by the partae

What is your name and role within Masomenos?

J : I’m Joan, Masomenos is a playground I have been sharing with Adrien since 10 years now. For all this time we have both taken different roles, but as far as the music is concerned I’m more of a music digger / DJ.

A : …Whereas I am focused on producing music and don’t really keep up with collecting music. I was always happy and lucky to be surrounded with people (specially Joan) who were sharing their gems with me, leaving me free from having too much references in my own work.

J : We both have a background in visual creation and I love to doodle and draw with a simple sharpie. More recently I’ve experimented a bit with painting and VJ-ing.

A : we both play together for the artistic direction and layouts. I also love playing with Joan’s illustrations that have become our “brand” and turn them into digital art installations like we did with La Hutte, the Masomenos dance class and others…

How did you start?

Well we met! We fell in love! And then we started being creative together. We had a request to produce a soundtrack for a fashion show, with a third fellow, and we had to find a name for our project. We chose Masomenos as we were just back from a trip in Mexico where more or less everything is Masomenos.

Where are you based?

In Paris. Family is here!

Please give an example of your music writing process?

A : Well, organic might be the best word. It also depends on the studio setup. Like a lot of musicians nowadays, I’m building a modular set-up and have to say I am dazzled by the infinite creativity it offers.

What are you working on right now?

A : Music wise, I’ve just finished a Masomenos album, uap that will most likely be presented as a dance play.

I’ve also been involved in a band project called MidiMinuit with an amazing classical musician and my fellow Caesar Merveille.

J : well as we just had a baby, I’m pausing the creative work for a bit. Great thing is we now have a great team working with us so we can keep on working with the installations, the graphics and so on!

What is your gear setup?

A : analog synth modular mixer mic … friends

What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?

J&A : We love working on installations, where we consider the music more as a soundscape, so it’s a different way of creating it.


How would you describe your music genre?

J&A : electronic and organic, hopeful!

What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?

J&A :We love to work on creating installations, and there we consider the music more as a soundscape, so it’s another way of creating it.



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