The iconic Black Devil Disco Club gives away an exclusive dub from his forthcoming release on Lo Recordings
The legendary French producer Black Devil Disco Club best known for his 1978 EP 'Disco Club' is back with a new special release on Lo Recordings this April. Celebrating the new release - a compilation of his unique dubs and reworks, Dazed presents his 'Stay In Dub' for an exclusive giveaway as a snippet of what's to come from the iconic electronic musician. Download it HERE.
Dazed Digital: What have been the greatest influences in changing your music over time and how have your personal tastes developed since you first started?
Black Devil Disco Club: I believe I'm still stuck with my first loves, from the 50s, 60s, 70s. Which means a lot of rock, soul, r&b, bossa-nova, salsa, disco, reggae, mambo... Of course I still listen to and enjoy new music, but as you grow older it's harder to be 'shook up as strong' compared with your early years. Like everything, once you get used to something, it's not as cool or strange or as sexy as it used to be. That's why I still look for crazy things, I don't mean to sound like I'm bored but I really need to be suprised. I need explosions, violence, new rythms. Harmonies are harder to be improved, seriously. Sound, production and voices are the main ingredients you can really change nowadays. And frontmen / frontwomen. Acting is a good way of reaching higher levels. That's why I'm really happy with the results of Magnetic Circus (dubs & reworks). My guests really worked hard, their performances are unique and there's some nice tricks which are really impressive on the reworks side. On the dubs I did it's only about enjoying myself. As much as I can
DD: How did taking a hiatus in music affect your work today?
Black Devil Disco Club: Well I can't tell, it just happens like this in a few minutes. It was a lot of work, but that's the way I am, so I don't complain. I never really tried to be an artist who performs. I'm more a producer, working secretly in the shadows, making some black magic. So after 28 years, I had to be a wizzard to bring life back to this BDDC project I had forgotten. I had to forget I had grown older. I had to be young again, but I was surprised about the fact that this music I had made a long long time ago, which sounded to me like it was made by someone else, was powerful enough to start having fun again. So even if there was a big gap between 1978 and 2006 I'm not sure I would have done something that different in 1980 if I had kept on working on BDDC. My DNA hasn't really changed. All my BDDC albums have the devil spirit.
DD: You've collaborated with quite a widely-varying selection of artists, what has been the most memorable experience for you so far?
Black Devil Disco Club: I was pretty impressed about having Afrika Bambaataa in my studio in Paris. He's a legend and a professional. Good vibes and a very easy recording. I was also more than glad to have Nancy Sinatra on board. Is there anyone in the world who doesn't like her? It was also strange but cool to work with Faris Badwan from the Horrors in this London studio called Benge, he's young and talented. Nicolas Ker was really rock'n'roll as well, but I can't say any more about that.
DD: What are you listening to as of late?
Black Devil Disco Club: Recently I've been into Judy Garland, Aretha Franklin, The Horrors, NZCA/Lines and the first demos of my next album. It's always weird to make music and sit back and listen to the first things you just produced. Sometimes it's hard to know if it's yours, or if it's that good. But I always trust my first impressions and I don't mind getting rid of material I don't feel confident about. Though I know I need a lot of work to shape the particular BDDC sound. No-one can do this except me.
DD: What are you most looking forward to next?
Black Devil Disco Club: This record is about having fun but also showing that musically speaking you can start from one point and end up somewhere else completely different, without getting lost. Even though you didn't know at all which way to go. See what I mean? It's about feeling good, doing the right thing. Feeling the vibe, having the mojo, being out of control but in a magical way. Leo Zero, Sauvage, DMX Krew or Eckman where good partners in crime to deconstruct my work and help it reach another level. The idea was to make a full circle with Circus which was released last year. A full hypnotic, psychedelic and magnetic show. A journey you've never experienced before, and which you'll never be able to afford again. No matter how hard you try. Maybe I start an amusement park, with rollercoasters? I'd be good at scaring kids.