Albanø, the French artist that has collaborated with labels such as Radikon, DUNKELHEIT and Recits de Mars, now returns to the label he has been part of since 2018, Family Piknik Music. Here he discusses his musical journey today in this close, personal and music-focused interview, starting from the very deep-seeded roots through to his inspiration and influences.
Albanø features on Family Piknik’s latest VA release, available now on Beatport
When producing on your own, do you find your music takes a different journey when compared to collaborations?
Yes, it’s true. That’s why I love collaborating with my friends and remixing other artists. I feel more confortable than being on my own in the studio, as it brings more pressure on my shoulders, I guess. I also think music has to be more personal when I’m solo, so it’s harder to be fully satisfied. Some of my own projects are sleeping in my hard drive because I’ve never managed to complete them. Sharing the studio with my pals let me be more creative and I love this team work. It also eases the process when it comes to finalize a track and skip all doubts about releasing it on a label.
In the studio, what are some of your favourite tools and techniques to utilise?
I’m an Ableton 10 user, I have several VST and sample librairies I’m used to, but I also love playing with hardware machines. It’s a better flow for my creativity, even if I never followed any academic musical classes. I love jamming with hardware synths, like the Prophet rev 2 from Dave Smith, Novation Peak and the Elektron analog rhythm MK2. I don’t really have technical skills so I like to record many stems following on my mood, just in case. I have no limits nor defined schemes when it comes to production, I think music is something you need to feel rather than maths or technics.
Finally, share one track with us that always makes you feel something, a production that will always live with you.
Without any hesitation : Gregor Tresher – A Thousand Nights.