If you’ve heard of Club Cheval by now, it’s probably through their solo projects that have pulverized dancefloors from France and beyond. Whether it be the bombast of Myd and Sam Tiba, to the outlandish adventurousness of Panteros666, or the all-encompassing productions of Canblaster; the four men of Club Cheval are all in their own rights, in the right frame of mind to change the dance landscape once again. So naturally, when they got signed to Brodinski’s Bromance imprint, the timing, the label and the vibe seemed right. It made perfect sense, considering you need a bromance to make music like this. With their first official Club Cheval track out now (split with a new Brodinski cut), they took the time to speak to URB about their roles, their history and what’s next. Check out the interview with Club Cheval as well as their peculiar video for “Now U Realize” after the jump.
URB: You’re a collective of producers working together constantly; how doesthe production process work for you? Does someone have a specific role in constructing ClubCheval tracks?
CLUB CHEVAL: Only recently we started to split up our roles. It kinda started with a Panteros track feat. ClubCheval (“Horreo”) in which we used fantasy music producer names : Canblaster is melodius (his obsession with Japanese emotional future chords), Myd is Cutos (his love for vocal cut ups), Sam Tiba is ghettus (his knowledge in ghetto music) & Panteros is rhytmos (he used to be a death metal drummer).
URB: Ever since the page was turned from Kavinsky, Justice and Sebastian, producers like yourselves and the Sound Pellegrino crew have come and flipped the perceived notion of French electronic music on its face. Was that your intention in any way, and how do you feel nowadays representing a sound that’s adventurous and eccentric?
CC: Kavinsky has never been so famous than today! As ClubCheval we mostly dig french techno. Of Course, we all love french touch but we don’t refer to it that much in our productions. Our intention has always been to come with an innovative sound, not replicate the big french electronic acts! So our music sounds adventurous just because we come up with our ideas, not ideas copied on others.
URB: How did you get linked up with Bromance?
CC: We all work together ! Our manager Manu Barron also manages Brodinksi & Gesaffelstein. And we are all superfriends. Like a big musical family. Doing a lot of stupid things with people helps created unbreakable links. Bromance is like that.
URB: You all have your separate productions that are great; but what do you get out of making music together as opposed to settling to your own sounds?
CC: It’s like asking the difference between four Power Rangers and the mega-combination of them. We’re stronger when we work all together. We all have special skills and abilities, and it’s always mad useful to ask someone to do something you’re not the best at. This gives way much possibilities than when we’re alone. We help a lot each other for our solo productions too but the magic really happens when we share the same connected brain. This is like the perfect fusion, with no ego issues, or an “I’m better than you” thing. We’re all better than each other for some certain things, and that’s what’s good.
URB: What’s next for ClubCheval in 2012?
CC: A lot of things. At first, we’re going to tour a lot with a 4DJ -DJ SET Formula, something that we didn’t do much until now. We’re used to play b2b but this summer tour (and fall/winter tour) will be something different, we can smell it. We’re of course still working on the next ClubCheval original tracks, remixes, and mixtapes, as usual. All day everyday in the studio, that’s what we do. Apart from that, we still produce Brodinski’s tracks, and work with some singers and rappers for some other projects. In one word, MUSIC is what’s next for us in 2012. The best of us is yet to come.