Foto: Presse (UVB)
Sébastien Michel took the Techno world by storm with a single track in 2014 and has since not ceased to surprise his audiences. While most people will automatically connect the name UVB with his ground-breaking “Mixtion”, the French producer has since produced an impressive output which showcases his varied influences from Industrial and Noise to EBM and Ambient. His mix recorded in anticipation of Weather Festival oscillates accordingly between tender Ambient textures and hard-hitting Techno belters – much like what you can expect from his second appearance at the Parisian festival on the first weekend of June.
While “Mixtion” turned out to be the track that cemented your success, it was only a digital bonus to your debut EP What I’ve Learnt on Mord. Were you surprised that it took off so well?
The thing with “Mixtion” is that it reached a lot of different people with varied tastes in music, I didn’t expect that so I was surprised, yes!
Your debut album Life came as a bit of a surprise after your previous, more Techno-orientated releases. You have also said that you have produced considerably more tracks than those which would eventually be on the album. What was your idea behind the album itself and how did you choose the tracks from the vast pool of material you apparently had?
In my opinion Life is quite Techno-orientated, just not the usual banging and straightforward one. When I decided to record the album I wanted a concept and a coherent selection of tracks that are telling a story. I recorded tracks exclusively for the album, I didn’t want to include any of the old tracks because they weren’t fitting the project I had in mind. The idea behind the album was to make the link between self-spirituality related concepts and tribal music which I think was fitting perfectly.
You have recently announced your very own imprint, Body Theory. What is the concept behind the label and what are your plans with it for the immediate and far future?
The name of the label comes from the idea that music should take you (and your body) without you having to think – that’s what I like the most, when you hear a track and you have to move to it, you can’t help yourself, you don’t have to think. The label will focus on my own work for at least the first year – then I plan on releasing artists and friends from my hometown Marseille. I will also make special tapes releases under another alias for more Ambient/Industrial type of tracks.
How and when did you record your mix?
The mix was recently recorded in my home studio in Berlin using Ableton Live.
Was there a specific idea you had for this mix?
Not really a specific idea except trying to reproduce the kind of performances I’m doing at gigs. Ableton is the only tool I felt comfortable with to do so as I don’t have 3 CDJs at home. I’m trying more and more to blend styles and influences together to create a coherent ensemble of music.
This is your second time at Weather Festival. What are you looking forward to especially and what will your own set sound like? You’ve made it clear that you consider yourself a producer first.
Since the last time my mixing style has evolved so I’m looking forward to play the greatest set I could play! It will sound like a hard, energetic mix of my favorite tunes – from Techno to EBM, Electro and IDM.
Stream: UVB – Weather Festival Podcast
01. Olga+Jozef – Intro
02. Hiroaki lizuka – Slapback
03. Surgeon – Fight or Flight
04. Luka Baumann – Emergence Nine (Grovskopa remix)
05. Archaea and Grovskopa – Emergence One (Regis remix)
06. Broken English Club – Crime
07. Olga+Jozef – OJ2
08. British Murder Boys – Don’t Give Way to Fear
09. Paul Damage – The Running Machine
11. Go Hiyama – Geometrical (Surgeon remix)
12. Richard Turner- UTL 16
13. Dean Cole – Headkick
14. AFX – .000890569
15. Nitzer Ebb – Control I’m Here (The Hacker remix)
16. UVB – Honne (BT001)
17. Remco Beekwilder – Planet Moria
18. Various – 9 (ae remix)
19. P.A.L – Erosion v1.1 (loop)
20. Oliver Ho – Metaphysical
21. User- Tokyo Tracks
22. Hypnoskull – Atlantis
23. Aphex Twin – 73 Yips
Groove presents Weather Festival 2016
3 – 5 June 2016
Line-up: Actress (live), Adam Beyer b2b Ida Engberg, Antigone (live), Aquaplano (Donato Dozzy b2b Nuel), Ben Klock, Ben UFO, Blawan, Collabs 3000, Dixon, DJ Sneak, DVS1, Henrik Schwarz (live), Loco Dice, Magda, Marcel Dettmann, MCDE, Nina Kraviz, Pearson Sound, Polar Inertia (live), Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Robert Hood (HipHop-Set), Rødhåd, Ron Morelli b2b Low Jack, RPR Soundsystem, The Black Madonna, tINI, Tuskegee (Seth Troxler & The Martinez Brothers), UVB, Venatian Snares (live) uvm.
Tickets: from 50€
Parc des Expositions Paris Le Bourget