Electronicat is a project by French musician Fred Bigot.
The root of his music is in guitar. The way he makes music is all related to the way he plays guitar, including imperfections, lo-fi sound, noise, melody and the practice of improvisation.
Fred started playing in the late 80s whilst still at art school in Angers, influenced by the ambition and persistance of obscure garage bands featured on the Pebbles compilations. After moving to Paris the resulting sound travelled over into two of his following projects "Stamp" and "Boot Power" (1993), which featured a simple line-up of guitar and vocals backed up by the rhythmic stomps of the singer's tap-dance shoes. The next project "Gonzo" (1997), a brief incursion into techno, helped Fred develop his use and knowledge of exclusively electronic instruments and the drum-machine.
It opened up a new realm of experimentation, the perfect seeding ground for his project Electronicat (1998). Fred returned to his guitar, sampling it and focusing on the melodic attributes of beat, developing a particular sound he is now renowned for. The distorted but melodic guitar, the unquantised rhythms, the delay-heavy vocals and the buzzing rumbling 808 bass drum all became characteristic features of the Electronicat sound. His songs encompassed an array of influences in all respects - particularly glam rock, psychedelia, 60s garage rockabilly and experimental electronic music - and took it further making electronic music sound more rock n roll and vice versa.
This project allowed Fred to play in a variety of locations all over the world (Knitting factory, Belgrade's Dis-patch festival and the Borderline Media Arts festival in Beijing to name a few). To date he has released seven albums on diverse labels (Onitor, Disko b, Kompakt, Ersatz Audio...) with his productions being featured on numerous compilations ('The Trip', 'The Other Side of New York'...). He has collaborated with numerous artists and musicians, building up an impressive resume that includes projects with Beans, Gerhard Potuznik, J.G Thirwell, Khan, Kasper T.Toeplitz, Anu Pennanen, Cecile Babiole, Nicolas Moulin, remixes for Depeche Mode, Tigerbeat 6, Bretzel Göring and also work with choreographers such as Mark Tompkins and Christian Rizzo.
He´s currently working on his 8th album.
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