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INTERVIEW: Sheitan Brothers

Actualizado: 18 oct 2021

The Sheitan Brothers fulfill a promise made at night. The one who at the same time claws and plucks and at the same time remains close to the sun. Now they publish Legend Of Sh3itAn together with S3A.

We had the pleasure of talking to them and this is the result.

Where are you and what have you been doing now?

Pierre Marie: I am at my office taking a break with a coffee between tons of emails end meeting.

Patrick: I’m in a train, travelling to Paris to work and meet a French DJ crew: Mister T Records

What was the first thing that attracted you to the world of electronic music?

PM: This:

and This :

I was a Jazz listener and musician. I discover electronic threw the massive work of Ninja Tunes and Warp early 2000 creating bridges between hip-hop and electronic stuff.

P: When I was younger, I use to be a quiet hard core gamer, I grew up with this amazing revolution in the 90’s who changed an entire generation. From the first Gameboy to the first Playstation, we were in front of an amazing visual and musical evolution. The soundtrack of Wipeout 2097 on Playstation was a kind of high kick in my face feeding my ears with lot of artists as The Chemical Brothers, Prodigy or Underworld. Electronic music came into my life at this precise moment.

Do you remember any album or concert that has changed everything?

PM: I would say the album "gambit" by the french saxophonist Julien Loureau.

This album wasn't electronic range of music but as a modern jazz musician Loureau make an attempt of an instrumental house project. Really turn me crazy when I was sixteen.

In term of experiment, the first Nuits sonores edition back in 2003. Randomly I was part of the team who was organising the first edition (20 years later I am the artistic director of the festival). I remember like it was yesterday it was my first meeting with a rave and techno event. I was on the stage watching five thousand people screaming at the same time during the break of dave Clark killing it. I was not aware of techno before. I discover a new form of contextual art this night !!!

P: So many albums or concert changed my curiosity and my music culture, each one was a kind of personal revolution, it gave me the opportunity to dig deeper in music history and discover many treasures. If I focus on a pure and unexpected emotion, I will just quote the Köln concert of Keith Jarret who was for me something really mystic and powerful.

Since you got into this professionally, what did you miss the most nationally, internationally and on the contrary, what helped you the most to grow, even to believe in yourself?

PM: As I consider making music as a passion. I have many difficulties to think it professionaly. As music is also my job as promoter so mixing is more a way to live this passion differently. So I have absolutely no frustration about this. I think frustration is for the artist the way of killing a career or to push you in the deep.

P: As Pierre Marie said, it’s also for me a pure passion, I don’t expect anything with. I just want to feel free to do what I want to do. All the people we met on the road helped us to get better, we have now a lot of really close friends all around the world, we are sharing music, we are joking a lot, music create stories and I like to live it in this way.

How is the music scene living in your city with this murky pandemic situation?

PM: The situation was like a nightmare where you are angry and gorgeous food dissapear when you try to grab it.

P: It was a long desert to walk trough… But we need to look forward now.

What are your favorite places to hang out in the city?

PM: Le sucre, le fennec and Super 5

P: Soooo many places, to add few good name to the Pierre Marie’s list: CCO (an amazing parc where you can promote party), Miimo (An Italian restaurant with a lot of cool DJ’s and great music), Le Barcandier where chef Jean Luc is rocking the place with his cuisine, La Madonne, Gigi, Phnom Pich and his street Thai food, Mont Berliner, the one and only Kebab in town where all the sandwich have a DJ name etc…

Have you had time to focus on making music, spending time with your family, or planning future projects?

PM: Extend the time is a key graal in my life.

P: AHAHAHAH absolutely not, but we make our best to optimize every extra minutes we can have to turn it into something fun.

How was your last project born?

PM: He is 1m tall, 16,5kg, blue eyes, curvy airs called Marius and try everyday to steal my expensive vinyl and not cleaning his bedroom every day but is look like an angel.

P: 2 years ago we met a Brazilian guy in Lyon, he came from Sao Paulo and his name is Pedro Bertho (as known as Pierre Berthier here, don’t tell him I’ve spoke about this French knickname, he would cut my head off). We started to work on a new collective project named FURIE connecting Brazilian, French and African spirits, it’s growing day after day promoting artists through podcast on our soundcloud or with parties we organizing here. Go follow FURIE!

What do you want to convey in this work? What is the concept behind?

PM: The concept is to bring unknown music range from all over the world in an easy way and to make discover how rich is the music all over the world. We also want to clouding the issue with an what the fuck and funny communication with a strong knowledge and serious approach of music behind.

P: He said everything!

What projects are you working on right now? What can you tell us about your last job?

PM: We are in a very exciting project at the moment that start right before the Covid issue. We have travelled in Abidjan (Ivory cost) for a festival and for friend who run "Blanc Manioc" after this travel we have decide to collaborate with western african artist to make an album. After many back and forth from Lyon to Abidjan the project grew up. It will be a big mess of 80's sample from western funk era mixed with a "hard drum" approch with mc's, breaks etc...

P: Our last big job was to release this new EP « The Legend of The Sh3itAn » created in really close collaboration with Max aka S3A. He is an amazing producer and he was so patient, with Pierre Marie, we use to come with a lot of ideas, intentions, samples, it could be super messy but he knew how to read us and gave to this EP a real identity. Its for us the perfect balance between our crazy vision of production and his huge capacity to make things happen. Love you « bubuche ».

Has that sound changed a lot in recent years? What is your musical criteria?

PM: We took many path but we are still in this research of making tracks we want play that doesn't exist. It is still a memory from past 70's 80's studio music all over world with highlight from Brazil, Africa or middle east but we are watching these from our contemporary eyes. we try to bring futur with our past tastes ultimately.

P: Same same!

As for your studio, what is your setup currently made of?

We always work with productors that understand where we want to go. We have colaborate with Pedro Bertho, S3A or Nicolas Taite the main process is sampling, set up in ableton live and sometimes brings gear like TR 808 or 303.

What's the one team you'll never get rid of, no matter what?

PM: Our sheitan tag team !!!

P: and A team because they rock it!

What would you say is the definition of your sound?

PM: Unknown music for a notorious audience

P: This is your captain speaking, welcome on Sheitan airlines, buckle your seatbelt, take a big breathe and enjoy the ride, we will take care of the rest.

What was the last record store you visited and what did you get out there?

PM: It was a record store in Dakar (Senegal) called Torobee distribution where I find this gems that I was looking for (Diane Solo):

P: I’ve bought my last records on Discogs some weeks ago:

Found some crazy stuffs, take a look malendro:






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