I am starting the week by speaking with the French artist Dim Sum…
as he discusses the story behind his latest single, Ange. I ask whether there is more material coming and the sort of music he is inspired by; if there are any rising artists we need to watch out for and whether there are a few albums that mean a lot to him.
Dim Sum reveals what he has planned for next year and the importance of Paris; which artist he would support given the chance and if he gets chance to unwind away from music – he ends the interview by selecting a great song.
Hi, Dim Sum. How are you? How has your week been?
Hi. It’s been a good week…until my laptop crashed.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
I am a French musician and producer. I live and work in Paris and I have released three E.P.s so far.
Ange is your new single. Is there a tale behind the song?
I started this track by sampling the voice of my girlfriend, who is not a singer at all. To me, this track evokes childhood and nostalgia.
It is from your forthcoming E.P. Can you reveal the stories and themes addressed?
I try to make Electronic music that you can both dance and think to; that you can play at a party or listen at home. This new E.P. is also in this mood.
Are there particular musicians you draw inspiration from? Did you grow up around a lot of music?
I always listened to a lot of music during childhood with my parents. They made me discover a wide range of musical styles, from Classical to Folk and Rock...
Can you recall when you got into music? How have your sounds changed since the early day?
I really got into music when I discovered Indie-Rock bands of the nineties and early-2000s; from Nirvana to The Strokes. That’s when I started in music: by learning how to play guitar. Then, I came to Electronic music with Daft Punk and Justice I think (smiles).
How important are Paris and its culture regarding your music passion and how you write?
I live in the neighbourhood of Bastille which is a very popular place with a lot of music venues and cultural events. This is a very inspiring place.
What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?
I’m going to release my fourth E.P. and I hope that people are going to listen to it (smiles).
Do you already have plans for 2019?
Yes. I’m already working on new collabs that are not on the new E.P. but that may be released next year.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
I don’t have a particular memory in mind. To me, as a music composer and producer, each case of positive feedback regarding my music is a particular moment.
Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)?
Nirvana – Nevermind; Daft Punk – Homework and Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
I think they sum up what I love the most in music (smiles).
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
I’d love to go on tour with LCD Soundsystem!
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
I think I’m no good at giving advice (smiles).
IN THIS PHOTO: Betical
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
I love to chill in the city with no particular goal...and Paris is a big city (smiles).
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
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