I’m here tonight with ALGORYTHMIK in Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, France. The French trio are playing a 1 hour warm up set before the excellent DELUXE (Check out the Interview here).
I have known these three for a long time as we live in the same city, have friends in common and we have also shared a few stages together. I’m really pleased I can get this short interview at last.
Please apologize guys for publishing this Interview so late (It was made on end of November 2012)
Who are Algorythmik?
I’m Rok (FXs + samples)
I’m John (The Scratchman)
I’m Larry Coon (Keys, basslines & samples)
How would you describe your music?
Larry: It’s kind of Big Beat with lots of Jazz/Swing samples, some ethnic samples and turntablism
Rok: We love filthy, heavy basses and we use lots of different samples from a wide range of music.
Larry: We focus on the groove…
You’ve been using Swing samples on two of your most successful tracks (Andrews Break & Jump for Swing) but I know you Guys don’t like to be labelled «Electro Swing». Why?
Larry: Both these samples were and still are famous (Andrews Sisters & Louis Armstrong) so I believe that’s why our versions are successful. These two tracks are simpler than the others as well which might be another reason for their success. We don’t only focus on Swing but we do have two other tracks you could label Electro Swing: A guide to happiness & Our Lazy Day, so let’s say our music is Half Electro/ Half Electro Swing.
Rok: As we said, we love different types of samples. Those tracks got famous, especially in the Electro Swing world but that wasn’t our aim in the first place, when we created the tracks we didn’t know the world Electro Swing existed. Then we realised it was more a movement than a music genre and we were happy to participate in all these happenings, gigs, parties and have a little fame.
John: I’m looking for Brian… Do you know where Brian is? (French joke) (Laughter)
Electro Swing is changing quickly now. You’ve been playing at a lot of these parties, what do you think about these changes?
Larry: Brian is in the Kitchen I guess. (end of the French joke) (Laughter)
What we see when we play these parties is more and more people so I think it’s going well. I’m glad because there are so many styles of music, not just house!
Rok: We’ve seen that Electro Swing gigs are very open minded, places of expression. There are lots of different arts mixed in one party. It’s very interesting and it should stay for a long time.
John: Yes for sure … !!!???
Me telling him : Talk in French if you want I’ll translate later (I recorded this interview on my phone)
John: No it’s Ok I can speak English ! (Laughter) I think people like Electro Swing but sometimes they’re quite surprised when they see us on stage because some of our music can be very different and they don’t always expect it… Usually they like it so it’s all good…
About your last album Morphism. Are you happy with it? Is it selling well?
Larry: It’s selling well in France and a bit in the UK. More in digital in other countries, especially Andrew’s break (Laughter). Yes we are happy with Morphism, it’s a first album and we have had very good feedback about it
John: Yes for sure … !!!??? (Laughter)
Rok: We don’t know really how many copies have been sold world wide but from what we’ve seen so far its selling well.
Larry you told me few months ago that your music will change to become more «Electro». Will you still use samples ?
Larry: Some tracks we are working on now still have samples in them (russian, swing …) and
we’re pretty sure we will release them.
Rok: We will also be producing some darker electronic music as well.
John: Yes for sure … !!!???
Anything coming up ?
Larry: on the 31th of October we’re releasing a FREE track with the Jarring Effect label. It’s quite a dark one but it will be awesome.
Rok: Yes that one may not please all the swing music fans
Ok thank you Guys, see you later and enjoy your show tonight !
Thanks a lot…