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Antoine Clamaran - Interview

Both DJ, writer and producer, Antoine Clamaran is part of the circle of artists enjoying an international recognition. More dynamic and creative than ever, he continues to juggle his career and manage different labels. After the success of his album "Release Yourself", the album "Mix Inc.", the compilation "Dancefloor FG Summer 2006" that became a gold record, his singles "Keep on Trying", "Give Some Love", "Gold "and “Believe”, Antoine Clamaran sold a total of more than 1.25 million records! We discovered him in 1999 with his EP "Discoland", so it is now a great pleasure to interview him. This interview follows those of other French producers like Da Fresh, Muttonheads, Lifelike, Rodriguez Jr. or Paul Nazca. First, I wanted to thank Antoine who answered our questions.


"Hello Antoine,

It is a real pleasure to interview you because I’m following your work for years now, and I purchased a lot of vinyl you produced, like "Discoland" released in 1999, when I discovered your music, but also "Release Yourself" and "Decadence", I especially love.

You have released a few weeks ago "A Deeper Love" produced with David Esse and the singer Lulu Hughes, with whom you had already worked a few years ago for an incredible track that I have in vinyl: "Feel it". Could you please tell us a bit more about this release? This track reminds me of course a lot of memories, because the original comes from Aretha Franklin, and has been used too by Eddie Thoneick with Berget Lewis.
> It is indeed a classic! I particularly love this track. I played the original for years and I wanted to make it a little more personal, in order to play in my sets.

What will be your next release?
> I’ve just finished several productions, including tribal influences with a heavy bass line that should be released in the upcoming days, I’m currently working on a new song and I invited some friends to remix "Dr. Drum" like Albert Neve, Etienne Ozborne...

If you look back to 2011, what can you say about it? What is your vision of the past few months?
> A lot of work! There was "Stick Shift" with Soraya, many people were waiting for the "following" of “Live your Dreams”, "A Deeper Love" with Lulu, and I also made a few more prods more oriented "clubs" as "Somebody's Scream" with Laurent (Pautrat), a remix of Delerium featuring Sarah McLachlan "Silence", another remix for TV Rock feat. Rudy "Diamonds in the Sky", a few productions and remixes for other artists. Since September the work has been further intensified and I have a lot of projects in mind.

And during this summer, you had a tour. Not too hard with your full schedule?
> I’ve just finished the summer tour and I’ve just began to breathe! It's a pretty intense rhythm that's true, but so addictive. When you can test the tracks you created a few hours earlier, and feel it with people, it is both the reward of many hours of work in the studio and something really powerful.

After you gave us these infos about your music news, we would like to get back to your musical origins. Could you briefly tell us how did you become DJ and producer?
> It is above all a passion. The mix of tracks to make people dance. As for the production, it is a process that came naturally, because you are looking for something more personal for your set, after a while you feel a need to express yourself through music.

At the beginning, did your family understand what you wanted to do? And now, are they proud of what you achieved along the years?
> It is mainly my mother who saved in secret money to offer me my first turntables! It is always difficult to tell your parents that you chose a path that is not common. During this period, the phenomenon of "DJ starification" do not exist, making the task even harder, but they saw that I found a passion that could be a work and that I really enjoyed.

Then, it was your explosion in 1998, under your pseudo Omega with "Dreaming of a Better World", a techno track and a break with some Beethoven notes, if I remember well. Old memories?
> Old memories, but good memories! I have no regrets of what I have done in the past, however, I had so much fun with Laurent on our projects OMEGA and 400HZ... And moreover, we were also very surprised by the early success of both projects...

In addition to your production schedule, you work hard to bring to life your label Pool E Music with your friend Laurent Pautrat, consisting of 22 daughter imprints, and that gave birth to nearly 700 releases and won four gold records! How do you handle all these tasks? I guess you must be surrounded by a good team! When we interviewed Fedde le Grand some months ago, he told us he was help by his family. What about you?
> When I'm not on tour, I'm more and more in the studio to produce, collaborate, remix... which unfortunately means that I can no longer follow Pool e Music as I would like, but I'm lucky to have a good team that takes care very well of the label.

I think the following question will be quite difficult to answer because it is quite large. If you had to remember two or three significant releases from the label, which ones will it be?
> It's difficult to choose. This imprint is dedicated first to introduce young producers to the general public, so every ride is a great challenge. We also had the chance to sign great artists like Roger Sanchez "Turn On The Music", "2Gether", "Worldwide", Da Hool "Meet Her At The Love Parade", Drill "The Drill", Armin Van Buuren, Peter Luts "The Rain", "Hands Up".

As I said earlier, I discovered your music with "Discoland" and then early 2000 with your first album "Release yourself" and your anthems as "Energy", "My Old Piano" and "Decadence". What do you remember about it? Nostalgia or time spent and gone?
> There is nostalgia, but we don’t have to live in the past. Again, I am very proud of what I did in terms of prods, but the music such as artists, grows up. The audience too: expectations are not the same and ultimately that's where you realize that being a DJ is really close to be producer. A good DJ must be able to change the tracks in time, to still please the public and as a producer it is the same. You have to constantly renew yourself and offer the best to the people who come to see you.

Besides music, what are your hobbies?
> 6 letters ... SOCCER!

Before we conclude this interview, is there abything you would like to add?
> I just wanted to thank the thousands of people who follow me from the beginning. Thank you to those who follow me on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, I do not have time to answer to everyone, but I read all of their posts. Thank you!


Antoine, to conclude this interview, we still have some questions to better know you. Sometimes one word is enough!

The track you advise us to listen to in your discography?
> It's hard! I cannot choose... All! (Laughs)

An artist you would like to work with one day?
> The one with whom I would have enjoyed working is unfortunately no longer with us. I would have loved to work with Michael Jackson.

3 words to describe your music?
> House, Move, Dancefloor.

MP3 or vinyl for your mixes?
> Wav ;-)

The software you use to produce?
> Cubase is the one which I started with, I found it quite comprehensive, and because over time I created a very good relationship with Steinberg France.

A privilege your DJ status gives you access to?
> Not wait in the queue in front of a club!

The best place where you mixed?
> Ibiza.

Your favorite track now?
> DJ Obek Feat. Ambush – Craissy -  Albert Neve &  Chuckie remix

A few words about the website I manage: Actualités Electroniques, where the interview will be published?
> Many thanks to the team of Actualités Electroniques, please continue to share with us your favorite music by heart, and defend strongly the genre ;-)

Antoine, thank you very much for the time you have devoted to Actualités Electroniques and especially for this interview. We will wait for your next tracks. Who knows, we will maybe have the chance to meet you soon during a party ;) See you soon!
> Thank you! See you soon!

Dj Aroy


Written by Dj Aroy
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