Tonight I’m hanging out with DELUXE in Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, France. In 2 hours they will be playing a live set, it’s the first time I’ve seen them and I’m very excited about it. Their debut EP “Polishing Peanuts” got my attention about a year ago when it was released on the excellent Chinese Man record label.
Can you describe your music for the electro-swing.com enthusiasts?
Liliboy: Electro, hip hop, pop music for sure Kilo : … with a little bit of Jazz & Funk too
Name few artists you like …
Beat Assailant, The Roots, General Electrics, Cannonball Adderley, Mathieu Chedid, Gainsbourg and many more…
What is Deluxe? A great mixture of samples, programing and live music?
Pietre: We are an acoustic band, a live band, but we are also producers and beatmakers at the same time. We wanted our first release (the Polishing Peanuts EP) to mix all these elements together.
When did it all start?
Kilo: At the beginning there were only 3 guys in the band. Liliboy : The six of us have been playing together for two years. For five years it was five guys though.
How do you produce your music? Who’s doing what?
Pietre: It’s always different. For this EP the ideas where composed with instruments, mainly keys and guitar, every musician takes part in the creation process and we use samples as well. Everyone listened to a lot of musical styles while working on the EP and each band member added their own thing. Half of it is sample based, then we add the acoustic layer on top.
What can people expect when they come to see Deluxe on stage?
Pietre: People can expect a real electro dance floor shaped energy with big beats you could compare to Caravan Palace. Deluxe is all about using loads of different instruments and really working each one into the mix. Rhodes, guitar, bass, real horns, you can expect a really complete live music experience when you see us on stage.
Kilo: There’s also a real Hip Hop background and influence in our music. Solid beats, scratches… We are always working on our sound, trying to find our way without being too exclusive to one style or another.
I’ve seen a lot of footage of you playing live, something special happens! You’re having fun together and you have a special relationship with the audience. Tell me about your stage experience.
Pietre: We used to play on the streets and that’s where we learned to keep the quality of our music very high. People there are walking past, if they don’t like what you do, they walk away…
Kaya: When you play on the streets people are not coming to see you so you need to appeal to them and you have to do it quickly. We learnt a lot from that experience and it really helps on stage. Now when the audience comes to see us, we know how to take them with us on our musical trip. We really like to see bands that are able to catch the attention of their audience. We know how to make music but we don’t see ourselves as virtuoso musicians, what we want to do is to
make music everyone understands and wants to dance to. No matter if you’re at the front of the crowd or at the back, we want everyone to have fun, dance, jump around, get exhausted and happy… We want people to leave their problems at the door and join our world.
Pépé: It’s not only about music, we like the idea of something visual… It’s a real show with loads to see and enjoy
Liliboy I think your voice is somewhere in between MIA and Uffie?
Liliboy: That’s okay with me! Funny though because last time I spoke to someone they said it was a mix between Amy Winehouse and Daffy Duck, so I prefer your comparison. I like Cocorosie and have listened to them for years and years, now I’m opening up and finding more stuff. When I discovered Uffie I really liked it.
You’re not French are you?
Liliboy: I’m French … and American
On your EP I really like the track “Pony” It’s similar to the two most successful tracks from Chinese Man (Artichaut & I’ve got that tune). We have lots of fans on the website loving all three of these tracks. What do you think about Electro Swing? Do you see Deluxe as part of it?
Pietre: Not really. We really like some Electro Swing tracks but it’s not a major source of inspiration for us. It’s an influence just like many other things (jazz, french songwriters, hip hop, electro swing…)
Soubri: We could make Electro Swing with a lot of the samples we use but we try to make a wide range of styles, we don’t want to be closed into one genre.
Any little stories you want to share with us?
Soubri: Actually, Pony was composed in Lyon (the city we’re doing this interview in now). We came to play in the city and we planned a week for that, but the weather was awful so we used that time to compose Pony instead.
Your music is really Funky. Are you inspired by Ghetto Funk, producers like Askillz?
We’re slowly integrating those kind of sounds (wobble bass, electro) and using Live to build up heavier elements. The wobble power! it’s coming…
What about the moustache?
All together: Joker (private joke)
Come on! is it an Urban Moustache or a Moustache from the country?
It’s a Joker Moustache…