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You will find in this category each week, an interview or a biograhpy of a Dj or artist which is breaking the news. All styles are on the “menu” of this category: minimal, house, electro, techno or even trance in some cases.

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Butch - Interview

Chunky name, versatile and defined sound: Butch spent the past three years presenting us with a constant amount of high quality output ranging throughout the different genres of electronic dance music with such an ease and passion that he has made it to be one of the most sought-after names worldwide. After various very successful productions and remixes for internationally renowned labels such as Trapez, Cecille, 8Bit, AFU Limited and Great Stuff and a first debut album entitled “Papillon“ in 2008,  he released during mid-November an album that will quickly become a reference in the minimal, techno and tech-house music world. So today, we have the chance to offer you an exclusive interview with him. It follows notably the one of M.A.N.D.Y., Thomas Schumacher and Rodriguez Jr.. First of all, I would like to thank Butch who answered our questions.

 “Hello Butch,

You’ve just released some days ago a solo album “Eyes wide open”, that we reviewed and that you shared on your Facebook fan page. It will be released under the new imprint Bouq. Could you please give use more information about this fantastic album, with massive tracks like “Hippopotame”? How this project was born?
> “Eyes wide open” is my second album and i released it on my own imprint Bouq, which i run together with my friend and studio partner Amir. I wanted the artistic freedom to do what i want to do and only bouq. Could really guarantee me that independence? There are collaborations with Julie Marghilano (violinist) and Virgina Nascimento (vocalist) with whom i already did some releases before. The development and producing of the tracks took 9 months and i´m really happy with the result. The album has a lot of different emotions and the title itself has a clear message. But I don´t want to tell too much about it…you just have to let the music speak for itself, it´s something for the club and the home stereo.

For those who are interested, thanks to Carousel PR we offer you 3 albums “Eyes wide open”. You just need to click on the header. Take your chance, it’s very easy…

What will be your next release?
> I´m not sure yet. Recently I was in the studio for a collaboration with Robert Dietz (Cadenza) and right now i´m working on some new material for 2011. I´ve already finished one track named “Aerobic”, maybe it will appear on the next bouq family & friends ep.

Moreover, onto the occasion of the DJ Awards 2010 ceremony that held @ Pacha Ibiza some weeks ago, your track "No worries" has been considered as the best track of the year. Was it a surprise for you?
>When i produced the track i knew that it has potential with the catchy sample but i never eve expected it to blow up like this ending up with the DJ Award 2010 for Track of the Season. I´m really happy and proud about this and i gotta give some of the credit to Cécille Records and all the a-list djs that played No Worries during the summer.

2010 will be over in one month. For 2011, what we expect from you? New tracks? A compilation maybe?
>You can be sure that there will be a lot of new productions although I don´t know if it will be as much as this year. I think I had more than 15 releases (including the album and remixes) in 2010 and that was almost the maximum I could do because I´m always trying to keep a high-quality level in my productions and remixes.

After we gave this little introduction about your music news to our readers, we wanted to get back to your origins. Indeed, could you please tell us in a few words, how did you become a DJ and producer?
> I started DJing around the age of 13 and during that time I also developed a strong interest in electronic music but back then the studio equipment was really expensive. I did my first experimental productions something like 7 or 8 years ago when the technology was available and affordable but it took me until 2005/2006 when they were good enough to be interesting for labels to release.

I don’t know if I’m lucky but I discovered your work in 2007, with your fantastic second track "On the Line" that has been released with a massive remix of Oxia. Is there a story behind this track, that certainly opens doors for you in the electronic music world?
> Absolutely, “On the Line” was definitely the release that put me on the map. It was one of the first tracks that I sent to Rainer Weichhold (Great Stuff A&R) in 2006 and I was so thrilled when I signed my first record deal with on of the established labels. Due to the huge Oxia remix and support from Luciano & Richie Hawtin it was nominated twice at the Beatport Music Awards 2007. A great start for my career.

How would you explain the rapidity of your success at the beginning of your career? Indeed, since your first track there was a buzz around you. You tracks could be found in the playlists of prominent names such as Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Villalobos, Luciano and many others.
> That´s not easy to answer…I think I had the luck to meet the right people at the right time that supported me during years and I was always working really hard in the studio. I´m still doing that…there are weeks when i´m in the studio until deep in the night for 5 days in a row. Apart from that i´m always trying to produce music that works on the dancefloor but without being too obvious (still being “underground”) and djs appreciate that.

At the beginning, did your family understand what you did for a living? And now are they proud of what you achieved along the years?
> Depends on the family member…my mother didn´t understand it, those strange noises coming out of these machines, she couldn´t identify it as music J But later she got used to it. My brother and sister could relate much more to what I was doing since my brother was the one who introduced me to electronic music and took me to clubs when I was underage. I think nowadays they are proud and happy about the way my life developed…it didn´t always look that bright.

Moreover Butch, what did you know about the French electronic music scene? Are there some artists that you personally know?
>The French scene is very diverse and inspirational. There are great and iconic artists (like Laurent Garnier) and I had some amazing gigs at Rex in Paris and in the south of France.
I met Oxia when he did the “On the Line”-Remix for me in 2007. We played a back2back set at my resident club in Mainz. And I know Popof personally…he also did a great remix for me some years ago, we met a few times and we both released on Thomas P. Heckmann´s label AFU-Limited which is based in my hometown.

Besides music, what are your hobbies?
> Hanging out with friends and family…going to the movies, a good restaurant or just relax. A few months ago I started to work out again, since all the sitting in the studio staring at the monitors isn´t really good for your body.


Butch, to conclude this interview, we have a few more questions to better know you. Sometimes one word is enough!

The song you advice us to listen in your discography?
> Nomad (released on AFU-Limited in early 2009) but only when you´re on drugs ;-)

An artist you would like to work with, one day?
> The one I would have liked to work with is already dead unfortunately.

3 words to define your music?
> Multilayered, subtle, groovy

Are you using vinyl or mp3 for your mix?
> Serato with Vinyl

One word about France?
> Croissants J

The software you use to produce?
> Logic

One privilege, being DJ, gives you access to?
> Get drunk while working

Your favorite track these days?
> Mike Dunn - Phreaky MF

Some words about our website Actualités Electroniques?
> Many thanks for the interest and support of my work, this is much appreciated. Keep up the good work – electronic music culture needs websites and magazines that introduce the whole spectrum of this music to the people out there. I hope to come back to France for a few gigs in 2011…see you there!

Butch, thank you very much for the time you devoted to Actualités Electroniques and particularly for this interview. We will wait for sure for your next productions. We hope to see you in France soon maybe for a mixed session. See ya!”

Dj Aroy

Butch @ Juno Download
>> “i check this personally every week”

BONUS – Butch – On the line (Oxia Mix)
Written by Dj Aroy
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