Where and when did you start recording ‘Thirst’?
I started in the middle of the Charlotte Gainsbourg album production and the participation of the Frank Ocean’s “Blond” album. The Balance between the two styles and the two different human being were a source of inspiration to me. Charlotte Gainsbourg moved to NYC and Frank Ocean was traveling between Los Angeles & London, and I was Djing at the same time. So everything started in the middle of a bit everywhere.
What is the collaborative process like for you? How does it shape the music?
When you are producing for somebody, you have to hide yourself to let emerge the project of the artist. You’re really here entirely for the project, even when the artist don’t know exactly where he want to go. You’re kind of a midwife in a way.
You’ve called upon an impressive list of artists to feature on the 14-track album, how and why did you decide on which artists to invite to collaborate?
Even if I deliberately chose most of them, I didn’t really “decided”. That just happened by traveling, meeting some artists. I started making some tracks and collaborations without knowing that it will be an album. It’s just after few tracks that I realized that the album will have this shape.
You are known for bringing different styles together as one on the new record – from European techno and electro to classic pop and R&B, hip-hop and American gospel – how do you approach the blending of different styles and what do you like most about blending different styles together?
I am not blending voluntary all this. It just comes out of my head as something already blended, that’s probably how my brain digest and reject all the informations.
You are involved heavily in fashion and culture, what inspires/influences you in these area’s? & How did you first get involved in fashion and culture and eventually playing runways for major high end labels such as YSL?
The Saint-Laurent’s team approached me when I was finishing the Charlotte Gainsbourg’s album. Her A.D. and video Director, Nathalie Canguilhem had the idea to make bridge between them and me. I didn’t know nothing about the fashion world. The lonely idea I had about this concept was to create entirely the music especially for each shows. To musically “dress” the show. Like a soundtrack. We tried once with the Artist Director of Saint-Laurent Anthony Vaccarello, and cause it worked and the feeling were good, we continued all together since almost 4 years now.
What are you currently working on in the fashion/culture?
For now I am just working with Saint Laurent cause we have a good feeling together. I am a faithful person.
Which other artists are you listening to at the moment?
I like JPEGmafia, A.K. Paul, The FKA Twiggs’s “Cellophane” is beautiful, or the band Lightning Bolt.
What do you like doing away from music/fashion/culture?
80% Music, 20% reading. Literally nothing else.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2019 going into 2020?
Don’t want to think about it, I couldn’t breathe anymore. But Great Things!
Posted by SebastiAn on Friday, 8 November 2019
Talking about THIRST – track by track with Jack
Posted by SebastiAn on Sunday, 10 November 2019