Montmartre Interview : Photo: Alexis Dubourdieu

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Montmartre: Influenced By The ‘French Touch’ Sound

Montmartre talk French Touch, new music, working with vocalists and a lot more.

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Montmartre have been building a name for themselves over the last few years and their reputation continues to grow. The Parisian duo have been influenced by the French Touch and electronic scene, which you can hear clearly within their tracks. They have recently released their brand new single ‘When You Feel It’ which features Charlotte P and this is a single which sounds great. Check out what the guys have to say below.

Looking back at the start of your career a few years ago as Montmartre, how did you end up forming the duo? Was this always the career you both wanted to pursue in electronic music?

In fact, at the beginning we didn’t come from the same music scene. Hugo had a pop/rock band and Alex was producing Progressive/House, so our collaboration came with friendship first then we decided to mix our musical influences. So we can say that we are living the career we want nowadays !

Residing in Paris, how influential was the Parisian scene and the French electronic music scene in the way that your produce music, and also the sound which you both have become known for?

We both grew up listening to Daft Punk when we were kids and as we became older we began to dig more into the electronic French touch scene and the following French artists that made this typical “French” sound. It has totally influenced us, but we wanted to move forward and do our thing, mixing all our influences without copying anyone.

It’s been over a year now since Montmartre released their first album ‘Hope’ and the praise for the album was very high indeed. Did the success of the album spur you both on to continue to produce music?

The album didn’t take off as we expected, we couldn’t reach as much people as we wanted due to business issues. Anyway that’s kind of a new beginning for us, we can go ahead and try new things. We don’t really like to work on the same music everyday so we need to move forward and experience new things, that’s how we produce the best music.

Recently you have released the new single ‘When You Feel It’ which features Charlotte P. Can you tell us a little about the track and the influences behind it? 

This song has been made in 4 phases, first the chorus was really inspiring and we wanted to make something with it. So we found all the other parts and decided to write a song with it because we were really excited with the positive vibe of the melodies. As always there’s a lot of influences on it, we can’t really tell and point it, but it’s a new way of doing things and we’re really proud of it.

Working with Charlotte P, was it easy to work her vocals in with the track, or did they naturally fit into the production you had made in the studio?

We first started to work with her on another production and we were attracted by this original voice tone. So we kind of “remixed” it and she came back later to add new lyrics, and we finished the track. We like her “female/male” voice, because it’s different and interesting.

As Montmartre are a duo, has there ever been times when you disagree with each other about where things should go or what you both should do next? 

Of course we’re not from the same music world so we have to find a way just in the middle that please the two of us. Actually that’s what makes us different and who we are. And that’s life in general!

I also wanted to ask about your studio set-up. Is there any key pieces of equipment or software which you use when producing your tracks? 

It’s all about playing music, finding notes with guitars or keyboards and then when the music is here. We take the time to click and click again on Logic to find interesting textures by putting effects on everything followed by hours of mixing and then take a break. That’s the key of us.

In terms of producing music in the studio, or performing it on stage, would you say that you have a preference as to what you would rather do?

That’s a good question, we spend a lot of time in our studio making music and finding our sound, that’s the first thing that linked us at the beginning. We really like to be relax and calm in the studio. But when it’s time to be in front of a lot of people, it’s amazing and so exciting to be on stage performing our own music. It’s just different…

Looking to the future, what can fans of Montmartre expect in terms of new music over the summer months? Will there be more singles like ‘When You Feel It’?

We’re working on it, no one knows what will come next, even ourselves. We are currently experiencing new things so we don’t want to hurry. We’ll see, we like to surprise.

Is there any particular artists out there you would like to work with in the studio, and if so, why?

There’s a lot actually, especially vocals artists, that’s what give sense to our music. Finding a voice to spread our words and our meanings…we don’t have a list sorry!

Finally, what would be your one piece of advice for an artist looking to break onto the scene and become involved within electronic music?

Just keep on working and never stop doing music for pleasure! Don’t think about doing it for success and money.

For more information on Montmartre:
https://www.facebook.com/montmartremusic/
https://twitter.com/Montmartremusic
https://soundcloud.com/montmartremusic

Photo Credit: Alexis Dubourdieu

Montmartre.

Montmartre have been building a name for themselves over the last few years and their reputation continues to grow. The Parisian duo have been influenced by the French Touch and electronic scene, which you can hear clearly within their tracks. They have recently released their brand new single ‘When You Feel It’ which features Charlotte P and this is a single which sounds great. Check out what the guys have to say below.

Looking back at the start of your career a few years ago as Montmartre, how did you end up forming the duo? Was this always the career you both wanted to pursue in electronic music?

In fact, at the beginning we didn’t come from the same music scene. Hugo had a pop/rock band and Alex was producing Progressive/House, so our collaboration came with friendship first then we decided to mix our musical influences. So we can say that we are living the career we want nowadays !
Residing in Paris, how influential was the Parisian scene and the French electronic music scene in the way that your produce music, and also the sound which you both have become known for?

We both grew up listening to Daft Punk when we were kids and as we became older we began to dig more into the electronic French touch scene and the following French artists that made this typical “French” sound. It has totally influenced us, but we wanted to move forward and do our thing, mixing all our influences without copying anyone.

Montmartre.

It’s been over a year now since Montmartre released their first album ‘Hope’ and the praise for the album was very high indeed. Did the success of the album spur you both on to continue to produce music?

The album didn’t take off as we expected, we couldn’t reach as much people as we wanted due to business issues. Anyway that’s kind of a new beginning for us, we can go ahead and try new things. We don’t really like to work on the same music everyday so we need to move forward and experience new things, that’s how we produce the best music.

Recently you have released the new single ‘When You Feel It’ which features Charlotte P. Can you tell us a little about the track and the influences behind it? 

This song has been made in 4 phases, first the chorus was really inspiring and we wanted to make something with it. So we found all the other parts and decided to write a song with it because we were really excited with the positive vibe of the melodies. As always there’s a lot of influences on it, we can’t really tell and point it, but it’s a new way of doing things and we’re really proud of it.

Montmartre.

Working with Charlotte P, was it easy to work her vocals in with the track, or did they naturally fit into the production you had made in the studio?

We first started to work with her on another production and we were attracted by this original voice tone. So we kind of “remixed” it and she came back later to add new lyrics, and we finished the track. We like her “female/male” voice, because it’s different and interesting.

As Montmartre are a duo, has there ever been times when you disagree with each other about where things should go or what you both should do next? 

Of course we’re not from the same music world so we have to find a way just in the middle that please the two of us. Actually that’s what makes us different and who we are. And that’s life in general!

I also wanted to ask about your studio set-up. Is there any key pieces of equipment or software which you use when producing your tracks? 

It’s all about playing music, finding notes with guitars or keyboards and then when the music is here. We take the time to click and click again on Logic to find interesting textures by putting effects on everything followed by hours of mixing and then take a break. That’s the key of us.

Montmartre.

In terms of producing music in the studio, or performing it on stage, would you say that you have a preference as to what you would rather do?

That’s a good question, we spend a lot of time in our studio making music and finding our sound, that’s the first thing that linked us at the beginning. We really like to be relax and calm in the studio. But when it’s time to be in front of a lot of people, it’s amazing and so exciting to be on stage performing our own music. It’s just different…

Looking to the future, what can fans of Montmartre expect in terms of new music over the summer months? Will there be more singles like ‘When You Feel It’?

We’re working on it, no one knows what will come next, even ourselves. We are currently experiencing new things so we don’t want to hurry. We’ll see, we like to surprise.

Is there any particular artists out there you would like to work with in the studio, and if so, why?

There’s a lot actually, especially vocals artists, that’s what give sense to our music. Finding a voice to spread our words and our meanings…we don’t have a list sorry!

Montmartre.

Finally, what would be your one piece of advice for an artist looking to break onto the scene and become involved within electronic music?

Just keep on working and never stop doing music for pleasure! Don’t think about doing it for success and money.

For more information on Montmartre:
https://www.facebook.com/montmartremusic/
https://twitter.com/Montmartremusic
https://soundcloud.com/montmartremusic

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