The Solid Shape Records imprint is renowned for pushing the boundaries when it comes to underground electronic music having put out the likes of Ostra, Luc Angenehm and Jonas Saalbach. The latest to enter the family, are duo Brahme, whose empowering techno really can't help but turn heads, especially their "L'enfant Sauvage" EP which comes packed with four driving original productions.
We both started music very young by learning acoustic instruments (guitar, piano, trumpet, etc.)...We caught up with the duo to uncover more behind the interesting journey that went into this special EP, plus the story of how music was born between the two talents.
Hi guys, great to get the chance to talk to you today. So you have just released your latest EP on the amazing Solid Shape Records imprint, how did your relationship start with this label?
We were looking for new musical collaborations and our influences and musical preferences led us to Solid Shapes Records, which have a history of signing good artists and have an artistic line that we like very much.
Can you tell us about how you two began making music?
We both started music very young by learning acoustic instruments (guitar, piano, trumpet, etc.). Before we were interested in electronic music, we listened to a lot of rock and amplified music. Today we are both professors at a music school and our musical practice focuses on the different ways of playing electronic music.
There is always a story that runs through our work. It is very important for us to make sense of our music...Talk us through the creative procedure behind this latest EP? Is there a story running across all of the tracks?
Yes, there is always a story that runs through our work. It is very important for us to make sense of our music. We would be unable to create music without knowing what is being told.
On this record it’s the fascinating case of "the wild child". A wild child is a child who grew up outside or on the margins of any human society. We have sensed different cases that inspired us to compose four tracks: Victor de l'Aveyron, Oxana Malaya, Hadara, and Marie Angélique Le Blanc. The music of this EP is influenced by the contrast between these strong words that define the wild child: Human and Animal, Wild and Civilized, Disturbing and Fascinating, Innate and Acquired.
How is the EP split in regards to software and hardware in the studio? It certainly has a raw sound running throughout.
The sound sources used are variable and multiple: there’s a mix of analog synthesizers, field recording, pluggins and software.
I think the most important is to have recordings of real sounds that best allow us to express our universe...How do you decide who works on what in the studio? Is one of you better at percussion for example and you handle that role?
We always have the same way of proceeding: there is one who deals with the rhythmic structure (drums and synthesizer) and the other who deals with narration and sound design.
Is there one piece of studio equipment that really defines your sound more than something else?
Not really. I think the most important is to have recordings of real sounds that best allow us to express our universe.
Looking back at when you had just begun listening to music, at the time what were you listening to, and how do you feel it has influenced the sound that you make today?
At the time we had heard very little techno and dance music. Like many people, we listened to a lot of Warp Records, Amon Tobin, Autechre, Alva Noto, but also Ed Banger, and so on. It's also thanks to a concert by Arnaud Rebotini that we really start listening to techno.
Now we are thinking about making a real live show with machines exclusively...When on the road, how do you undertake a live performance? Is it a simple back to back, or do you look to include more live elements.
This is a great question; that we are often asked. We have already tried several options: back-to-back, live with a computer set up, but now we are thinking about making a real live show with machines exclusively.
Currently, who would you say is your biggest influence within the electronic music genre, and also who is your biggest influence outside of the electronic genre?
In electronic music our influences are: SNTS, Polar Inertia, Ketev, Iori, to name a few. Outside from electronic music, it is the same, we have several: Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt, Gyorgy Ligety, etc.
What can we expect to hear from you over the coming months and on into 2017?
We have an EP scheduled for the beginning of 2017, which will be released on the Quebec label DMT records so watch out for that one.