Sue Avenue – The Partae Interview
Who makes up Sue Avenue, and where are you guys currently based?
Sue Avenue is a Ghent based music project, coordinated by myself Pieter Santens, and for me new track ‘Try’ plus most of the previous releases, I’ve been working together with my good friend Hannes Ledoux. Over time we have developed a smooth and regular studio workflow.
For those not already familiar with your sound, how would you describe your music genre?
Warm electronic music, inspired by house music and a bunch of other genres.
How did you get into music?
For as long as I can remember I’ve been always been fascinated by music and instruments with keys. My first instrument was the organ, and afterward that I also got a piano. Producing came later on after I got more into the electronic genres such as House.
Could you talk us through your studio set up, are there any specific bit of equipment you always use?
There are a variety of synths which come and go, plus a lot of percussion and also some microphones. As mentioned previously I’m fascinated by keys, and also have a piano as part of my set up. I also use bunch of midi controllers, and at the centre of everything I use Ableton Live to record and capturing everything. Lately I’ve also been using a lot of the Elektron stuff, such as the Analog Rytm and Octatrack, and when working also with Hannes we almost always use the guitar and Rhodes.
Your forthcoming release on Lany Recordings features a remix from Brett Johnson, could you tell us a bit about the release?
This release is a special one, since it’s the follow-up to the first ever Sue Avenue release, which came out on Lany Recordings back in December 2015. Maxim Lany who runs the label for a long time had planned to release the EP’s title track ‘Back From Home’, and when we finished the second the second track ‘Try’ we all knew it was the right moment for our next release with the label.
I understand your next EP also features the vocals of Marta Del Grandi on the track called “Try”… have you worked with her before, and what is it about her voice that works with your music?
We have a good connection, and we’ve had a lot of studio time together, which makes the process of recording and making music together effortless. For the Sue Avenue tracks, it’s the softness and fragility of her voice that makes it work so well.
Many people first became aware of your music following your official cover of Crystal Waters anthemic track ‘Gypsy Woman’, is there a story behind how that track came to fruition?
When me and Hannes where jamming in the studio back in 2014, we found the midi-notes on a blog for the main synth line in Gypsy Woman, and immediately started experimenting. We quickly had a complete rework of the track, and since at the time we were already working with Marta (who also sings on Try) we decided to re-record a cover of the original track’s vocals. At the time we didn’t plan to release it, as there were already a lot of remixes of the track out there, but a lot of people seemed to like it, and Maxim was pushing us to add it to the Same Same release we already had signed to the label. We agreed to sign it but only if Crystal Waters approved us using the vocal and synth notes, so when they gave us official approval the rest just fell into place.
Outside of music what are your other interests, and do they influence your sound?
One of the main things that influence my sound, is the fact that I like stories. I like to think in concepts that make things glue together, so that it almost seems destined to be like that.
What do you have lined up after your release on Lany Recordings, do you have any other forthcoming releases or other exciting projects we should be on the lookout for?
The following Sue Avenue releases will be on King Street Sounds in December, and also on Nervous Records in January. Besides those, I’m also working on a lot of new stuff, which should be ready sometime in 2018.
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