French house imposter L’Etranger presents his latest four-track EP, For The Floor: a flawless homage to filtered, disco-tinged house music in all its uplifting technicolor splendor.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing him and this has been the result.
Thanks for talking to us. Where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
Hey my pleasure! I’m in my studio right now working on a track. I started the day with a coffee and then a bike ride.
When did the idea of starting a musical project start to take shape? Has it always been something you wanted to do?
I started L’Étranger in 2010 inspired by the sampling of the likes of Daft Punk and Modjo. I was in various bands through out my teens sharing music via MySpace and before that in around 2004 I hosted my own website where I’d share my music under the alias The Hours
What are some of the key techniques behind your approach to producing your new EP?
All the tracks on this EP are loop based so the starting point is finding a loop the grooves, adding a kick drum and drawing it out with other bits of instrumentation so its dance floor ready.
How much time do you tend to spend digging for new music?
Not as much as I’d like to! Unless people send me stuff I’m usually fairly late to the party when it comes to new artists unfortunately. I usually find new music listening to other artist’s DJ mixes or sometimes the YouTube algorithm will recommend the odd track.
What other artists are you interested in these days?
I’m really digging Sam Gellaitry, as well as Mike Sandcastle and a duo called Lipstick — they’re all making really interesting French-House influenced records. Well worth checking out!
Can you tell us anything about your other projects for the rest of 2023 and beyond?
Sure. I release a fair bit of lofi hip-hop under a few different monikers through Apple’s label PLATOON. I’ll also be releasing a follow-up single under my UKG alias Tom Fool I’m also working on material with Dreamtrak which I’m very excited to share!