This week we are very pleased to introduce to you Dimaa from Grenoble France,
Hello Dimaa, could you introduce yourself and your music ?
Hi, I’m a composer / programmer on MAO, from «l’ Isere » (south of Grenoble in the French Alps. I’ve been passionate about music as long as I can remember and I started composing around 10 years ago. Initially beat, hip hop and reggae until recently when I fell in love with electro swing.
What is electro swing for you ?
I think that, above all, jazz was a true source of joy for me. For a long time I composed a lot of dark themes before jazz came into my life. To start with, mainly gypsy style music through which I felt a sens of joy that no other music had brought me before. Sanseverino said ” « swing » is the only music that brings me as much energy as rock’and roll”. Although I never really listen to rock I share his idea. There are loads of energy to give and take in this music.
For me music is like a line through time. Over different eras all the artists have brought their own contribution to this line, however we all follow the trace of the line.
I mean that the sounds we « compose » today, were already « around » before us. Electro swing is a good example and I like the idea that we pursue the work that others started 80 years ago.
Today we can create freely but it hasn’t always been that way for example during the prohibition. Things may be easier today but the need to feel joy still remains. For me « swing » is a window to joy.
How do you work ?
I’m not going to reveal my secrets to you ! No just kidding. I work quite simply, I don’t have a lot of material, essentially my computer a mixer and master keyboard. I don’t always work the same way but most of the time, I start by composing a theme (piano, bass, drums, guitar …) then I include voice or real sounding instrumentals. I try to cut up the samples to use every note and recreate the original melodies, to me « sauce ».
You’re also a member of the group « Amuzgeule » (appetiser) Tell us about it. What does being a member of the group as well as a producer bring in you’re music ?
I joined Lamuzgueule earlier this year and our musical worlds immediately bonded. To start with we worked on 1 song, then a 2nd, a 3rd, so gradually I became part of the group. We’re working on lots of projects together, especially a composition for the end of the year. Lamuzgeule is a group of 7 energetic musicians who released an album last june “Radio Beret and disco zina” and are already working on a next one.
I get a lot out of working with them primarily the human relationships and sharing music. And of course, there’s the instrumental dimension. Composing music on the computer, knowing that musicians will be playing it on real instruments adds enormous potential. The « colour » of real instruments is hard to pefect on a machine. They also make suggestions add their own personal touch which I like.
Your future projects ?
Well the biggest project is my album which is scheduled for October 2013. An electro swing album which will be titled “Vagabond”, involving several other musicians. I’ve been working on it for a few weeks now. I’m also working on several other projects with DJs and various compos should see the light by the end of the year, especially ones under a label, but it’s a little too early to talk about yet. And to conclude I’m putting together a « set » so hope to be producing on stage soon.
Anything else to add ?
To start with a big “thanks” to all the electro-swing.com team. Also to everyone who contributes to the Dimaa project , the public and those around me. And finally a big thank you to all artists and pioneers of Swing and Electro Swing.
Thank you very much Dimaa for you’re talk, really apreciated, we hope to hear a lot more from you in the future.