At that time I was way too young to witness the release of "Homework." However, a couple of years later when French Touch was at its peak, my favorite thing was to sit in front of MTV and watch music videos such as "Music Sounds Better With You" by Stardust, "Lady Hear Me Tonight" by Modjo, "Starlight" by The Supermen Lovers, "One More Time" by Daft Punk, "Sexy Boy" by Air... Since that time, I had always wondered how these artists were able to create their music and this is what inspired me to start producing music.
Cherokee was initially a duo composed by you and French producer Darius. Darius has now a successful solo career, and you took over Cherokee. How would you describe that evolution and its impact on the sound of Cherokee?
To be honest, I just continue to work with the same thrive and passion, and I always remember why I started this journey. At times, it can be easier to work solo because ultimately, you are the only person who will take decisions that may change the course of your career. The music is now more personal, and it comes from me –I feel that I am able to take risks and be in control of where the project is heading. Since Terence [Darius] left in late 2013, the project Cherokee has kept on growing immensely and today I can say that I feel grateful to have achieved some of my childhood dreams.
What kind of dreams?
Being able to perform on the three continents... I still need to perform in Japan though [laughs]!
You're part of the label Roche Musique, which is certainly one of the most important electronic French label from the last 10 years. How do you explain the long-term success of the label, as a collective?
Everyone behind Roche Musique had been long-time friends, before the label was founded. It only felt natural to release some of my music with them, and I believe that everyone on the Roche team is passionate, and able to bring something different to the collective, which is a big factor in its success today.
What's your favorite thing about Los Angeles? A lot of French creatives now live in LA, how does that feel being a Frenchman in LA?
The thing I like to do the most is to drive through the canyons, by the beaches during late afternoon and at the end of the day try to to find a place to watch the sunset... Whether it's on Ocean Blvd in Santa Monica or Mulholland Dr in Hollywood, it always feels pretty special.
On Friday, October 26th, Le Bain presents Cherokee
Yacine, Hart & surprise guest
10pm | The Standard, High Line