Bread & Butter Exclusive Arnaud Le Texier (Safari Electronique / Cocoon) Interview & Podcast








B&B: Hey Arnaud, how’s it going?

A: Yes all cool… had a busy week last week and this one it’s not better… but I don’t complain better than to be bored!!!

B&B: How did it all start for you music wise?

A: Long time ago when it was nowhere between digital or vinyl because the CD didn’t even exist… It was a war between tape and vinyl… aahahahha

More seriously it’s a long story ! I found my passion for music when i was very young, around 9 years old. My parents and I often passed Christmas and New Year’s Eve at my uncle’s house and my aunt used to love music and going out. Most of the time my uncle was recording live from the club of his friend.
I was the only child surrounded by adults, i escaped from their conversations by listening music and asked constantly to my uncle, “what’s this track?”
So the next year, for Christmas i got my first turntable. I think, the most beautiful gift i could have!!!
Then I met a guy during my holiday in 1988 who made me listen a tape with some tracks from Frankie Knuckles and mix master. This is how I discovered House music! I just loved it and started to buy some records in this style. Then I had a good opportunity to work in records shop in the 90′s where I was selling house & techno for 8 years and started to play in rave parties and here you go.

B&B: In 2005 you founded your “infamous” imprint, Safari Eletronique. What is the thinking behind this project?

A: You just need to read the name, it’s as simple as that…. I am doing a Safari in Electronique and trying to find new talents always!!! No style in particular as long as it’s good with soul inside.

B&B: You’ve been around a long time, what are the biggest changes you have seen? Also where do you think the ‘industry’ is at right now? Is there an industry or just an independent scene within a scene? 

Biggest changes? To be honest I don’t see them… The only change I see is how people judge music actually… No matter if you have real talent it’s all about if you are fashion or not!!! If you know how to promote yourself… Makes me sad because if we react like that we are gonna miss future talents… believe me! Even clubs start to react in the same way… booking only big names and labels do the same by signing only safe names… Everyone can do that you just need money :-) I think electronic music now is a real business and really lost its innocence since long time… The only thing positive for me is the quality of music is still high and there is still some people trying to push the boundaries and some promoters too… So hopefully these ones will get bigger soon and will change the quality in a good way!

B&B: Tell us a little bit about the track selection, there are a wide variety of genres in your sets and not all of these tracks come out recently.

A: First of all I don’t like to repeat myself and always play with the vibe of the dancefloor. I like to play new tracks but I like also to select old tracks but never the same old ones… When I do my podcast Safari Electronique radio show, I do a selection of music that I like at the moment or in the past but not specially dancefloor… Electronic music is not only dancefloor so it’s the right moment to play some tracks a bit more personal :-)About the podcast I did for you it’s a selection of new & old music… mostly house – techouse. It was the mood of the day I recorded it…

B&B: 2011 has been a very important year for you. How would you describe it?

2011 was a great one… In production & djing! Really happy to sign an ep on Cocoon. The EP was no specially a big dancefloor one but I was happy to sign something ambient & deep. It shows another side of music and happy it worked. Then I had amazing gigs this year alongside D’julz for some Bass Culture nights… last one a Goa Madrid was a blast. Loved to play for Fabric’s birthday too as you might know one of my favorite club to play!

B&B: What else can we expect from Arnaud in the near future?

A: A lot of productions as I am in studio every weeks. Working on tracks I would like to put in an album and some collaboration with some friends… At the moment I am working a lot with Antonio De Angelis on a techno project and really love it.

B&B: Analogue or digital?

A: Digital in the anus…. Honestly I don’t care about the digital or analogue war… I used both and for me what matters is what is delivered at the end as a whole package… If you are all analogue and you know how to use it… perfect!!! But it’s not because you have analogue that you will make better music either… the talent doesn’t come from the machine you used but from your soul… I will always remember one day I signed a guy who was musician and he played some rhodes on his track so I asked him is it a real one? The guy told me NO, he just used the software Reason… lol.
So I took the demo and made it listen to a jazz musician who worked with the finest musicians in the world and he didn’t see any difference…. Since this day I just realized that whatever you use if the guy behind is a genius even with a bongo you can make a techno track… ahahahah


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