08 november 2011 | Commentaren (0)

ILT Interview: Agoria

i love techno, interview, magazine, agoriaWith I Love Techno just around the corner, the new I Love Techno Magazine has also hit stores - including a couple interviews I did with some of this year's tastiest artists. I Love Techno didn't mind me throwing them online as well so here's the fourth one with Agoria (and be sure to also check out the previous ones with Mumbai Science, Brodinski and Chase and Status)!


‘It was either this or working in a record store.’

Think this is the first time Agoria plays I Love Techno? Think again. While the French producer never played inside Flanders Expo, he was one of thirty acts to grace the line-up of I Love Techno Outdoor in 2003 – sharing a stage with Alexander Kowalski, Sven Väth, Speedy J and Deetron.

Good times?
AGORIA: ‘Of course! My debut album Blossom was about to be released so that gig couldn’t have come at a better time. My stage’s line-up was also very impressive and I feel that’s important. Like this year, playing with Laurent Garnier, you just know the flow will be perfect. With him and the other artists in my room, I know I’ll be able to play the music I like – which is not always the case. Sometimes I arrive at a party and there’s this DJ playing who is on a completely different planet than me. Don’t get me wrong: I like to play all kinds of music. Recently at Sónar I was mixing disco, indie and techno all in one set. But if there’s absolutely no musical connection with the guy playing before you, you can’t just take over and start doing your own thing. The result could be disastrous.’ (Laughs) 

So bottom line: the secret to a good party is the running order?
AGORIA: ‘Well, yes! It’s not enough to book a bunch of good deejays. The order in which they play is equally important. Oh, and if possible: let everyone play two-hour sets – at least! A lot of festivals are now having DJs play for one hour and that’s just too short. It’s like you need to get all hands in the air within five minutes or you’re not doing a good job – and that’s just crazy. I need time to build up a set. Yes, even when I’m playing big festivals.’

Check! You know, every year some people complain about the fact that I Love Techno isn’t about ‘real techno’ anymore. What’s your view on that?
AGORIA: ‘Well, I still make techno. Does that count? (Laughs) Seriously though, I think it depends on what you call techno. To me, growing up in the ‘90s, it’s always been about music with no message and no boundaries. Techno was so many things at once but most importantly: it was open-minded. So two decades later, it seems only normal that the scene has evolved – with some people still making classic techno and others having gone in completely different direction. Thank God!’


Beginning of this year, you released your excellent third album Impermanence almost simultaneously with a mix album for Fabric – which was a lot more ‘dance floor’ than Impermanence. Was that your way of telling people: ‘See, I can still make you dance too!’
AGORIA: (Laughs) ‘It could have been but it was more coincidence – though a rather nice coincidence, I must admit. When I make an album, I want it to be a real album – a sort of landscape with a real story and real soul. What I don’t want is for it to be a collection of random songs with people skipping tracks to go to the dance floor stuff. I want it to be different and fresher than anything I’ve done before – regardless of its party potential. So I’m happy when people listen to the album and say they like it but at the same time I also want to continue showing that other side of me – the side that discovers new producers like Space Dimension Controller and plays their stuff at parties.’

Space Dimension Controller, Zodiac Free Arts Club, Izmabad, your Fabric mix is full of interesting new things – mixed with Carl Craig and DJ Kaos.
AGORIA: ‘Exactly the way I like it: mixing generations! You know, before I became a DJ, I wanted to work in a record store. I want to share my passion for music but not sound like a professor! I don’t want to teach; I want to communicate.’


So what will you be communicating in the near future?
AGORIA: ‘I guess the most important thing is the release of my new track Singing on Dixon’s label Innervisions. He fell totally in love with it and also made a remix for it. Then I’m also working on a special project for the Trans Musicales festival in Rennes in December. It’ll be a very special DJ set – my personal testimony about everything I liked from 1989 until today. Normally, my DJ sets are totally improvised but this time around I’m working with a real synopsis: everything is fully prepared.’

Twenty-two years? You’re talking thousands of songs!
AGORIA: ‘Yeah, but it’s not going to be a best of. Just wait and see. Rennes will of course get the world premiere but I also want to do it in other places. I can’t say anymore at this time – except that I’ll be mixing things that are not supposed to be mixed. I can’t wait!’


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