Not too long ago we introduced Frederic De Carvalho, a great talent we believed to be a bit too under the radar. Check here if you missed it. Today we’ve got an interview with the man, but before we get into that, check out “Out Run” which came out yesterday on Beatport.
And lookout for this one come September 17th!
DE (HOUDINI): Tell us about Frederic De Carvalho the project and who you are as an individual. What’s a day in the life like?
Frederic De Carvalho: I’m a 30-year-old guy, married, with a son, living near Paris. I’m passionate for electronic music and DJ since a long time. I launched my own label Absolut Freak Records in 2006, with now a fine catalogue of 26 references (lot of them released on vinyl) with music by great artists like Popof, Markus Lange, Play Paul, Daniel Dexter, Boris Dlugosch, Adam Sky, Zoo Brazil, John Dahlbäck, Tomas Andersson, David Carretta, Xinobi, Hostage, Malente & Slap In The Bass, Dirty Disco Youth, Schlachthofbronx…
In parallel of this great adventure, I also produce my own music, on Absolut Freak but also on other labels like Boxon Records, Coco Machete or Dusted Decks. I made some remixes for Fukkk Offf, Adam Sky, Laurent Garnier, and a successful one for Ostblockschlampen with 150.000 views on YouTube.
Who are your biggest influences as an artist?
Every sounds around me, from Detroit techno with Underground Resistance or Dopplereffekt, to MTV and the pop culture. About my heroes, I could say Michael Jackson, Kraftwerk, Serge Gainsbourg, Aphex Twin, Jeff Mills, Daft Punk, Nirvana, The Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, and Laurent Garnier for whom I did a remix released on my label in a limited vinyl edition. This is one of my proudest moments as a musician.
David Carretta also did a remix for me, which is quite crazy, as he was an idol for me.
What’s it like being a musician on the grind in Paris?
Nothing particular. I spend a lot of time behind my computer, as an artist and label manager of the 20th century. I’m not particulary famous in France, I think my sound fits more to the German scene for example, where I make some gigs.
What’s the next step for you? More releases? Touring? Videos?
I’ve got several releases coming soon:
- “Out Run” together with the french band WAT (ex We Are Terrorists), a romantic 80′s electro track coming on Kiez Beats Records in August 27.
- “Pod o logy”, a powerful project coming on Boxon Records in September 17, with great remixes by Polymorphic, Hostage, LaTourette, Stereofunk and Aerotronic.
- “Chicken Mastah”, an electro banger coming on Dusted Decks Records in October, with a massive remix by Gtronic.
Two release parties are planned in Leipzig / Germany (home base of Dusted Decks) and Bordeaux / France (Boxon).
And I hope to release a CD album next year, with the best of my hard drive.
What’s the craziest show you’ve played? Tell us about some of the weirdest, coolest, funniest things you’ve seen in the business.
I remember my first public performance was at the mythic Rex Club in 2001, the most reknowned club in France. It was a fucking dream come true. I also remember a great Absolut Freak Party that I organized at the Social Club Paris in 2008, with Tiga, Adam Sky, Tomas Andersson and Nicolas Chenard. More recently, I did a gig in Madagascar, a crazy cultural experience. The weirdest / coolest / funniest thing I lived is probably that I had to go to the toilets 5 minutes before a gig in front of 2.000 people. That was longer than expected, and the organizers was looking for me everywhere!