or inspiration I have in the moment.

Concerning the creative difficulties, I actually just took a small break of doing nothing after my album. I was feeling quite empty as producing my album was a big deal for me and I needed a two month break to help to get back in the flow of producing.

Where can we hear you in the following weeks? We heard you in Belgrade recently, so do you have any impressions of the city or our crowd?

I’ve got a busy schedule until the end of the year and I’m actually pretty excited about it. You will see in Tbilisi, Rotterdam, Paris, Buenos Aires, Liverpool, Tel Aviv, Cape Town, Munich, Berlin and Roma to name just a few.

The crowd from the Balkans are crazy and never tired – that’s perfect for me!