The French producer speaks to us about the more mainstream interpretations of the French Touch scene and his latest release on Work It Baby
Fred Falke broke onto the scene at the turn of the millennium with the underwhelmingly titled, overwhelmingly funky ‘Intro’, written with Alan Braxe, and went on to release a string of stellar disco anthems both collaboratively and independently. Instrumental in the growing popularity of what we know now as ‘French Touch’, Falke’s records have never been far from the fingers of some of the world’s most well regarded DJs. Since ending his partnership with Alan Braxe in 2008, Falke has gone on to work extensively with Kris Menace, and is now on the cusp of releasing his much awaited debut album. Dazed Digital chatted to him about influences, the trajectory of the scene, and the impact of younger producers like David Guetta.
Dazed Digital: Why is the album called Part IV? Was there a Part I-III at any stage?
Fred Falke: Well, rather than having a complex, mysterious meaning, this is my fourth release on Kris Menace’s Work It Baby Records.
DD: The songs on the album were produced over a fairly long period; have you changed your approach or attitude towards producing over that time?
Fred Falke: Of course, my production approach is evolving every day, as are my musical influences - that is a very interesting side of this album because the tracks are like a family: brothers, younger, older, cousins… they have some sonic differences but they all belong to my musical world
DD: How do you feel the French Touch scene has altered over the time you’ve been involved in it?
Fred Falke: It's been evolving a lot , which is a very healthy process, I think any genre of music has to change/evolve in order to keep being fresh creative, interesting. The scene we came up in and helped shape has inspired a whole new generation of young producers. I think music is less tribal, less restricted by genre than it was, so the youngsters are taking elements of French touch and mutating it into something else. And that’s great.
DD: After having been so involved with French touch, how do you feel about artists such as David Guetta, who’ve had a lot of success with more commercial/mainstream interpretations?
Fred Falke: I think it s a very natural move , David Guetta started with club tracks and gained mainstream recognition, so he brought his music to a larger audience and was very successful. Going mainstream is a great chance for any artist I think, because it gives you unparalleled exposure and enables you to bring your music to everyone.
DD: Connection to music history is clearly very important to you - could you tell us some of the influences which you feel are most present in your work?
Fred Falke: My influences are very wide and different - groups like Chic , The Wings, West-coast music, Daft Punk, and The Killers have all influenced my music. Regarding my bass playing, Gary King and Bernard Edwards have been my major influences. They are legends
DD: Although this is your debut LP, you’ve been very prolific as a remixer/collaborator - is there anyone you haven’t worked with yet that you’d really like to work with in the future?
Fred Falke: I’m open to offers!
Fred Falke’s debut album Part IV comes out on Work It Baby Records is out now