Two new tracks, one wild and passionate, the other machine-like and relentless.
I was invited to Copenhagen along with the Trouw boys to play at Distortion festival and we took the opportunity to spend a few days up there. Saw an extraordinary modern art museum, Louisiana. Spent some wonderful days with the crew at an architect’s apartment in the awesome Norrebro neighborhood, eating great food and enjoying our sun-drenched roof terrace. The festival itself is oozing with character and punk-rock attitude. We got to host our own Trouw tent and brought disco ball installation with us from Amsterdam…eye candy! Good times, thank you CPH!
These are all the confirmed dates for my upcoming coast-to-coast-to-coast US tour:
March 2: PLAY @ The End Up / San Francisco;
March 8: TBA Brooklyn / NYC;
March 9: SWIM @ Elks Lodge / Boston;
March 15: P.U.N.C.H.I.S. @ Beta, Denver;
March 22: V SS L Los Angeles.
March 23: to be announced
I just want to say that dealing with all the lovely people in the States who made this happen got me really excited for this tour. Thank you guys so much!
Artwork for the upcoming edition of Black Magic at Trouw on Feb 22 with Byetone live. The future is here and it looks dark.
First of many releases of 2013 to come out on EX, this one’s vintage Bäumel techno.
Cover of the new EX release “Lost In The Garden Of Eden” (EX 3) is ready. A bottle of bleach, a strip of 35mm film and my trusty letterboard took care of the job. Music to follow shortly…
This is the kind of music I would love to play all the time, really close to my heart.
I did the music for another Nike video, good fun, especially since running is the one thing that keeps me fit and sane.
Clement is one of France’s hottest dj’s at the moment and an ambassador of the Parisian Techno scene. Prior to his appearance at my Black Magic night at Trouw Amsterdam on Saturday, Nov 24 I got in touch with Clement and we spoke about Paris, inspiration, gear and other things.
Patrice Bäumel: Clement, you have been a fixture of the Paris nightlife for the past few years, with residencies at places like Social Club and Rex. How do you view the local Parisian scene in 2012?
Clement Meyer: Well, the Parisian scene is currently bigger, more diverse and more exciting than ever. Every weekend , we have 4,5,6 great parties with amazing djs. People are more and more into warehouse parties and “secret places”. There’s a new generation of party harders with strong tastes.
I’m holding a residency at Rex Club, it’s still the most important club in Paris. Every time, you can see people are getting more and more open minded, they don’t want to see the same boring headliner for years. They just want to listen to new stuff, young guns and underground music. This is very stimulating actually, definitely this is a cool period for anybody in Paris who likes Techno.
PB: With such a huge amount of techno artists currently living in Berlin, what would be good arguments to try Paris instead?
CM: Berlin and Paris are just completely different. In Berlin, techno is like blood in your veins, you can feel the music everywhere. Paris is a small and diverse city where “Art de vivre” and culture in general is important. Of course no need to say it’s the perfect place for restaurants! I like the aestheticism of both cities.
PB: The sound of your productions is unusually dark and independent from any current trends, both things I really like. It makes me curious to hear more about your musical influences, past and present. Can you shed some light on this?
CM: I wouldn’t say “dark” . I love when the groove comes from the weirdness. I like when it sounds “raw” , bassy, analog, with distortion, unusual effects and when it’s recognizable. My influences are wide : white funk, italo, noisy pop, drone, ambient, synth pop. I’m not snobbish, i’m curious above all so for me it’s important to dig unknown music all the time. This is your role as a Dj and this is essential as a producer.
PB: People are always curious to hear what kind of equipment producers are into. What does your studio look like? And how do you see the eternal analog vs digital debate?
CM: For me analog and digital are not in competition. It’s just tools you can combine to create the best music you can. It’s simple as that. I love both actually for different reasons. Analog is better to get the groove and the “live” effect in your production. And digital is also great to boost your creativity and find incredible sounds. I work on Ableton Live with external effects and softwares from soundtoys, applied accoustic system, xils-lab and many others.
PB: I would like to know more about the person behind the artist. What are your passions, interests and inspirations beyond music?
I’d say cinema and documentaries are my second passion. It’s a great way to get inspiration in your music, to feel your music like a movie soundtrack.. i love that!
Thank you Clement!
Patrice Bäumel is a forward-thinking German audiovisual artist, dj and producer currently living in Amsterdam. He describes his own style of music as “modern dance music for adults”. Next to running his own free label, he is a resident dj at Trouw, one of Europe’s leading venues for electronic music. As of 2012, Patrice Bäumel extends his stage performance with a visual component, acknowledging the need of today’s educated crowds for a more expressive overall stage experience. The artistic focus lies on emotion, not technology.
DJ Set recorded on Oct 27, 2012 at Trouw Amsterdam. Great night…
My happiest production in a while, with all the bells and whistles to keep the party going.