1. Place of origin, where you were born and where you currently live. 3 places you love in the world.

I was born in the western Paris suburbs, grew up there til high school and never really felt home, because my heart was in Bretagne, my grandparents home, on a high and wild cliff looking at the ocean. During my studies I experienced living abroad, in England, Netherlands and México. Fell in love with the latter, its culture, people and landscapes. That’s why I’m planning to go back, but for now I live in Bayonne, french Bask country, kinda “french California” haha.

Top 3 places in my Life : Le Pouldu, in Bretagne, France, San Pancho, on the Pacific Coast of México, and ex aequo Costa Rica & Cuba. And let’s make it five with where I live now, the french Bask coast.

2. 5 things you love passionately, 5 things you hate.

I love :

– Music (making, listening to, dancing to…) & Arts
– Cooking, Inventing, Designing, Building
– Riding (skateboard, ski, surf, hiking, swimming…)
– One or all of these in the Nature
– And my wife to be, of course, featured on this LP under the name Sagara.

I hate :

– Hatred
– Destruction / pollution of Nature
– Systemic inequality
– The rest, I do not like more than I hate haha

3. What motivates you to compose music?

To me it is not at all about motivation. I always have a rhythm or a melody in my head and it needs to get out. I am lucky to have a long and diverse music experience for my age, so it flows quite naturally in any direction and I will be able to follow. Also, I feel blessed to have this workflow where I finish almost 75% of my work and then release 75% of the latter. So I do not loose too much time or energy composing, and I think it keeps me going to be efficiently productive. And lately a new motivation has been to experiment and take more risks, play more with textures, effects, subtle arrhythmia, dissonances… Keep the fun going and never run in circles

4. Top 5 of your artistic influences.

From when I was younger I’d say:

– Tool
– Rage Against The Machine
– Bonobo (early albums)
– Massive Attack (Mezzanine)

And more lately, I’d say Psilosamples and Tribilin Sound.

5. Top 5 songs you love.

Francis Bebey – Sanza Tristesse
I never know if it’s making me cry out of sadness, joy or nostalgia

Quasar – Soundsystem Addict
When the bass kicks in, be prepared haha

Massive Attack – Inertia Creeps
Dark but Good

Rage Against The Machine – People of the Sun
Powerful fusion

Maat – Feuglace
My best discovery of 2020

But honestly 5 is not enough to rank my top songs hahaha

6. Tell us about your latest release. Motivation and musical concept.

This is quite funny actually because I was working on some tracks, a bit darker than usual, faster also, and sent a 1st draft EP to Martin (Playground Records). No answer haha. 2 months later I received a message from him saying he wanted my slow vibe for a Playground EP, even though he never read my previous message. This is actual destiny we ended up collaborating!! So we worked together on building a coherent LP, selecting my pieces that would fit together best, and it works fine I think!

In this LP you can hear a darker panorama of all my influences, from grunge rock and its crunchy sounds, to hip hop beats, cumbia flows & tropical riddims, dubstep patterns, bluesy and dreamy guitars, psychedelic atmospheres, organic percussions, forest, aquatic and desert soundscapes, and above all driving bass lines, which is my signature sound I believe. You tell me!

7. What do you hope your artistic work will give you back?

With this EP I hope to touch new listeners who are maybe more used to Indie Dance and Dark Disco, and make them explore slower beats and more mystical and deeper sounds, rooted nowhere but in my imagination, so hopefully I will be triggering theirs!

I do not really plan to live from my music, so I just expect naive happiness out from it : enjoying making music, making people dream and dance, connecting and collaborating with passionate people.

The rest is optional, even though it can feel good for the ego and challenging : peers ackowledgment and recognition, growing network, gigs, fanbase, money…

But it never lasts eternally so I try and focus on the core of the why I make music

8. A book that you recommend.

– “Island” by Aldous Huxley. To have an idea of how society could be close to perfection.
– “The Forty Rules of Love” by Eli Shafak. To learn about sufism and love in general.
– “La Nuit des Temps” by René Barjavel. To remember that technology does not impeach us to reproduce human mistakes from one Civilization to another. Hopefully same goes for love <3

‘cause I never recommend only one thing hahaha

9. What is the meaning of life?

To me, there is none. Except the one you choose.
I just want to enjoy and explore my own consciousness until it doesn’t exist anymore : explore, experiment, discover, meet people and new sensations, forms of creativity, natural creatures and phenomenons. And then die with a smile

The Da Iguana’s new release on Playground Records is out now!