Pluie/Noir Podcast 005
Sound by Cleymoore.
Visual Interpretation by Roger Mac.
Video by Max Binski.
Pluie/Noir Podcast is a bi-monthly audio-visual episode representing our work as an artist collective. Each episode will feature a one hour collage/mix by one of our producers/djs and a poster triptych by one of our designers.
We interviewed both artists and dropped some questions about their vision:
Always a pleasure to have the "head" of the project contribute with a podcast. How are you feeling nowadays?
:: I'm overwhelmed. I've been dreaming about this project for almost 5 years. Step by step organizing ideas, digging the art and music world, developing my skills as a musician, dj and designer, meeting amazing artists along the way. Today I'm finally starting to feel accomplished, even though pluie/noir is just starting. I'm busier than I ever been before, constantly working on music, design, the collective, and now the imprint.
There's a lot of expectations around pluie/noir as a record label. Why did you feel the need to create it?
:: Creating a record label was a logical step for me at this point, as a person and as a musician. I have a really specific vision about music, about the dance scene. I've grown up listening to stuff most people think is weird, and as a producer I've grown up to make a type of music that is also not easy. I have this need nowadays, this craving to shout it out, show the world that people still try to do something different. The record label also had to be vinyl-exclusive. I'm a vinyl lover, a vinyl dj & avid collector. The physical format allows us to feature a specific type of artwork, from all the selected people I have working with me. We want every release to be special in all the ways possible.
:: We had some unexpected delays. I had a huge amount of personal issues to deal with in the last months, and it ended up making the work on the imprint be a bit slower. Anyway, I can say we're finally on track. The first artist featured is one of my long time favorite artists in the scene, Intergroove is working with us now, Rashad Becker is already working his magic on the masters and Handlewithcare will press and print the first release really soon. We're expecting the first release to come in May/June. Cross my fingers! Second release will feature a super talented member of the collective and is expected to September, and third release will probably be my own, who knows!
Quite a podcast. Different from what we've shown before. Monochrome?
:: Well, I'm not sure what people are expecting from me as a "podcaster". I believe podcasts should be extremely personal, more of a collage than actual djmix. That's exactly what I did. A very personal trip, in high and low keys, high and low pitches. It's moody and deep, it's how I feel most of the times. I wanted to keep the listeners engaged and provoked, listen to unexpected sounds mixed in a bold and sometimes strange but engrossing way. Actually, it's the oposite of Monochrome, it's full of color from beginning to end. It's easy to imagine black being red and white being blue. It's a matter of perspective.
What to expect for this year?
:: Whoah, so much happening lately..!
I'll start to buy analog gear asap. I need it fiercely! There's a remix coming on Arma17 for Easy Changes and another for Alexx Wolfe on Monocline. I'm doing a huge amount of collaborations with people inside the collective. I've finished some with No Hype, Pheek and Diogo.
Me and Diogo started a project called Mcrchp (Microchip Audio), and our plan for this year is to perform together and explore a minimalistic and experimental approach based on improvisation and machines not necessarily connected to the 4 by 4 dance music. We're aiming to beatless stuff aswell.
I'm also releasing an album on Archipel Soundtracks and releasing my own first album later this year. This is just a snippet of what I'm doing. :)
You're with Bruno on this project for a long time. How did you get involved?
:: Well.. we share a vision on how detail and perfection can be incredibly stimulating, and I guess it's that idea that keeps us together and keeps us moving forward despite all the shit that happens around us. I guess getting involved wasn't really an option in those days, it was just a language that we both understood pretty well.
Brand Embassy was one of your older projects? Did it contribute in any way to what you do today?
:: It definitely did. It defined who I am today, and helped me find, experiment and develop my true passion for extreme detail, even if the result is a blank canvas with a black dot on the left. Although the work developed at the agency was commercial, the ability to define personality had to be great, and that had to be done by using detail in design. Nowadays, it's the details that create the design.
Stunning hand-drawn artwork. How long did you take to draw this?
:: Although I actually lose track of time and dimension whilst drawing, It took me about 17 hours to create the "Neuronet" (Heart Shape, that is actually split in two horizontally inverted parts on each corner poster) and about 5 hours to create the "Enso" (Circle).
I'm working on a bigger piece though, which has gone over 26 hours.
Are you currently working as a designer?
:: Well, you can say so, yes. I manage information and define usability, so basically I define the strategy on which design is built upon.
Any plans for the future?
:: Definitely. I'd like to continue to create and connect different forms of art with my lifestyle. Maybe even write a book too, but definitely continue to define and create.
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