Shcaa delivers another stunning 33min performance alongside his latest EP!
The now Paris based Producer/Dj treats us with a complementary interview where he talks about his love for raw art & music!
.Could you tell me a little bit about yourself? Where you are from? Why did you move to the UK? Why you are back in Paris now? What have you been doing since you moved out of south of France?
S: I am French/Lebanese, born in Paris. I left Paris quite young for south of France, then I spent my teen years in Tunisia where I dived deep into Rock n’ Roll and a bit of IDM. At the age of 17, I moved to London for my studies and it is where I really grew in electronics. I got my diploma just before last summer and now live in Paris . It is really the best place for me right now, I was not expecting to love it that much, so it is fantastic!
What are your current/future projects? Any that had/has a particular impact on you?
S: I have several vinyls as Shcaa to be released this year, so I have a lot of work on this part. I usually don’t do collaborations.
On the other hand I am focusing on my big project, an LP which might take years, but I don’t mind, music is not my only life.
It is not going to be previously heard Shcaa style, but rather something more human and closer to what I wanted to do when I first started playing music. Now that I have a bit more confidence, I do not feel the need to hide behind a wall of pure electronic to express myself. The planned LP will exhibit all types of instruments that I will play myself. I will also dedicate focus lyrics that I write everyday.
It will be something that you can sleep on at night, something calm, romantic and extremely deep.
I have been jamming with great musicians recently and had such sensations that all that counts for me right now is “playing music for real”. Nevertheless I will still include my skills in sculpting the sound with electronics for the studio part. I also started playing the bass and I just love it, I am like a kid these days!
Any projects/interests aside from music?
S: I am slowly getting into painting. I am happy enough with what I am doing to continue but I am still very far from showing anything to people, but hopefully I will get to this point one day.
It is like music, I am learning everything by myself, just like my guitar or my electronic productions. It is a longer process because you struggle a lot with basic matters that a teacher or a book could solve very easily, but I think that it is in the struggle that you avoid standardizing yourself and find your own ways of doing things.
I also read a lot and try to enrich my cinematographic and artistic culture; for this Paris really is the place.
Your music has evolved a lot since I first met you 3 years ago, what has been the musical maturing process for you?
S: Listening, listening, listening. Above all, don’t be a fool to think that by listening a lot of techno you’ll do good techno.. You’ll just do some boring techno, you need to listen everything, watch everything, all things are linked in this world, all arts, the nature, human relations; They all have common facets, and that’s what I am trying to perceive.
Also I filter everything that is just slightly “average”, only the excellence (which does not mean perfection) has a place, even if it means considering stuff you do and have done as average, but then you have one track that reach this inner criteria and you are the happiest guy of that particular moment.
Nowadays people want to get closer to the artist and get a better feeling of his musical construction and interpretation. Live shows are thus more and more common. I personally think this is great! What about you? Is it something you are willing to concentrate on rather than conventional dj mixes? How is it helping you to connect with your range of musical influences?
S: For me Djing is a completely separate dimension, and I will always be Djing because it is the art of the tastes, the analysis of your audience. But I will surely do a live show, probably 2014 will be the year. I just want to do a real live, not just pressing buttons and moving faders, because this can quickly be the most boring thing ever. So when the day comes I will ll be arriving on stage with a mic, my guitar, some analog stuff and jamming on the minimal loops I will be building from my laptop. The podcast I have made is a debut, but I am very anxious when it comes to playing in front of people even for Djing, so playing instruments will be a big step for me.
I know for a fact that you are a big rock fan, your last podcast for Archipel describes this evidently, not a lot of people sort of dare joining both, it is usually always classical or jazzy. Therefore is it something you would like to concentrate on further in the future?
S: Yes I listen much rock, jazz, classical and ambient; much more than dancy things, that is for sure! Even in electronics I am much more into the Warp style of music. I think few stuffs have the same depth in club, only Perlon, Faitiche and few others.. I just love electronics, for it is like painting something, you can just spend months correcting every microscopic detail (even thought I believe some things deserve to be left in their natural form, it’s a whole balance, hence the need for instrumental). As I said this is definitely what I will focus on in the future, nothing can match the sound of a real instruments, nevertheless I will never stop using electronics as a tool of polishing the frequencies.
Now I spend more time practicing my instruments than producing, also because my experience in softwares helps me to produce way faster than I did before.
You are a big record digger as well! How did this love for wax surface? Maybe some sort of contra-flow statement to the current music industry?
S: Yeah even vinyl is mainstream now.. whatever aha. I never stop buying records, and the worst is that now I cannot prevent myself from buying those rarer and more expensive stuff, so basically all my income from Djing goes into records.
Beyond the un-imitated sound of a wax record, I think they somehow maintain the value of the art piece in a society constantly reducing it through mass consumption. I am quite proud of my little collection, especially because I think it is more peculiar than many other Dj’s in the industry.
Tell me about Paris, seems like it is finally opening to diversity in electronic/dance music triggered by some communities of promoters and record labels. Most recently I have heard of “spot bleu” and “malibu” as brand new concepts, what is your opinion on this? how does it differ from what you have experienced in London?
S: I don’t go out very often in Paris, at least not for techno. Paris will find it’s place in the Europe dance scene when it will stop trying to be like Berlin and London, I think Parisians need more intellectual stuff. They don’t really have a club culture, no matter what they say, they just have a party culture which is different I think. Moreover I’m not interested in party culture… Malibu is great though and Spot bleu is magic, I really hope it will carry on and that other projects like that will appear in the next years that’s the kind of stuff Paris needs.
You are also a big painting lover, abstract and nature morte, please tell me more about this?
S: Painting just moves me, I do not even want to try express my feelings.. Everything is linked, I literally see music you know. Music is made of colours, shades and spaces. What interests me in painting is the choice of colours above all. But then I’m open to anything, ultramodernist to much more classical works, I am absolutely mad of impressionism, but also more symbolic things like Redon, or realistic arts like Ilya Repin.
What is the next step for you? What do you have in mind? Anything that you have always wanted to do?
S: Don’t be surprised if you see me in an alternative rock band someday… Also I as I mentioned earlier, this LP… it is really important for me it’s the only thing I think about!
Interview by PH PARADIS.