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È quasi trascorso un intero anno scolastico da quando abbiamo iniziato a collaborare con la crew de Le Cannibale e non vi nascondo che un po’ di nostalgia mi sopravviene pensando alla piacevolezza con cui questi nove mesi sono volati. Ma ripongo in tasca il mio fazzoletto bianco asciuga-lacrime e mi consolo pensando che venerdì sul palchetto sempre affollato di simpatica gente di via Sammartini c’è quel bel bocconcino di Yuksek (con tanto di sfregamento di mani da cattivo bavoso dei cartoni animati).
Il bel faccino francese, originario di Reims e autore di tracce note ormai anche al grande pubblico come On a Train, Off The Wall, Extraball grazie soprattutto ai celeberrimi remix di The Magician e Breakbot, è uno ammanicato per bene: produce per l’amico del cuore Brodinski, ha in programma svariati djset in tour col mago sopracitato, e qualche anno fa era ospite fisso del party itinerante Bagged out!, tra i più prestigiosi d’Europa. Poi scopri che tutto ha avuto inizio quando la mamma l’ha obbligato a studiare pianoforte come tradizione comanda nelle migliori famiglie borghesi.
Yuksek ci farà battere i piedini a tempo col suo french touch (definizione che pare non rispecchiarlo totalmente a giudicare da come ha raccontato la sua musica) al Tunnel di Milano questo venerdì 11 maggio, sempre grazie agli amici Cannibali. Già so che appena mi dirà Salut! col suo scioglievole accento francese annegherò in un pozzo d’amore senza saper più spiccicare parola. A voi l’intervista in esclusiva per DLSO.
1. Hi Pierre, introduce yourself to our readers.
I’m Pierre, doing music, live performances and dj sets under the name Yuksek for 5 years now. I’m also doing production, album mixes or remixes for many artists since then….
2. Is it true that your nickname means “high” in turkish? Any anecdote to tell about it?
Nothing special, I don’t really remember how I chose this name, I’m not turkish, I didn’t wanted an english or french name and I saw Yuksek written somewhere.
3. Before you became one of the most recognised french dj all over the world, you studied piano for ten years. Don’t tell me that your passion for music started because your mother wanted to make you the perfect guy to marry!
In a way yes, to be the perfect child, but after enjoying it for years I became a stupid teenager! I’m really happy to have this background, it’s a part of me, and that period of my life made me realize that I will do everything possible to make music for my all life, which is quiet serious plan.
4. Talking about the piano, what do you think about all the young phenomenons like James Blake or Nicholas Jaar? Have they got real talent or are they a little bit overrated?
I think they are both really talented, but sometimes suddenly all the musical press gets crazy about something, we never know really why… and 2 months later it’s something else, may be they gonna kill their next record even if it’s as good as the first…
5. What’s the best collaboration in music you ever had? I’m curious about your friendship with Brodinski and with Breakbot.
I had fun times in studio with Brodinski but now we don’t have much time to work together. He is a really funny person and he gave me freshness. That was fun to work with and for him, he is not musician but he’s got ideas and feelings to make good tracks and he need musicians and producers like me to make it real. Breakbot is a friend but we never collaborate musically, he remixed one of my song. My last collaboration is called Peter & The Magician with Stephen Fassano (ex-aeroplane), he’s such a great person! We met last year and decided to spend some times in the studio to produce, then came our first EP on Kitsuné. We plan to play together later this year on stage.
6. Some of your songs, such as Tonight o Extraball, have been choosen as soundtrack of important tv commercials. Do you like to work with/for the advertising?
It’s not really collaboration, some companies took one of my songs and used it for a tv commercial, so you have to take care of the project but it’s most of the time good money and exposure opportunities.
7. In your opinion, what’s the future of the French house?
Honestly I never been part of any “house” movement and I don’t like house music too much, I like indie pop and electro or even disco, so you better ask this to Sound Pellegrino or Brodinski…
8. And what are your future plans?
Many, a new “special” record for the end of the year, lot of concerts with the band, a new Ep and dj sets with The Magician…
9. You can attend the last concert of your life. What artist is on the stage?
Joy Division and The Horrors.
10. Ok Pierre, we have finished, thank you for your time. Greet our followers in your favourite language and suggest us an album you would give to your best friend.
Je Vous Aime à l’italienne!
De La Soul – 3 Feet High And Risin, it’s the perfect “friendship” album.
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