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Pierre-Alexandre Busson  AKA Yuksek, a name that has created a stir with his prolific collaborations and style crossovers within the scene, is one of the hottest producers currently around. From his solo productions, to his work with Alex Metric (The Alexanders) and The Magician (Peter and The Magician), Yuksek has been a pioneer over the years paying his dues by paving the way for the next wave of producers.

Pierre greets me with apologies for not pulling himself away from his creative flow; from the get go Pierre is humble yet passionate about his career. We start by talking over what he’s been working on. He lets out a reserved doubt over his fresh production and how he prefers working with others; admitting uncertainty of what might come next. Extinguishing a cigarette, he tells me how he’s still finding his feet for the record he’s spending the summer writing but I’m pretty certain that what comes next will be greater than the previous. Pierre is tired from the crazy few weeks he’s had, bouncing between Cannes, Switzerland and Poland then flying back for the release of the PartyFine compilation in Paris.

PartyFine is the brainchild of Pierre and his friends, assembling a family of talented management, producers and designers; Pierre has created a culture for the music he loves.

When asked what he looks for when deciding whether it’s PartyFine, he describes “Happy, electronic, Disco vibes… but [I’m] open to whatever”. As he evolves as a producer, he expects the same for the label. Pierre describes how he would like to go down every possible avenue, maybe creating his own take on Pop with a PartyFine twist; he jokes that he would probably go as far as dark techno, which is not exactly his forte, but notes his love for labels like Bromance.

The label is done all off his own back keeping it independent but, like all things, finances stop the world of music progressing.

“I don’t have the money to fully develop artists. For sure, if I find something interesting to make a record, maybe I’ll find the right partners like Major Labels”

He emphasises how that is the dream, but the dream isn’t the highest priority as there’s still time. We move back onto his hectic schedule, reflecting on the parties held at Club Showcase in Paris.

“Usually I don’t care about if it’s full or not, but this one was important [to me] as I wanted to show the music progression”

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Pierre walks me through the night, how the show opened with Clarens and Juveniles DJ set; starting off with a chilled vibe Clarens and Juveniles deliver. Following on from the new comers, next up Zimmer and Crayon, these two have been making a name for themselves; “They just did their style”. Of course no great party is complete without Pierre and Alex Metric bringing a set as The Alexanders.

The relationship between Yuksek and Crayon has been spoken about over the years, stemming from when Pierre heard the Crayon remix of his and The Magicians record that Kitsuné asked for; he loved Crayon’s take, comparing his funky style to that of Breakbot.

“I thought he was really interesting, I felt something good would come from him, so I [started to] followed him and asked for a remix for the second [Peter and The Magician] PartyFine release”

Pierre continues to sing Crayon’s praises, “he’s a really great guy, [he’s] really slow with production as he tries to do his best and nails it every time”. You can listen to the production on a Crayon track and he includes his signature style and places his stamp on it. “I’m sure he’s going to deliver a new EP soon, quite possibly a mini album as he has a lot of unfinished songs”, hinting at what’s on the horizon for the young Parisian. Crayon is not the only producer Pierre has a lot of hope for, he’s also focusing on compilation opener Clarens and Parisian duo Get A Room!

We compare the British take on the French vibe, especially with brands including Shut The Front Door endorsing the upbeat, perfect for summer sounds. Pierre informs me of the struggles he’s faced when trying to impress the UK.

“I don’t know why, I always do great shows in London. Every time I go out of London, it’s just not as crazy”

Pierre reflects back on the live shows with his full band, “I found it a bit difficult to be honest”. “I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because I’m not doing any of the British sound”. He’s fascinated by the current state of the British scene noting artists like Disclosure but explains “you have too many interesting people in England”; Pierre laughs and shrugs it off as he knows the struggle first-hand.

Pierre tries not to ask himself how the scene will shift, he continues to stay confident with his production decisions and his compilation choice. Having chosen his team wisely; He’s built a family, a brand and the beginning of a new culture. His own styles have influenced many others, including the artists who feature on the compilation; they’re his army of musicians.

The compilation is true to Pierre‘s vision, a soulful summer selection of disco and electro which has not gone unnoticed by some of the biggest players in the industry. Yuksek presents PartyFine Vol.1 is the beginning for the French label and its artists, ending its first year at full speed with plenty of tricks still left up their sleeves.

Yuksek presents PartyFine Vol.1  is available at: itunes.apple.com/gb/album/partyfine-vol.-1/id874709089

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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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