How and when did you decide to go into music? Was it a natural choice?
I've actually always been into music, when I was a kid I used to sneak around my father’s music library and listen to every single vinyl or cd I could find. A few years later I walked in a music shop in Pigalle and I bought my first guitar. Before I got into production, music was just a way out. I didn’t really know much about all the production process and I was not really attracted to it.
What's the story behind your name?
The idea of Fever 105 was found a year ago, I wanted to find a name that characterizes my influences and my personality and the whole picture of Fever 105 came to me. I suppose it comes from my two years spent in California, rocked every day by this sensual and summery atmosphere.
With tracks like “Girl”, “I want you”...are you genuinely inspired by girls or is this just the way you roll (as a seducer...) ?
Women inspire me in a general way; I use every emotion or sensual feeling they could bring to me and use it as the starting point of my inspiration.
Does this explain your sneaking liking for Funk music, or have you always been attracted to those sexual 80's beats ?
I always been attracted to music that brings emotions, I've been into funk music for a while now but aside from Funk I was not especially into “ sexual beats “. I got into every kind of style as long as it reached my emotions and feelings. And this is maybe what gave me the culture. I get inspired by so much different types of music.
Can you tell us a bit more about the people you are working with at the moment ?
From the beginning, I placed importance on the image of Fever 105, I really wanted visuals and covers that portrayed my music and for this job I could only work with someone having the same way of feeling and visualising music. That's why I am working with the graphic designer JBLE.
Otherwise I am working on a disco-funk EP with HIMAN, another French producer who featured me on the Shiny Disco Club Compilation and who left France for the Australian Summer time.
It must be pretty exciting to see some of those names headlining the Dance KOKO Dance night in April. Do you think French touch electro and Italo-disco are going to reach the English masses ?
Sure, this night in April at KOKO shows that French touch electro and Italo-disco aren't dead, these styles are still very enjoyed. Artists like Daft Punk, Aeroplane, Alan Braxe and many more have led to the blossoming of this music. Moreover I can tell after living for almost two years in London that the public in England is pretty eclectic in terms of musical tastes, and this is why the music scene is so diverse here. From garage house, minimal, dubstep, drum n bass, Italo-disco, funk, rock, indie, alternative, hip hop, everything grasps the listener's attention in England as long as it comes to quality. In my opinion, this is a good path to follow.
You also did some post-production for the French comedy “Une pure affaire” (on screens since the 2nd of March). Are soundtracks and post-production something you are considering, or just another string to your bow ?
I had the chance to experience working on a movie and this is a totally different approach to making music or designing sounds to an image. Soundtracks and sound design for films are things that attract me as well.
How do you handle being in school and the gazillion projects you are involved in ?
That is a good question, to be honest all the projects I’ve been working on lately are kind of related to what I am learning at school, as I am studying sound engineering. So every project brings experience and knowledge in different areas .The only difference between school and life is that in school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
And where do you see yourself in 5 years ? Do you think the music industry will still be “an industry” ?
In 5 years… I actually don’t really know in which country I’ll be and what I will be doing. But I am sure of one thing tough, I will still make music and be passionate for what I’ll be doing. Nevertheless I know that in 5 years the music industry will be completely different, as the industry is falling down in a way. Music has never been as accessible and conversely it has never been as delicate to keep the industry running. All the new technologies have brought a lot to music but it is drowning it in the same time. And this is something we need to work on.
What are the things that inspire you the most ? What gives you the urge to produce a track ?
Life is inspiring, I use every emotion I could feel and try to recreate those emotions through music. Therefore I never sit down on a piano or a computer saying “ let’s make a new track “Doesn’t work like this, inspirations is random and when it comes you have to catch it.
Finally, who are your IDOLS ?
My “ IDOLS “ .. this is quite a tough question but I would say Prince, John Lennon, Serge Gainsbourg and Jimi Hendrix for the “ Old school “ and about the “new” generation I will stand with Sebastien Tellier, and of course Daft Punk for the fresh new wave of music they brought with the French touch, by mixing funk house, rock and techno.
Interview by Gabrielle Stival
Have a listen to the exclusive mix Fever created for Idol below and download for free at your leisure!