Sengiley welcomes the label's first album and debut, a terrific longplay from French talent Naconda - Gibb Street LP.
Exclusively for Sengiley Recordings, Naconda presents Gibb Street's absolutely sublime LP. Comprised of eight sounds masterfully crafted and interwoven by the Toulouse-based artist, Gibb Street LP takes the listener on an artfully curated journey through laid-back downtempo sounds, euphoric and uplifting deep house vibes, not to mention a little dreamy vibe and the occasional . but subtle acid reference for good measure. Throw in a couple of great remixes by Heno Heno and GRiNCH, and you've got an absolutely outstanding LP on your hands - one that's certainly not to be missed!
We have had the pleasure of interviewing Naconda and this has been the result.
How would you present your work to someone who doesn't know you?
I’m currently a Toulouse-based (France) producer & DJ and I love to share sun filled vibes either in my productions, Live & DJ Sets. My project is a sort of fusion between the electronic sound design on one hand and the power of live instruments on the other one. I started to play the guitar 10 years ago and my interest for electronic music came later on but it was meaningful for me to combine both in my musical project which also gives me inspiration from a large panel of artists across genres.
What message would you like to convey to the public?
Music sounds in my mind like a sunny wave, so if I had a message to share it would most likely be that music can be a love spreading thing which vibrations bring us back to our feelings and emotions, to ourselves in that way. I’m aware that it’s not always the case, but I’d like for music to be synonymous with happiness, kindness toward each other and inclusivity around a common vibe.
How did your last project come about?
I started to work on this project 2 years ago when I was living in England and the name “Gibb Street” refers to a street in Digbeth which is one of the most distinctive areas of Birmingham, especially for its colorful atmosphere combining street culture, alternative music events, food courts & old buildings. This environment inspired me a lot and I wanted to dedicate this LP to this atypical place where I used to spend a lot of time at a certain period of my life.
What do you want to transmit in this work? What is the concept behind it?
In this project I wanted to create a journey made of downtempo vibes,ecstatic atmospheres, instrumental licks, deep & dreamy pad. It gathers many of my influences, representing different periods of my life. It seemed also important to me to include remixes in that project as it brings a new vision. The track Gibb Street has been remixed by GRiNCH, delivering a brand new powerful energy which fills the release with a banging version. Heno Heno has remixed the track Campario, bringing his deep vibe for a perfect club-made Deep House track.
As for your studio, what is it currently made up of?
My studio is composed of my Fender Stratocaster and two physical keyboards: the Yamaha Reface CP & the Roland JD-Xi. I’ve used both of them in every single track, the Reface for the chords, themes and solos. The JD-Xi has been very useful for the typical square basslines. On top of that I’m using a panel of meticulously selected plugins.
What is the one instrument you would never get rid of, no matter what?
With no doubt, my Stratocaster.
What was the last record store you visited? And what did you salvage from there?
Actually it’s been (surprisingly) a while since I’ve been digging in a record store but I think the last one was probably Innerdisc. This Toulouse-based shop always fills my collection with plenty of freshly selected references in Deep House, Jazz, Hip-Hop…
Do you have hope for the future of music? How would you like the future of the music industry to be?
Considering the fact that it’s quite complicated to earn money with music compared to the time spent on the produced content, it would be great if artists could benefit a better share of streaming platforms incomes for example.
Otherwise regarding music in general I'm looking forward to seeing all the possible evolutions of mixed genres and influences.
Can you reveal some future projects?
Apart from my solo project, I’m working on a new collaborative project with two friends from Toulouse. They are amazing bass player and singer so this project comes with a fresh new instrumental approach of electronic music.
What makes you happy?
I especially love interacting with people through music, seeing a crowd of smiling faces on the dancefloor is one of the best things I’ve ever experienced. Apart from music I also love exploring new places, traveling by bike and creating different things with my hands.