First appearing alongside other techno house royalty: Greg Gow and Karim Sahraoui on the compilation 'The Other Side' Vol 1 v/a, Fabrice Lig was first a fan of the label before establishing a working and musical friendship with the founder and fellow artist, Eddie Niguel. . It was only a matter of time before the Belgian star debuted on Integrity with a solo release, and appearing on the label's 'Yellow' artist series couldn't have been more perfect. Integrity Records is proud to present Fabrice Lig's 'The Cosmology' EP, four cuts that amalgamate the producer's musical range. Fabrice effortlessly traverses cosmic house, funkified techno and dub electronica on this outing, prominently showcasing why the world-class producer continues to impress the world with his music and his unwavering commitment to releasing only high-quality electronic music for the body and the soul.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing him and this has been the result.
Can you tell us a little about your experience? Where are you from / how did you get into music?
I’m from Belgium, I’m probably lucky as my country is into electronic music since early eighties, so I’ve been in touch with Electro Body Music, New Beat, House, techno & electro since I was a teenager. First clubbing experience around 15 at “Boccaccio Club” in Gent, 1987-88. Since I discover techno in 88 with Inner City & some more underground Detroit techno music, I started buying records, playing those for friends and built the idea to make music…
Where are you based now and what have you been doing now?
I’m based in Belgium, near Charleroi but in the countryside. I’m doing lot of things like teaching philosophy in a secondary school, managing an animal welfare pedagogic project for Belgian schools and writing pedagogic contents, making music when I’m up to, reading a lot about ethics and philosophy books, spending time with my daughters and my wife…And trying to organise all those things to make those right…
How is your sound evolving? What artists and genres do you enjoy mixing right now?
I never really tough in an evolving way of doing things. I had goals; making soulful, emotional and funky music and trying to do it as good as possible. So probably than my music evolved with the skill I developed. I never wanted to learn music theory cause I as afraid to spend a lot of time of it and finally build more limits to follow that theory I could learn.
My goal was to have my personal sound and I think building your own way to make music out of conventional theory is a good path to reach that goal. I never expected to be a great composer of symphonies, so I didn’t need to learn theory. My ears and time of work would do it…I have some limits but I’m totally free into those.
About the sound I play now…I should say it is mainly proper techno as I’m resident dj at “Rockerill”, a club in Charleroi and I’m always finishing the night so I’m pushing the sound mainly on the techno side. I play a lot of new artists but I have to say I’ve been impressed by the Mark Broom’s releases these last two years…
How do you feel that your music influences or impacts your listeners?
I don’t know…I receive sometimes messages from artists who tell me I influenced them and like every artist into that position your ego is flattered, but I’m more surprise than everything else finaly. I also receive messages sometimes by listeners and it is mainly some stories about their life’s connected to a track I’ve done. It is something amazing for me cause a lot of stories of my life are connected to some tracks because music is a strong landmark to your memories. Not surprising than people with alzheimer's disease remembering their favourite songs. Honestly when I’m composing a song, it is sometimes something I’m thinking about; if listener’s will feel what I felt when I composed the track.
What projects are you working on right now?
I’m more into building a new live act for the moment.
Has that sound changed a lot in recent years? What is your musical criteria?
I don’t think my sound changed a lot…I worked a lot to grow up my composition skill for years and I feel I reached my limits. So now I’m trying to do the best music I can into those limits of skill, and combinations are limitless so I’m recording what I feel with those criteria’s : making something soulful, funky, peronnal, (and as good as possible). My only criteria to feel a track is good is to evaluate the emotions it brings to me into the studio…After that, I don’t care about trends and business rules…
Do you feel safe now to play a more experimental sound?
Not really as it’s not a purpose for me. Experimental sound is rarely touching me on emotional side. Some artists like Aphex Twin, Bjork and few other’s can, but usually, experimental sound is more impressing me on technical side than emotional one.
We all know that the digital revolution has affected sales, but has it affected creativity?
No creativity is always around, even maybe more than before as the number of tools is ridiculous. But digital revolution created a limitless forest of tracks and artists and to find the most beautiful trees into that forest is more and more difficult specially as “formatted” tracks and commercial products (I mean, even on techno scene) are taking a lot of space.
Can you tell us what your future projects are?
An ep will come out soon on my Belgian’s friend Kolombo’s label (Otherwise records) and
like I said, mainly try to build a good live act. Then I don’t know. For the moment I’m working on different pedagogic projects and it takes a lot of my time and focus, so I’ll need to regenerate my brain to move on something new ☺ and that’s an unpredictable process.