10 Questions With… Stephane Lefrançois
March 22nd, 2014
London-based producer Stephane Lefrançois has just released the second session from The Vault series on Balanced Records, after releasing the original a year ago. See how he answers our infamous 10 questions.
What musical projects have you been working on lately?
I have been finishing tracks to put out on my own label, Secret Music. I have found it easier to focus on 2 or 3 tracks at once, instead of jumping around dozens of tracks, which is what I was doing before.
When did you start making music and what made you start?
I started making music at the age of 7. My parents made me take piano lessons. A few years later, I went to my first jazz concert, and saw a live drummer. I fell in love immediately, and started playing drums. Further on, I discovered electronic music, synthesizers, and recording gear, and got hooked.
How would you describe your current sound?
It's a mix of electronic, hardware music, and organic, human influences. I love musicians who can use hardware or software, and inject a human element into them. My sound is usually quite busy, with latin influences, lots of percussion, layers of synths, and ambiances. I like full sounding tracks, driving, with a soul.
Who are your biggest influences; musical or otherwise?
I grew up with Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, Dire Straits, and the old French singers like Leo Ferre. Any good drummer has probably influenced me one way or the other. On the electronic side, Plastikman's early albums blew my mind, and more recently, I have been a big fan of Nicolas Jarr and anyone doing soulful, creative electronic music.
What is an average day in your life?
Getting up, going for a cycle (when it's nice, which is rare in London, so I make the best of it), writing and taking care of administrative tasks, cooking, meeting up with friends / collaborators to talk about music, the future, life. I love to be surrounded with friends, and make sure to see as many as possible every day. I try to impart some discipline in my self - employed life.
What are some of your pet peeves?
People with no passion, no drive to succeed. Laziness. Hypocrisy.
Thinking back to your childhood, what were your first experiences with music? What songs do you remember most as a child?
Again, Pink Floyd from my dad, especially Wish You Were Here and Dark side of the Moon. Anything classical from my mom, I was very much into the big Wagnerian symphonies, which have an incredible sense of epicness !
Do you have any other interests or talents that you would like to share?
I do card and coin magic, it keeps my hands occupied when I'm bouncing tracks, and helps liven up the party !
How do you like to relax when you are not making music?
Cycling, sleeping, and sharing time with friends. And grilling meat on the BBQ in the summer.
Is there anything else you'd like to tell us?
Not really :) Anything else you'd like to know?