Music: soundbite

Jacques Du Cont of Les Rhythmes Digitales

What are you doing at the moment?

I have just come from recording the new single, "(Hey You) What's That Sound?". The release date is 27 July. It's, um, a disco-fuelled Eighties boogie track. It's another one of those vocal sample loops over a groovy background. It's the first record I have made which is a home listening tune and a club one. It is quite a crossover, without blatantly trying to be mainstream.

Are you happy with how things are going?

There have been no boulders in my path. Being on an independent label [Wall of Sound], I haven't been obstructed by barriers like commercial viability. The B-side is Eighties doom pop, a depressing track which, being on an independent, I can put out. There are no A&R men saying it won't sell. Friends signed to major labels say the same thing - you get the fast car, money but are ultimately doomed.

What's it like being part of the Wall Of Sound crew, known for partying as much as music?

It's 24-hour bedlam. Fun is always top of the list. It's like being part of a family. There is no anonymity.

Do you prefer recording or performing live?

Originally I preferred recording. But the way things have progressed, the live shows are reflected on the record. Almost everything in the album is part of the live experience. Playing around the world, I have been able to judge different reactions very quickly. I keep the knowledge of the dance floor, but meet it half way to keep my integrity. Now I couldn't have one without the other.

What has influenced you?

I started playing the piano when I was five. The musical training is reflected - I don't want to sound pretentious - in my music being harmonically correct and having a proper structure. I learned from a classical training rather than from listening to records. My parents were both classical pianists who then became accountants. They weren't exactly keen for me to take an interest in music as it is hard to make a living.

What is important to you in a track?

I think that one of the things missing in dance is that they don't know how to do melodies. They ask: "Will this work loud?" and forget about the melody. You can produce music two ways: either harmonically correct or sod that and make it loud. Either might work, but for me the satisfaction is knowing that I have made a musical song.

What do you listen to?

The Eighties bands like Fashion, Human League, some electro or Afrika Bambaata. There is not a lot of modern-day music that excites me. I have got my head in the sand like that. I am 20 now, so I missed the Eighties first time round, they amaze me now. I like those records as if they were new today - not because I like old records. I like the music element, suckered into the melodies. I think that a lot of songs, and this is not just in the production, you can hum to every single one. Whereas today you have to say: "Have you heard that tune, it has a wicked beat?" The heroes of modern dance like Norman Cook realise that there is more than that. But big beat has become passe, it was bound to happen. Roll on the next label.

Jacques du Cont, the Aquarium, Old Street, London, 4 June.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookA delicious collection of 50 meaty main courses
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Recruitment Genius: Business Analyst - 12 Month FTC - Entry Level

    £23000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Business Analyst is required ...

    Recruitment Genius: Chefs - All Levels

    £16000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: To succeed, you will need to ha...

    Recruitment Genius: Maintenance Engineer

    £8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join an award winni...

    Recruitment Genius: Telesales Executive & Customer Service - Call Centre Jobs!

    £7 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Are you outgoing? Do you want to work in...

    Day In a Page

    Isis in Syria: Influential tribal leaders hold secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over possibility of mobilising against militants

    Tribal gathering

    Influential clans in Syria have held secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over the possibility of mobilising against Isis. But they are determined not to be pitted against each other
    Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

    Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

    A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
    Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously

    Illnesses, car crashes and suicides

    Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously
    Srebrenica 20 years after the genocide: Why the survivors need closure

    Bosnia's genocide, 20 years on

    No-one is admitting where the bodies are buried - literally and metaphorically
    How Comic-Con can make or break a movie: From Batman vs Superman to Star Wars: Episode VII

    Power of the geek Gods

    Each year at Comic-Con in San Diego, Hollywood bosses nervously present blockbusters to the hallowed crowd. It can make or break a movie
    What do strawberries and cream have to do with tennis?

    Perfect match

    What do strawberries and cream have to do with tennis?
    10 best trays

    Get carried away with 10 best trays

    Serve with ceremony on a tray chic carrier
    Wimbledon 2015: Team Murray firing on all cylinders for SW19 title assault

    Team Murray firing on all cylinders for title assault

    Coaches Amélie Mauresmo and Jonas Bjorkman aiming to make Scot Wimbledon champion again
    Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!

    Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

    Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!
    Ashes 2015: Angus Fraser's top 10 moments from previous series'

    Angus Fraser's top 10 Ashes moments

    He played in five series against Australia and covered more as a newspaper correspondent. From Waugh to Warne and Hick to Headley, here are his highlights
    Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

    EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

    An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
    Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

    Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

    The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
    How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

    Heavy weather

    What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
    World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

    World Bodypainting Festival 2015

    Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
    alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

    Don't call us nerds

    Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high