Can you talk to us more about your latest single “So High »?
‘So High’ is the lead single from my first EP ‘Preface(s)’. It’s a track I composed a while ago and I finalized it early-September last year when I got to work with Norma Jean Martine, a great singer from the UK. It’s a very powerful Pop-Dance song.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Not really. To be honest, I didn’t write the lyrics myself. I composed the melodies and the beat almost 2 years ago, but I have done many versions before being fully satisfied and bouncing the master file.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Well there’s already a great Lyrics video available : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdRvsYVr5CE – We’ve been working with my label to find the perfect script for a video clip but we aren’t sure if we’ll confirm any shooting as I’ve got already a new single set to be released before summer. We’ll see what’s happening !
How was the recording and writing process?
It was a very special experience because Norma Jean Martine recorded the vocal parts from the USA while I was in my home-studio in France. So we worked through Skype and we shared a lot of files through the Internet. The writing was done with my good friends Philippe and Ginni, with who I’ve been working on several songs.
After the success from your previous record, were you any nervous while working on this newest single?
When you’re signed to a record company such as Capitol / Universal Music, I can tell you there’s always pressure. This is not just a question of music, there are many other things to consider when you’re a young artist like me. Being nervous is part of this hard business. Music industry is a very specific world, believe me. So I just try to focus on what I do the best, which is playing instruments and composing new music. Each day, I’m creating music in the studio and I’m never nervous when I make some music, ahah.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are remixing someone else than when you are writing in your own?
True ! Remixing is something I’ve done a lot lately. Since I released my remixes for Katy Perry and Carla Bruni, I received many requests and I have several remixes yet to be released. I love remixing because I can turn an already existing track into something completely different, playing with the tempo, the harmonies and the vocals. I often accept or decline to remix a track basing me on what I feel listening to the vocals. If I feel like I can play with the voice, then I start building a whole new instrumental around it. When I compose my own music, it’s an other process. Most of the time, I start composing a few hooks and gimmicks, then I define the chords and look for the right beats. But I always leave space for vocals because I hardly compose a new track without a vocal. I share my instrumentals with a few songwriters, quiet early in the process, and we see what’s possible. If we don’t manage to add vocals and toplines, it means I’ve failed somewhere in my composing process… Once again, I always link my music to vocals.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Before the album, I’ll release my EP and a few more singles for sure. Finalizing an album is a long process, even if I’ve already got many songs almost ready. Nowadays, albums are not the easiest things to sell, so it takes time before pretending to release the first one.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’ve started touring my own country and I’ve got great shows to come in the next months. I’ll play Paris on March 15th as the support act of one of my favorite electronic bands, Goldfish. It’s very exciting !
What else is happening next in Aslove’s world?
I really focus on my music and I try to be as productive as I can, which means working on new music all the time. And when I’m not producing music, guess what I do ? I play drums, piano and guitars with my friends. We love playing rock music all together. Ah, I was about to forget mentioning Ben, my lovely dog, he’s an important character in Aslove’s world, too.