LE BAIN: You've been interviewing a lot of dance music artists from France, Chicago, Detroit, and New York. What did you learn about the future?
JULIAN STARKE: As Underground Resistance's manifesto proclaims: "Techno is a music based in experimentation; it is music for the future of the human race. Without this music there will be no peace, no love, no vision. By simply communicating through sound, techno has brought people of all different nationalities together under one roof to enjoy themselves." I love the message of hope in that. Techno is linked to the past and the future, linked to the aborigines and to the robots. Working on French Waves also taught me that technology makes us more dependent and independent at the same time.
What do you mean?
What happens in music now? Thanks to technology and social media, we think that we are more independent, but in fact we are more dependent (addicted) than artists of the 1990s were to their major record company doing the entire promotional job for them. At the same time, the music production is cheaper now than it was before (in music, but also in film or video), so we're freer to do whatever we like regarding the artistic aspect as long as we also take care of the promotional one. All in all, I think that we will be freer in creativity, but also more dependent to technology and maybe more independent...and solitary.