French house imposter L'Etranger presents his latest four-track EP, For The Floor: a flawless homage to filtered, disco-tinged house music in all its uplifting technicolor splendor.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing him and this has been the result.
Can you tell us a little about your early musical experiences?
My first musical experience was recording myself on my fisher price cassette deck and then overdubbing what I’d just recorded onto another cassette via the family stereo. Resulting in a very hissy sort of ’song’ haha. I’ve always loved harmony and I think I must have just had the urge to hear multi parts at once.
How do you hope that your music influences or impacts your listeners?
With L’Étranger I just hope it moves people. There’s nothing necessarily profound about my music I don’t think, as long as it gives good vibes and makes people want to dance then I’m happy.
Do you feel that your sound has evolved over the years?
With my very first few L’Étranger tracks I think I was just trying to nail that Roulé sound, and from there I was much more influenced by SebastiAn and Jackson and His Computerband and that cut-up electro-house style that was quite prominent at the time with the whole blog-haus thing. From there I went a bit more Deep-House and was influenced by the French Express label, and after that I started making Jersey Club music as Stink Floyd. After several different aliases and almost a decade later I’ve come full circle and am back to making that Roulé style French House again!
How does your latest EP differ from your previous projects, musically and thematically?
As the title suggests this EP is made “For The Floor” and is my attempt at making four tracks aimed specifically at DJs to be played out on the dance floor. It’s pure House music.
Do you feel consistency is important in creating music? Or is it ok to experiment with different styles and sounds?
I’ve personally experimented in all sorts of different styles and genres. I’d say consistency is important but never be afraid of failure. Having a number of different aliases and picking a genre for each seems to be working well for me creatively at the moment. That way I don’t get bored working in one genre.
How do you see the next few years or your career panning out, in an ideal world?
Who knows that’s the interesting thing about the music industry, you never quite know what’s around the corner! I really love the songwriting process and collaborating with other artists and producers so I hope to continue doing more of that.
What's the most important piece of advice anyone's given to you so far?
Trust your gut. I don’t always do this and often end up regretting it. We all have intuition and it’s very important in self-preservation.