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INTERVIEW: Sekuoia

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Desert”?

Desert is a track I produced last year actually, but I kept it aside knowing I wanted to combine it with a visual experience. This visual experience was created with my collectiv Cela, around the emptiness and the movement.

The track is part of the main themes approached in my new EP « Nomade ».

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

There was no event in particular but more like a period. After my first EP and the tour that followed, I listened to a lot of music and met a lot of people who inspired me. I also used this time to travel a lot. When I settled down again, I had the need to compose new music, “Desert” is the first track I produced for this EP.

The single comes off your new album Nomade – what’s the story behind the title?

For me the EP is a support to go through a complete creational process, with visuals, sound and meaning. That’s also why I don’t bring out single tracks throughout the year, I prefer to be concentrated on a global project. I choose research themes, which helps me to make the project evolve. For my first EP for example, it was the substance and the double, for « Nomade » it’s the movement and the emptiness, these are themes that carry me away and inspire me…

How was the recording and writing process?

I don’t really have a particular process of writing. I never for example start with the same element, sometimes it’s a voice a recorded month agao, sometimes an unparticular noise.

I use an H6 recording device, which I always have on me, and record kind of everywhere, I then transform some of the sounds in rythm, melodies or simply atmospheres. I then add synthesizers and syncopated rythms.

On the last EP, I used a lot of old instruments I distorted. I used an old electronic organ I rearranged with guitar distorsions, or drums, I also recorded with a clarinetist.

The good track for me would be a track that pushes me out of my comfort zone and that at the end will suprise me !

Does France and its scene plays any role in your music?

I have been inspired a lot by artists like Rone. I’ve been listening to the whole young electro scene in France in my hig school years, but nowadays I would say that the music I am listening to has no real nationality.

What led you to blend R&B and EDM together?

I wouldn’t naturally put my music between these kinds, because it’s not specifically what touches me, but if it’s what comes out of it, it’s surprising! I am more inspired by rock, hip hop and electronic music (Flume, Flylo, Atoms for peace, Son lux, hudmo etc..)

How much did emptiness and movement get to inspire the songs on this record?

I realised last year that I felt my composition very differently depending on the places I am in, if I’ve been isolated since a while or not. It leaded to add some titles to some of the tracks, because it made sense to me . Nomade and Desert illustrate very well theses situations I like to be in.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes a tour starts this saturday, I look forward to it !

What else is happening next in Sekuoia’s world?

A lot of new tracks in progress, I am still searching, I think about the next album, and also performances linking visuals, dance and sound with my collective.

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