‘Hank’s’ by Clement Roussel (December 15, 2011) *
I have a thing or two to say about Parisian producer Clement Roussel’s latest (Christmas) release, ‘Hank’s’. Lately we’ve been seeing Roussel drift into a more pop oriented, vocal based electronica style, in complete opposition to the patience involved in his early work. Not to say that the qualities didn’t carry over on tracks like ‘Lost in Translation’, but ‘Hank’s' exhibits exactly the reverse. Going back to an instrumental based, electronic approach, Clement strategically takes what he’s learned from his featured pop peers and lets it flow smoothly into his solo work.
‘Lost in Translations (feat. Stella Le Page)’ by Clement Roussel (November 8, 2011) *
As promised in a recent interview, Clement Roussel shows off the beginning fruition of his vocal collaborations. Working the talented Stella Le Page into the mix, Roussel seems to have consciously taken a back seat (in a very classy way) to let the melody shine through. Like Zero7 on When it Falls, it isn’t the compositional complexities that get you, it’s the emotive power of the tracking; the inflating swells and the dips.
Parisian producer Clement Roussel talks to Dingus about his past, present and future:
Dingus: How did you get your start?
Roussel: I began music when I was a child. Due to my father who was a pro musician, I grew up influenced by classical and jazz. I was in traditional music for a long time, then I discover, quite late, electronic music, a kind who deeply influenced me, that’s why I began to produce two years ago.
When you began to produce, what was your product like?
Honestly, the first tracks were kind of bad; a mix between robotic and trash sounds… I was only a kid that didn’t know what he was doing, moreover I was hanging out everytime and the club didn’t help with all the electrotrash tracks back in 2007/2008.
How did you break away from those early influences to do your own thing?
At the beginning, I experienced the music I created and over time, by learning the techniques of composition, I managed to get what I really wanted. Now I am able to reproduce exactly what’s in my head. There is also the fact that I have matured musically, which is normal, we all started doing some shit and then start producing stuff that’s listenable.
How do you feel about the internet-based music industry?
It’s really good because through it, internet labels are no longer as important as before, now we can release a song without having to change it because it does not fit exactly the needs of a label. One can really get what you want, and it can really let their creativity run free. It also allows unsigned guys make themselves known. But that does not mean that labels are bad.
What should we expect in the future? Are you working on any projects lengthier than just a single?
For now, I’ll make more songs as possible on my solo project and my group project, Steiner. Then I would see how it goes for me; if I try to make some official release or if I do not feel ready yet.
Recently you featured vocalists, can we expect more of that?
Absolutely, I love to work with vocalist. I have been working on two tracks and decided to do my first EP. I can already say that Stella Le Page will sing on one of the tracks.
Will you’re EP have a theme beyond your aesthetic?
This ep, I think, will define me well, because it advances two facets of my way of composing. The first piece, I always worked it in the middle of the night because it evokes me this moment when you do not any more try to make something very precise musically, the moment when you make some music unguardedly, by being honest with yourself and without trying to please the others. And the second advances the enthusiasm which I have to work with the other artists, this piece I do not have it make for me but for Stella contrary for the first piece which is very personal. It was important for me that this ep contains this contradiction in my way of composing.
‘One Way (Clement Roussel Remix)’ by Square Mode
Of all the musicians covered here on Dingus, Clement Roussel is one of my favorite. Here is an awesome remix from his soundcloud. Unfortunately the track has reached the download limit. Maybe we’ll see it soon on his bandcamp.
‘You Don’t Understand’ by Clement Roussel (July 19, 2011)
‘You Don’t Understand’ is a delightful two minute single from Clement Roussel. Completely atmospheric, it seems to give the slow motion effect that every happy movie moment needs. We look forward to hearing more from this artist in the near future.