Gone Deville is a Canadian music producer and DJ who works across multiple genres including deep house, afro tech, afrobeat, and hip-hop. His music has been released by leading electronic labels such as Toolroom, Madorasindahouse, Mile End Records and Disques Nuits d’Afrique, while in the studio he has worked with a wide variety of international artists such as Martin Roth, Wu-Tang Clan, Kizaba, Pierre Kwenders, Shah Frank and many more.
The first iteration of Park Bench landed several years ago and was an unexpected hit on Soundcloud, clocking up close to 100,000 plays. This new version, Park Bench (Rework) maintains the groggy, dreamlike atmosphere of the original recording, but takes more direct aim at the dance floor, slightly increasing the tempo and adding cascading synth lines to create a deep, melodic house cut. touching serving perfectly. bed for the intoxicating voice of Sean Sable.
Gone Deville first honed his skills behind the decks and as a turntable, teaching himself to juggle and scratch and participating in DJ competitions from the age of 17. Millennium Dome, battling the likes of A-trak, Craze and the best of the best. Hip-hop at heart, he found his love for electronic music watching Sasha, John Digweed and Paul Van Dyk, and has never looked back.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing him and this has been the result.
Hi Pierre, thanks for talking to us. Where can we find you right now? How did you start your day? Thanks for having me. You can find me in Montreal right now, my home base. Today was a good day. Started off by opening my email and downloaded my final masters. Very happy with it. It’s like Xmas when you get an email from your mastering engineer. We just finished the album for Kizaba, an afrobeat artist I’m producing. It’s been a long time coming so I’m very happy with our work
How much time do you get in the studio with your collaborators? Or is it mostly remote working these days?
As much as there are tools to facilitate remote work, I’m not a big fan. I like to get that natural connection with the artist, get them to improvise, try random ideas. Often times, an artist will do or say something and think their idea wasn’t good. But I’ll pick up on a little something they did and get them to develop that idea. 9 times out of 10, it leads to really cool results. It’s harder to do things like that during a virtual session or going back and forth by email.
But from time to time, if you don’t have the luxury of being in the same city, and having a deadline to respect, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Tell us about your new single. Is this going to be the direction for your sound from now on?
You could say so. I’m always going to try making deep sounding tracks. I love melodies and dreamy sounds. I don’t want all my music to sound the same, but the common denominator will definitely be deep textures and chords to inspire people and get them to completely zone out.
What other artists are you interested in these days?
Well.. I wouldn’t say no to getting a Maceo Plex remix of one of my songs! I’ve always been a fan of his production. Would love to get a studio session with Black Coffee as well. Vocally speaking.. there’s a long list of singers but.. off the top.. maybe Imogen heap?
Can you tell us anything about your projects for the rest of the year and beyond?
I’ve got a long list of singles and EPs planned. I’m definitely going to produce a full length album one day, but not right now. I want to focus on being consistent for a while. Regularly putting out music and building a strong catalogue. I’ll be touring a lot with Kizaba, the afrobeat artist I’m producing. We have so many dates lined up it’s really exciting. Columbia, Korea, Congo.. It’s gonna be wild
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