French producer extraordinaire Tepr, aka Tanguy Destable, has been involved in electronic music in one form or another in his native France since he was 17. The Parisian producer and DJ was previously part of Woodkid, alongside Yoann Lemoine, and also worked with French pop extraordinaire Yelle.
More recently, though, Destable has been working under his Tepr alias which has seen the Parisian producer remix the likes of Martin Solveig, M83, Calvin Harris (‘The Girls’) and Santigold (‘Say Aha’), and has also released a couple of a excellent EPs via Yuksek’s seminal French imprint Partyfine.
We sat down with Tanguy Destable to find out a little bit more about his varied influences, what his studio in Paris is like and what he’d save from his studio if it was on fire.
Can you please Introduce yourself.
Hi, my name is Tanguy Destable, my artist name is Tepr (pronounced Tepper)
Whereabouts are you today… ?
My place and my studio are both located in the lower east side of the 9th area of Paris — so that’s where you’ll find me most days !
And what’s the view like…?
Gives us five words that best describes your new track…?
Teenage, Indie, Breakfast, Club, Shoegaze
Who inspired you into a life of music… ?
Do you ever regret it…?
Not a single day! Sure, I don’t have a steady income but I don’t have a boss on my back.
If you could change one thing about the music industry what would it be and why…?
It’s already evolving so much day after day ! I wouldn’t change a thing.
Who is your favourite artist…?
It changes every day of course! Last week I would have say Cy Twombly, there was an incredible retrospective at the Centre Georges Pompidou. As for today, I would say Francis Bacon as I just re-read the interview with Michel Archimbaud yesterday. He says great things about how you should carefully apprehend your studio environment, your technics, let accidents happen…
What was the first record you bought…?
Mask. It was my very first pocket money ! I was 8 and still have it !
What was the last record you bought…?
I just bought two yesterday! First, this amazing Townes Van Zandt live on discogs, cult songwriter! And for my next gigs I just bought the last Thomas Schumacher EP, and as usual it’s a great EP, top notch writing and producing.
What track do you wish you’d written…?
Gui Boratto’s ‘Beautiful Life’ — such an anthem!
What track makes you happiest…?
Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’, every time!
What track makes you saddest…?
Gregorio Allegri’s ‘Miserere’. This one doesn’t make me sad but it does make me emotional.
What’s your favourite club…?
Definitely Razzmatazz in Barcelona. Such a happy mess !
What’s your favourite after party record…?
Pryda’s ‘Rymd’, and I play it for the full 9 minutes.
What track has had the most influence on you…?
Boards of Canada ‘A beautiful place out in the country’
Which of your own tracks are you most proud of…?
‘Hello E’ on my last EP has a special place in my heart.
What’s your current favourite record…?
Stephan Bodzin’s ‘Powers of Ten’. An amazing album!
If your studio was one fire and you go back in to save one thing, what would it be and why…?
My Roland Jupiter 8 ! It was given to me by my godfather 10 years ago and I’ve been taking real good care of it ever since. It’s almost on all of my tracks !