If you’re going to create alter-ego, a “Ferrari Testarossa-driving zombie from a bygone decade” seems like a good direction to go with.
Huffington Post – who describes Kavinsky as such – sat down with the French genre-bender recently to discuss working in images, what not to classify his music as, hip hop and more.
So you’d say you work in images, more than sound? Absolutely, that’s the only way for me to work. I can’t make something from nothing and just create music like this [snaps]. It really helps me a lot to get some images in my head. Then I can work. And I prefer to make an image with my own story, rather than someone else’s. So that’s why I made the story.
Do you think people in America still think of you as a dance outfit? My point was really to say that my music is definitely not for clubs. If you put it in a club, everyone is leaving. I really wanted to say, “OK, I play DJ sets but my music will definitely not be club music.” I prefer you put my music on at home, or the best is in a car. You get that submarine sonorisation, it’s the best way. But yeah, if my music was labeled as dance? That would be a nightmare for me.
Is that funny for you that any French artist has to be compared to Daft Punk? For me, it’s not a problem. I prefer that than David [Guetta]. [Laughs] Of course, I have Twitter and when I read this, I’m like, “wow, what are they going to think about my album when they’re waiting for some Daft Punk.” So I’m freaking out a little bit, because Daft Punk is still playable in clubs. I really don’t know shit about their albums. I don’t want to ask them to have me listen, and I don’t even know if they would make me listen. I’m honestly very flattered that people can make these comparisons.
You’re really into hip-hop, especially the classics. Are you interested at all in the blends of hip-hop, trap and other dance movements? It’s good to see that hip-hop can be everywhere. We have one of the most famous guys in France, Patrick Bruel. He’s a big acoustic guitar guy. I really hate his music. It’s shit like you can’t even imagine. And everybody loves it. Even that kind of guy is featuring French rappers on his album. So rap isn’t like before, when it was like “Oh, you listen to rap?” Now your mom, your dad, everyone is listening to rap and they don’t even know it. It’s cool and not cool.
Read the whole interview here.