Those of you who have been with us for several years might remember that Compuphonic was one of the first artists we posted about, fast forward 3 years and we pleased to announce we grabbed 10 minutes with one of Belgium’s most exciting house producers to see what he has planned in 2013, talk about his upcoming trip to SXSW and we find out who came up with the name Compuphonic first.
HBF: When we first came across your music in 2009, we thought it shared a lot of similarities with the melodic tech-house on Get Physical, were they a big inspiration at the time?
Yes I’ve always followed Get Physical, especially those early years 2003 – 2007. I loved their mix between disco and house with simple yet catchy melodies. Their sound definitely had an impact on my music.
HBF: You’re from Belgium, did you ever consider jumping on the disco bandwagon, or have you always gravitated to more melodic house?
I’m not really into any one particular style or genre, I’ve always just made music the way I felt it. Now of course it’s a fact that the music gravitating around me might be an influence, but I’ve never felt completely comfortable just working inside a specific style or genre. I just create tracks with different tempos and different influences whilst trying to keep my own sound and style
HBF: You set up your own label Union Match – are there any plans to release more music through that in the future?
Yes of course! But right now, I have to mainly focus on my album so I’ve had to put the label to one side for the past few months.
HBF: You’ve made a lot of music with Kolombo – any plans for more collaborations in the future?
Well we’ve just released an EP ‘Sand Storm’ which came out on ‘This is’ (Sander Kleinberg’s Label) last week. We actually produce very well together so we try to see each other from time to time, even if we’re both really busy. We complement each others styles and quite often when we get together we can create a good track in less than a day.
HBF: If your studio was on fire and you could go back in a save one thing, what would it be and why?
That question freaks me out haha, choosing between my analog synthesizers is impossible. I’d rather die in flames with them!
HBF: You’re going to SXSW – what should the yanks expect from a Compuphonic DJ set?
My DJ sets are always evolving so I’ll mix in music that I was into ten years ago along with what I listen to today, and of course some of my own productions. Right now I really like to play melodic house and I’m especially interested in what’s coming out of the London scene. Artists like Waze & Odyssey, Real Connoisseur, Hot Since 82, Nice7, they are all blowing a fresh breeze through house and it’s really interesting again. So basically my set at SXSW will be the actual music that I like to listen to, simple really.
HBF: You’re a classically trained musician, would it be fair to say that you’ll one day you’d like to perform your music live?
Actually I’ve already played live many times! I love playing live and I’ve got a whole lot of new machines to use to keep it live.
HBF: What does 2013 hold in store for Compuphonic?
My first album.
HBF: Tell us how you came up with your name; did you steal it from Kris Menace?
Not at all. I only found out about the name of Kris’ label when I saw a record sleeve with Compuphonic written across it in large letters. I had already been using the name for a while then so I was actually a bit worried that it would be another artist.
The name actually came from the first synthesizer I ever owned, the Roland Promars Compuphonic. I was on the phone to the promoter of a party I was playing at and I had to quickly choose a name for a DJ set, I looked around, saw my first synth and the name came by itself.