France

A NIGHT OF CHOCOLATE AND CHEVAL
July 28, 2016 6:50 pm

When walking into any small time club, you can expect some loud popular music while waiting for a band to go up on stage to have fun and play some cool tunes. But last night at U Street Music Hall in Washington DC, a small club turned into a musical hot box.

20427_620380401430800_4122135562059143816_nStarting the night with some cool DJ work from local artist Dirty Chocolate, he pumped out some of his own music while playing club hits with elegantly twisted remixes. From metropolitan city Gaithersburg, Maryland, he taught himself how to make music while going deep into the internet. From humble beginnings (graduating the same high school that I did) to sick clubs, Emmanuel Osemene has a strong future ahead of him. I had a minute to chat with him about his experiences with music after the show:

I’ve always been a huge fan of music…I love discovering music and finding people who push boundaries. It’s cool to see talented people use their imagination to make music better. You wouldn’t hear it in my music but Pharrel, Timberland, Daft Punk, Juicy J, Kanye West, Justice, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and Tame Impala have been some of my biggest influences.

After him, the crowd turned around to the main stage and there were so many switchboards and keyboards that I honestly had no idea what to expect. Then the band started to play and I was immediately blown away as the four of them played musical hacky sack, taking turns on solos and bits of the song while perfectly supporting each other.

Their name is Club Cheval, they live in Paris, France are in the states for a bit to tour. Theyed play song after song of fantastic electronic sound and mixing with a superb drummer in the back who ended the show with the gnarliest drum bit I had ever heard. I had a chance to talk to Panteros666 (the drummer) right after their set list.

Tell us about yourselves…

We live in Paris, but we we are from a little city called Lille…We have a lot of influences there from Britian and Belgium so we have that kind of culture where we just mix everything together.

Where do you get you unique sound from?

Literally everywhere. We don’t put any genres on any pedestal and have no hierarchy with our music. We listen to stuff like Hip-Hop, Balie Funk from Brazil, Slow Jam and experimental stuff. I’m into trance and lots of other stuff. Each one of us has our own certain sound and we like to mix it to create something different. It doesn’t really work well in France though, so that’s why we’re here, we can relate better with the people. Sometime we are just too powerful for them and that’s probably why we are bigger here.

How did you guys meet?

To cut a long story short, we were all doing our high level studies which actually including political sciences, sound engineering and other areas. But we got together in our small city and were really obsessed with making a new breed of electronic music. We did well in our little city and then moved to Paris and met a lot of people and now were here playing music.

It was amazing how humble and relaxed Dirty Chocolate and Club Cheval were. It was a fantastic show, great start and great end with happily ringing ears all the way home. Check out more Dirty Chocolate here and Club Cheval’s tour dates here and new album here.

KITSUNE: JAPANESE FOX AMBITION
February 18, 2016 6:15 pm

2002 was the year that the French indie-electronic music label Kitsune was born, created by Gildas Loaec and Masaya Kuroki during a trip to Japan. Loaec and Kuroki (who previously worked with Daft Punk and the record label Roule) conceptualized the idea of the label while visiting, wanting to combine their love for both fashion and music into one company.

Once they had the idea, they needed a name. Kitsune originates from the Japanese word meaning fox. This is more than just a word they thought sounded interesting. In Japan, the fox is said to have the power to change its appearance and its face; the many faces and appearances of the fox represent the different parts and directions of Kitsune.

By now, you’ve definitely heard of some of Kitsune’s artists. Two Door Cinema Club, La Roux, MS MR, and Citizens! are just a few of the many talented artists that Kitsune has taken on. Along with this, they have 11 boutiques in Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo and NYC. Talk about ambition! Loaec was once just a teenager with a love for indie rock bands like The Smiths on UK radio and now he and Kuroki have created something beyond their wildest dreams.

You can check them out here http://www.kitsune.fr/journal/category/listen/ and for all fashionistas click here for Kitsune’s latest fashion trends.

PARIS IN TURMOIL WITH THE EAGLES OF DEATH METAL
December 3, 2015 1:20 am

We’ve all heard the news, whether from a friend, our televisions or the Internet. No matter how we realized the event had happened, we were all truly heart broken. To know many music lovers, musicians, entrepreneurs and families lost not only their lives but people they loved as well, was devastatingly tragic.

On November 13th, 2015 a series of attacks took place throughout France. Three shooters entered The Bataclan Theatre and immediately started  shooting around an hour into the Eagles of Death Metal’s set. There were said to have been 89 deaths in the venue with an additional 368 sustaining injuries. Among those killed was the band’s merchandise manager, Nick Alexander. The attacks were also said to have been a retaliation against France for it’s air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria. ISIS claimed responsibility and France launched its biggest air strike in response, just two days following the atrocious attacks against Paris. Among all of the chaos and victims were the band themselves.  Though EODM co-founder Joshua Homme was not present, this interview with VICE shows how heavily both he and the members that were there that night were effected by this tragedy. Watch below.

 

VICE interviewed them just over a week after the attack, and gained insight as to what happened in many different areas of the building as the band and their fans fought for their lives. This interview also takes the glamour out of speaking with a highly regarded band and exposes the vulnerability that comes with being thrown into such a hostile and terrifying situation. That is something we don’t see in the music community as often as we think. It brings humility to the music scene, and forces us to sympathize with these guys just from knowing their first-row points of view of the attacks.

After watching this, the thing that will stick with me indefinitely is that most lives were lost because they were practicing humility the best they could; by blocking friends or simply not leaving them behind. Such a tragically beautiful fact and idea; that we can protect one another even in such harrowing situations. The band members present during the attack were Jesse Hughes, Matt McJunkins, Eden Galindo, Julian Dorio, and their sound engineer Shawn London. These men tell their versions of the brutal attack that occurred that night in the very different sequences dependent on their position on stage and who was around. The band explains first-hand just how terrifying this was. Then you hear Josh Homme’s version and his feelings on the subject.  It is stated by Jesse Hughes in the interview that Josh was likely the first person in the world to truly know what had happened because of the real time connection to the band.  It is clear to see on their faces how thankful they are to be alive today and how devastated for their fans family’s and friends for those lost.

The important thing about this band- especially in the context of this event- is that they stand up for the music. This attack not only hit close to home in terms of our nation’s allies, but also in our most sacred, regarded safe place; the music scene. The place where adults, teenagers, kids get to listen to the music that holds them together. The place that people around the globe get to be in the same physical room as their biggest heroes.  Music is a powerful thing, and I commend The Eagles of Death Metal for powering forward for those victims. The Eagles of Death Metal is an American band founded by Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme in 1998.

It’s very important to me that they were there because since ATYPICAL SOUNDS thrives in Brooklyn, NY, most of us have seen this band grow from the ground up.  EODM handled this situation with such grace and humility, showing the world that love and solidarity is what will overwhelm violence. That we should never give up, but not harm others in the process. We cannot be afraid, we have to show the people who initiated and facilitated these attacks that we are not afraid.

Once this interview was made public, tons of my friends were sharing it on Facebook. I won’t even lie, I cried. Everyone had heavy hearts. Most importantly though, everyone agreed with continuing to pursue their love of music with as much passion and strength and love as we have ever had before. We won’t be scared; it was like a universal chant for love, strength and solidarity. We will not back down; music is in all of our souls and it showed very frequently in the comments, shares and conversations that this was a global thought.

As music enthusiasts here at Atypical, the Beasts know it is our way of life, not only an interest we share with all of you. We all know the joy and love of being in the crowd, soaking up the energy and soul that reverberates off the walls, and many of us know that connection from onstage just as well. This news hit us pretty hard considering we spend a massive amount of our time at shows, and this could have been anyone we know. But most importantly it was everyone that we know, we are all a family.

ATYPICAL SOUNDS offers our deepest condolences to all of the victims and their families, and we hope that through continuing to strive for local music scenes to thrive and keeping touring bands moving, we can help bring hope to those feeling discouraged about music because of these attacks. Josh Homme’s Sweet Stuff Foundation is currently raising money for the victims of the Paris attacks. All donations received before December 31 will go to the families of those who lost their lives while indulging in their passions.

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