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February 22, 2012
Introducing the teenage founder of the Parisian We Are Underage parties and newest Ed Banger club maven
- Text by Cyrus Goberville
Victor Aime may only be 19-years-old, but with six years of nightlife experience under his belt, he is somewhat of a young, precocious club impresario as the founder of the Underage Parties, providing the best electronic music to a crowd of young fans who couldn't legally attend any parties. These parties ran in parallel to the French Touch 2.0 and Ed Banger movements and it was no secret that Victor Aime was an early supporter of the label and of everything surrounding it. This naturally led him to becoming a full time employer of Ed Banger, recently releasing his first, somewhat controversial remix for Krazy Baldhead's "Subaraya Girl".
Satellite Voices: Tell us about your music industry journey. It's quite complex?
Victor Aime: Definitely! I started going to clubs at the age of 13. It was my first encounter with the night. I was bad at school and only dreamt about making out with girls. I realised that I didn't want to spend my life being exploited by some douchebags from business schools. I created a new concept called "We Are Underage" which coupled with the French Touch scene. But my involvement with the Ed Banger office was a total accident. They called me because they needed someone to work for them, and I answered that I had nothing much to do beside DJing at le Baron. So now it has been two years that I've been working for the label, and it's definitely a great experience.
SV: How does it feel to work at Ed Banger?
Victor Aime: It's a nebula of creativity. As DJ Mehdi used to say, there is no competition here at Ed Banger. When someone is succeeding, he's always trying to give others a push. For example, when Justice's first LP came out, it wasn't about jealousy but more about motivation for the rest of the team! Plus, my bosses are all very tight and friendly, and it's a particular situation I clearly appreciate.
SV: You just released your first remix, which ended up in controversy, mostly because of your social background. What are your thoughts?
Victor Aime: It took me so long to release a track. I really wanted to begin my musical career with something really logical with what I am and who I am. I learnt that trying to find a musical identity is a tough challenge. I know that this song is far from getting an unanimous support, nevertheless I'm satisfied, and kind of proud of my work.
SV: How do you anticipate your future, will pursue your DJ career?
Victor Aime: By looking at my friends from Youngunz development, I quickly understood that you need to produce sounds if you want to become an influential DJ. Moreover, I started thinking that playing other people's music was quite boring. So my aim is to continue working with Ed Banger, but also to produce my own projects with different labels and people who I truly love working with. I'm currently preparing a remix for Charlotte Gainsbourg "Paradisco", and I hope to release my own EP pretty soon.
SV: What is your current opinion on the electronic scene?
Victor Aime: The international scene, with Srkilex being a good example, is honestly not my cup of tea. It's starting to become complicated to play in USA. DJs like him are monopolising the scene so much that there is no more for us! At the same time, I'm still really fascinated by the French scene. People like The Shoes, Woodkid, or my friend Gesaffelstein are doing great things. Besides that, I'm very impressed to see that the young generations are interested in new labels like Sound Pellegrino, Youngunz, or the Wolfpack Agency which are more and more highlighted. I feel like there is enough room for a wider amount of artists here.
My opinion is mitigated, but truly apprehensive of what is going to work in the future!
SV: What was your favourite album back in 2011?
Victor Aime: I would say "Watch The Throne".
SV: What is your current dream?
Victor Aime: It's pretty hard to say. It might be throwing my phone and my computer away, flying to Phucket with some joints and enjoy the sun!
All pictures by Ysa Perez
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