03 Sep 2019 Interview with Cvd & Mido [MENACE Records]
A few weeks ago we discovered Cvd's new single "Mr Fuego". The Parisian offered us a non-stop flight alongside his double Jet Setter and a few rhythm boxes calibrated for the occasion. You have to take this track as a good omen since it is the precursor of a series of singles to appear on MENACE.
VIDEO Starting with Charles, what is Mr Fuego and where are we going with that ? C : Mr Fuego was made more than one year ago following a post break-up period. The song speaks about a fictive alter ego, a guy a bit lost who galvanize himself being a player with the girls to escape his routine. It's a pretty classic fiction but it was mostly a joke, a joke which lasted. I have 4/5 tracks I made at this time, the first is entitled "Getting Busy", already out on a compilation from Cascade Records in which you can hear a low voice announcing Mr Fuego, the other tracks will be out really soon... How did this Cvd / MENACE connection occured ? Did you know each other ? M : Yeah, it must be since 5 or 6 years. Charles comes from Toulouse and I think we met via Early Holography who also originates from Toulouse, he crafted the artwork as well as the video of Jeremy Talon's ‘Outs’,the first relase of the label. I instantly got hooked by Charles' sound, at this time we threw several MENACE parties and he took care of the opening at those occasions (Ras G at Badaboum (RIP), Daisuke Tanabe, Shobaleader One, Squarepusher's side project at the New Morning...) Charles also mixed and arranged a few tracks on my last EP “Kumo”. C : You were pretty well established in Paris and above all, the very few to represent the "beat" scene. It was Soundcloud's golden age and back then we were somehow amazed by the quality of the tracks and the number displayed on the listening count. There were Khryo , Adjaman , SNKA , Babel Métis , you Mido , all this dudes we considered as the French ambassadors of the beat scene. Speaking of which, I think I never told you Mido but at first I was a bit scared to approach you for a chat, you all seemed unattainable [laughs]. But soon after, we got closer. So, you're in Paris since 5-6 years ? Exactly, I was in Toulouse and I left for Paris because I wanted to make music, I couldn't stay, there was nothing for me in Toulouse. I studied sound engineering at GRM (musical researches group) where I realised that the best way not to make music only for myself was to make music for others as an engineer. Then I decided to knock on record companies' doors and I got hired at Tricatel . What about you Mido ? Were you in Paris since forever ? M: I'm from the Parisian region near Enghien-les-Bains but I also lived in Japan, I still go frequently. Yeah, I was about to ask because there a strong connection with Japan considering MENACE releases and collaborations. My first trip was in 2012 with my girlfriend at this time, we spent a year there and since then I spend several month more each years and I try to go as often as possible ! Japan was very important for me and the label, for numerous reasons : the label got more professional there, it's in Japan we got our first distributions ( Jazzy Sport ), our first parties as well, Toky00 , Adjaman and SNKA came to play in 2013, it really reinforced our friendship. Label's “launch party” took place in Tokyo. Lot of Japanese artists got signed or gravitate around the label, lot of them came to play in Paris for example Daisuke Tanabe , Keita Sano , Ill Sugi , Bugseed , Toshio Matsuura ... Were there some kind of evolutions since you started MENACE ? M : Of course, there is a natural evolution for all labels. I always thought about releasing all genres of music, from beats to eletronica including jazz, indie... I'm really glad of the release of Toshio Matsuura's jazz record : Toshio Matsuura (Presents HEX), it was recoreded and released on CD by Blue Note Japan in 2014, it's a record which is really pertinent in today's scene. It was the perfect project to open MENACE to new musical horizons, even if it is always more simple after a jazz album [laughs]. We'll continue releasing hip hop and beats but we're currently working on a neo-jazz project and more are to come in electronic, club, ambient, cinematic genre. What about you Charles ? Were there some steps in you musical project ? C : At the beginning I played guitar and sang in a band very influenced by Radiohead. We tried to take an electronic turn together but it didn't work, the "computer music" pushed each member to do it on their own. So I had a consequent period making electronic music. But today I come back to something more direct, I try to avoid intricated arrangements... even if I would still have that geek side at the end. You sing, you play guitar, do you record everything or do you use alternate techniques ? C: That's right, I record everthing, I can't work with sample, I have the impression of being prisoner from the sample afterward, however I do use lot of field recording for which I use a zoom. What's next for you Mido ? M : What's next... a live, ideally a trio with me at the machines, a drummer and someone who would go back an forth between bass, guitar and keyboard... I recorded several musicians on my new songs, including some musicians from the Orchestre Orage with whom I played a concert last year and also Necky and Jo, the musicians from Underground Canopy, the "neo-jazz" project to come on MENACE in early 2020. Otherwise I feel good with the music I'm doing now, a melancholic sound, downtempo, between hip hop and electronics, that should remain. Finally, tell us a little bit about the US, you were there together this year, weren't you ? Mido, do you go there on a frequent basis ? M : Indeed, I go once or twice a year, I have a few good friends there and MENACE is well distributed. Charles came with me this winter to meet Alpha Pup (Daddy Kev's label, creator of Low End Theory's nights), we work with him now and Charles played at the Ace Hotel of Los Angeles, that was cool ! C : That was awesome to meet there, like a kind of teenager dream which came true.
Cvd - Mr Fuego