An Englishman with a French name making American sounding music - Pierre Codarin is a ball of contradictions. Over the past few years he’s been stirring a few pots in the deep house scene - Leftroom, Resonance Records and Huxley & Jimmy Posters’ Saints & Sonnets all releasing his music. 2016 sees him start his own imprint; self titled Pierre Codarin, with a three track EP. We spoke to Pierre ahead of the vinyl release in January.
It is cool to have a multicultural back ground, it means I had to travel a lot visiting some interesting places through Europe...Firstly, a bit about your background - you’ve a French sounding name, are you a refugee in the UK?
No, I have an Italian father he came over in the late 70s and English mother I was born and raised in the UK but regularly go to Italy to see my family over there, the French first name is by choice of parents and I do get asked that question a lot. It is cool to have a multicultural back ground, it means I had to travel a lot visiting some interesting places through Europe; also my father had a restaurant when I was young so I had a good up bringing on great food, which is amazing.
Tell us about the new EP
The new EP will be coming out on my label which will have its first release on 22nd January via 12 and digital platform in February. The next release will be coming sometime in May. It’s a project for me to get my music out via all platforms as I do believe there is definitely two lots of consumers out there for the music that do not really tend to cross over that much so this way it reaches everyone.
Was there an inspiration behind the EP?
To be honest it’s just what I was feeling at the time, my tastes are not really anything specific so whatever was sounding good, I put it down. I do have influences, I am a big fan of the broken beat sound as some of my past releases will show. Moody and dark also tends to find its way...
Is your label solely for your own releases?
For now that’s the plan but who knows I have a lot of friends who I would like to show the world who are making great music so maybe in the future it can happen.
I have a lot of friends who I would like to show the world who are making great music...Your sound is a cross between bumping Chicago house and Detroit Techno, which producers have influenced you the most?
Wow there’s a lot but, the ones that really stand out for me are The Underground Resistance guys, Motor City Drum, Matthew Johnson, Chez Damier, Theo Parish and I really love what Brawther and Paranoid London are doing at the moment too. Anything drums machine based heavy chords, melodies and lots of soul. It must have soul!
The 303 features heavily in some of your tracks - are you a hardware nut?
All my productions will start with hardware I have a few bits of kit I have collected and used over the years, the TR - 808, Minitaur and The Analog Four being my favourites, I will jam with it all live for hours until I get to a good place, then I will record it in live and edit it in Logic after. It is good for me to have a real natural work flow and writing live is the best way. I’m not one for placing blocks and bars on a computer all day, where is the fun in that?!
It good for me to have a real natural work flow and writing live is the best way....If you could keep one piece of studio equipment?
My TR-808, I will take it to my grave!
Dance music is bigger than ever - do you have any predictions for the scene in 2016?
I just hope it will be as exciting as 2015, I feel that the broken beat scene will make an appearance and I really feel there will be a resurgence of 80's electro sounding tracks. Techno made it big this year and everything got a lot darker which I love but at the same time there is such a variety of great dance music out there, disco for example I’m hearing being sampled in a lot more tracks more tracks lately which is cool.
If you could ban something from dance music what would it be?
Tuff question… MTV, I mean I dislike the trashy stuff (Commercialisation) that comes with that side of things but we live in a world where if it becomes popular everyone wants a piece of it and over the last few years dance music has definitely done that!
What’s your experience of Ibiza?
I have been going there for over 10 years and had some amazing experiences, I remember working over there in 2005 for the Summer for a Spanish guy called Pepe at a small Bar in the San-An Bay he gave me a Season pass to a club way out in the sticks... It was DC10, the rest was history. I returned every year after that but only doing the season one more time in 2013 where I was a weekly resident for Hypercolour at Sankeys that too was really cool.
Lots of gigs coming up also with a night I am a resident at called KLIK in the UK...What does 2016 hold for you?
The launch of my new label in January and also joining Huxley’s new imprint 'No ideas Original' which I have signed two EPs, the first release is out in March, then my second release from my label we are looking at early summer 2016. Lots of gigs coming up also with a night I am a resident at called KLIK in the UK.
Justin Bieber has just collaborated with Skrillex and Diplo - who is your preferred pop star to remix/collab?
Is Bieber free? I would love a collab with some of the 80s crew Talk Talk, Simple minds or Prince even. I did really like that track called Lazy X.press 2 made with David Byrne from Talking Heads, that vocal was really cool so maybe someone like that?
We are seeing a lot more live artists coming through playing with no computers and just machines...Do you think the deep house fascination has legs for 2016, or feel the scene has something else up its sleeve?
I believe there is legs for everything as long as it sounds good, good DJs are really getting more experimental with their sets and playing across the board so anything can shine no matter what sound its pigeon holed too.
2015 was good for Techno artists and that’s what everyone wanted next year it maybe something else. We are seeing a lot more live artists coming through playing with no computers and just machines so maybe 2016 could be the year for real live acts to shine?