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France has been blessed with far more than it’s fair share of talented electronic duo, as evidenced by the furore caused by Todd Edwards manager revealing he was to remix a famous french duo and the resulting internet chatosphere meltdown,with 5-6 names that could have all fitted the bill and superstars Daft Punk and Justice being most peoples picks. A name that may have found itself on that list if the question had been asked a few years in the future may well be Remote, a Parisian music duo and friendship forged by a deep love and apperciation of all things musical. Newly signed to Gesaffelstein’s Zone Records after being noticed on a french blog by The Hacker, it appears to be onwards and upwards for this pairing. We caught up with Remote to talk about how they came to be, where they’re going and their appreciation of London’s Fabric!

Where does the name Remote come from?

Well we don’t really know exactly why we chose this name! But we were pleased to come up with it finally as it good for us and suited us on several levels as we aren’t in the mainstream, we are a remote band and initially we were working on our projects from a distance sending each other files on skype.  Seb would work at this place and me at my places. So there was some distance.

How did you two guys meet?

Well we met as Seb was a sound engineer from my previous project- an electro rock band called Henry Goes Dirty and we met to produce this project. Afterwards became friends and decided to start a new project. together

What led you to make a foray  in electronic music?

For my part I am not a collection of records- I listen to a lot of records without knowing the names! I used to be a musician and play bass in a lot of bands and in the early 90’s I thought electronic music was very exciting as you could make music all by yourself and for Seb it’s a similar story. We just hear something and think yes this is cool or it’s not.

If you could play literally anywhere where would you play?

It’s in your city! I would say Fabric in London. I’ve never been but it is a fantasy of ours to play the there.

Your style is quite is eclectic. Is this a deliberate choice?

We don’t think about anything other than making good music so a lot depends on our mood. We just let it flow organically and try to make it without thinking. I ask myself this question all the time. We don’t do it on purpose we just try to pick up on the good stuff.

Is there any particular mood  or processes you go though you find particularly productive?

The poorer we are the better the music we make! I don’t know the process but some urgency from being broke can be productive. Although we aren’t motivated by money first, money comes second to our music and then if it makes money too this is awesome.

How did you come to be on Zone Records? Are their any label mates you’d like to work with?

We put out a free record in September on a French blog called guru and the Hacker picked up a track and put it on his RA chart so we emailed him with some more material and he liked it so it went from there. We’d love to work with Gessafelstein who’s a very talented guy.  Crackboy is also a very good producer who we’d like to work with. We have a project with Matt Walsh which we’re excited about which will go on his compilation next October and a few releases on Clouded Vision later on.

What do you do outside music? How do you relax?

Seb is working! We try to make money! To relax? We smoke weed and make music! Music is life.

What are your future plans?

We’ve got a series of releases which will be coming out on a few different labels such as Clouded Vision and other, we really want to expand into other countries and perhaps release on other labels than the French ones. We’ll continue playing our parties in Paris and hopefully make our way over to the UK and other countries in the future.

Finally can you tell us something about each other we might not know?

Ha! Well Seb is an expert cookie maker! But more seriously music is our all. I can’t say more than that.

Check out their new music video below


Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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