Mentre noi siam qui ad arrovellarci le cervella per cercare un degno costume di Halloween che possa coniugare manifattura pregiata e citazionismo raffinato almeno quanto questi due qui, c’è gente che un giorno si sveglia e più che un costume nell’armadio si ritrova un alter ego sul comodino, o qualcosa del genere. Molte di queste persone fortunate sono localizzabili nelle sale d’attesa delle grandi stazioni ferroviarie, alle poste o più facilmente in un sanatorio, ma come la nostra cultura contemporanea ci ha insegnato, possiamo ritrovarceli anche al prossimo party a cui parteciperemo, in qualità di guest dj. Nasce così la cosiddetta sindrome del Fanatismo Cristal, spalmata per lo più lungo tutte le ere vissute del French Touch, fino ad arrivare ad oggi, quando arriva ‘sto ragazzino col poster di Smallville in cameretta, Shook, che viene a raccontarci di un paio d’occhiali da sole che pare lo facciano sentire “glow”, tipo Kanye West durante la Graduation era quando era convinto (il gioco di parole l’ho ereditato da Tiberio Timperi) che grazie agli shade sunglasses potesse trombarsi il mondo intero, e vagli a di’ di no!
Dato che noi siamo impiccioni e ‘ste cose ci incuriosiscono non poco, abbiamo fatto un paio di calcoli stellari, qualche trilaterazione galattica, una merenda con burro d’arachidi e siamo così riusciti a carpire le coordinate lunari alle quali rivolgerci per contattarlo e chiedergli delucidazioni. Da lì siam partiti per poi arrivare a parlare della sua seconda passione dopo il cosplay, la musica, in vista del dj set che ci regalerà la notte di Halloween ai piedi del Vesuvio, ospitato dai ragazzi di Party Under Construction al Galleria 19 di Napoli.
Innanzitutto introduciamo la prima parte della sua bio:
It all began in 1986. It was the year Shook was born. As a young kid, Shook saw a light falling from the sky. It was the same night he stumbled on a pair of mysterious looking sun glasses. Shook wasn’t a big fan of taking worn items he had found in the forest home, but against his principles he picked up the glasses and put them in his pocket. At that moment Shook felt a shiver running through his spine. A strange feeling came over him. He didn’t know what it was, but it felt as if someone – or something – was lurking in the dark, watching him…
Hi Shook! I’ve read your comic-bio on your website and noticed that all those weird things happened in the same year that other paranormals facts hit Kavinsky. Was the 1986 a particulary eventful year out there in France?
I actually learned about Kavinsky long after I released ‘The Glow’-EP. 1986 is the year I was born. One of my first memories was looking out of my window at night and witnessing something falling from the sky. It frightened me, but also made me very curious, so I decided to go outside to have a look. When I arrived at an open spot in the forrest, I found a pair of sunglasses. It took them home and stored them away. Years later I came across them once again and I felt a sudden urge to put them on. As soon as I did, a strange ‘Glow’ came over me. It felt as if I was invincible, and my body and mind were tingling with inspiration and creativity. Shortly after that strange occurrence, I released my first EP: ‘The Glow’.
I can’t understand what kind of superpower your comic alter ego has. Can he watch through clothes? Can he get drunk just drinking water?
No, nothing like that. I can make a force field and shoot energy-beams playing synthesizer jams.
How did you get into making music?
It’s been a passion my whole life, and it was an outlet for everything I did. It just seemed natural. Like a calling. I’m very fortunate I can make a living of it.
As I can read on your soundcloud account, the only following you gave was for Breakbot. Is Him your one and only inspiration?
No definitely not. I really like the music he makes, but I get inspiration from a lot of music, old en new.
Few months ago I interviewed Alan Braxe and talking about contemporary electro French scene he mentioned you as one to watch, Do you feel like the worthy son of that previous generation of French acts?
I feel really honoured that he mentioned me. To be honest, I don’t really think about where I belong in a certain musical scene or genre. I just make the music out of love and am not too worried about it fitting in a certain musical genre.
Love For You is so damn romantic, the perfect jam that can make a girl fall in love. Do you think this may help me to find a girlfriend? Have you ever used your music to win a girl’s heart?
Haha I don’t know, but give it a try!
I couldn’t find any credit for vocals on Love For You, so I supposed that you sang on that, is it true? So you can sing?
After releasing some Ep’s, are you going to drop your debut Lp? Can you unveil something from your future projects?
Currently I am hard at work on my debut album, which is scheduled for release early 2013. A lot of time and energy goes into that process, since I try to make no compromises in creating it. I’ll most likely release a few singles before the actual release. In between I have performances scheduled at some great venues across Europe, like the upcoming one at Galleria. There are a couple of other great developments, but I can’t give too much away yet. Follow me on my facebook, or my website and I will make sure I keep you posted. My fans mean the world to me and it’s an honour to share my musical journey with them.