RS: Right now what are some of your big tracks, the ones that
you've just found that you think are amazing?
Martin Solveig: There is this Denis Ferrer track called "Church Lady" which I like very. It's a new one and the guy's quite on top of things at this moment. I'm very happy for him, he's a good friend. He has a new album coming and I've heard some stuff from it and it's really very, very good. It's a typical real house artist with the evolution of House, so that's exactly what I like.
RS: Over in the US, we keep hearing about the buzz on that remix
Dennis did of "Cure and the Cause." That's probably how most people
will know him right now.
Martin Solveig: I'm playing the new track of Julian Jabre with MC Mellowdee "And You Don't Stop." It's on my website, if you want to check my charts you will find all the tracks that I play now.
RS: I love your website, because I remember you used to be able
to take Rockin Music and remix it.
Martin Solveig: Yes, it's a good trick. Right now, you can mix tracks together with a Pioneer mixer.
RS: How much to you contribute to your website? Do you have
someone build it for you or do you update it?
Martin Solveig: Well it's a bit the same for the video and the pictures, it's all part of what you do. So it's something that I take a little bit of time to work on but of course I'm working with the designers and they're much better than me for that.
RS: Where do you see dance music going in the next five years?
Martin Solveig: That's a very, very hard question. House music is a quite mature movement and we have many different scenes inside and things that are hyped and things that are not. I guess it will just go where the people are taking it because the people on the dance floor are the guys who are leading. They influence the evolution of the music because their reactions influence the producers of dance music. So I guess it will just go to where the people want to take it.
RS: With you and Bob Sinclar, there's a real French House
renaissance. Are there any other French guys that we shouldyou look
Martin Solveig: In the same crew, there is Julian Jabre and DJ Gregory, who was a long time collaborator of the Africanism project. Dmitri is not producing a lot lately, he's more of a DJ playing classic discos and everything but we have good connections as well. Then of course I'm also a friend of David Guetta, who plays a different style of music but I have a respect for what he does. We play together at some parties and he happens to be very complimentary, not the same kind of music so good evolution for the night. So we all have friendship and good connections and it feels good to be a part of this team because things are always moving in Paris so it keeps you in the vibe.
RS: French is your first language; do you find it hard to write
songs in the English language?
Martin Solveig: Yes, but less and less. I'm just getting more used to it and it's just a different approach of not writing a song in French. With the accent and the meaning of the words, as long as it's not stupid and it makes sense, its a little bit secondary to actually the music of the language which is very important. So this is just something you've got to take into account when you write a song in English, it has to sound just right because it's music in the first place and even the vocals are part of the music. So that's how I write songs in English and of course I'm very clumsy and maybe a bit stupid sometimes because it's not my natural language, but I'm getting used to it.
RS: With your travels, do you notice people in different
countries reacting to your music differently?
Martin Solveig: Oh yes, sure. Well speaking about Europe, which is the territory I know the best, from one country to another, even sometimes from one city to another in a country you have different kinds of styles coming out. For example, in Portugal they're really into the minimal underground kind of thing. On the other hand in the UK, they will most of the time like it more vocal. In Germany or France they will like it very electro. So even if the regions are sometimes very close to each other, they have completely different vibes. That makes it very interesting I have to say, because I travel quite a lot. Even if I always play my songs that represent my style, a part of the set is always something to connect with the people and to adapt to what they like and try to mix it up with your own style. That's what makes it very exciting to go from one place to another because it's never the same.
RS: What would you like to say to all your fans out there?
Martin Solveig: Well I just want to say thank you for following me up and allowing me to have the kind of life I want to have. Performing music and producing music is just fantastic. Thank you for that!
Posted: November 15, 2006