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A Closer Look at the Life of an Electronic Music Artist.

l_f9ac4c952bf542cb9c4354470f584159 Hello Celtic music lovers. I’ve got a surprise guest today. His music is not Celtic BUT every fans of the genre would embrace it. Why? . Read more to find out.

Have you wondered how musicians work in the studio or think about music in general? I have here with me Loic Rathscheck to give you the inside scoop. He is the brain of project El-Vira, an electronic duo based in France and Germany .The album is out so you should give it a try if you like dreamy, atmospheric and highly melodic music. Something you can chill-out or dance to. Loic is also known as Loic the Frenchman and his resume is impressive, having worked with serious and celebrated musicians in the industry. Currently he is doing remixes for bands back to back with film assignments. He also does a translating job. I don’t know how he could juggle all of them but he does it well. I sent him an email interview and this is what I got.


1.How did you get into music?l_f8fb142102a446c9b499928c70453718

Since I was a kid… I think I was about 5. I loved piano lessons. I was addicted to this instrument! My parents actually had to pull me away so I’d do my school work!
When my parents divorced, my mom moved together with my brother and me to San Diego (CA). I was about 7 then. All of a sudden, there was no more room for a piano nor for piano lessons! My familly made a mistake here. That was very unfortunate.
I was still fascinated with music. It was not until I was 14 and had moved back to France, that I asked my family for a little Yamaha organ.. It even had a synthesizer part in it to program your own sounds!
Things snowballed from there on. I started to get more and more into electronic music and discovered Jean Michel Jarre, DepecheMode, Kraftwerk and the Art of Noise to just name a few! … I traded my keyboard in for my very first synth, a Casio CZ 1000.

When I moved back to America as I was 17, I bought a better bigger synth… that eventually got better.. and then I bought my very first sampler (the Emax 2, the same beast Depeche Mode used on stage!!)…. well you can imagine that I had to save up for that! So as everyone around me saved up to buy their first car, I saved up to buy my first sampler…
I met A few fantastic musicians and DJs along the way….
The first record release happened when I moved to Germany in my early 20s :-)
My first CD was quite horrible to be honest with you… and it sold about 20 times!! :-D

 

2.What instruments do you use in the studio?Bild815

A Mac book pro, a PC, 3 hardware synthesizers… I got myself that little keyboard back! yes I found my first keyboard on eBay! I moved from using Logic to using Cubase… but I use many other programs to correct vocals and process sound. :-) I also have my bed about a foot away in case I get tired and need some rest in the process of making music!

3. How do you classify your music?

As being mostly electronic… You decide what category you want to put in every single track if you wish! Up to you really! :-)
 

4.Your music is very visual. I also learned that your mom is a painter. Any significance?
I sent you a mail about Synesthesia. That is the ability to mix senses together by relating them internally. I see colours and shapes for various sounds and instruments! I also see numbers and letters in colours and shapes. I also LOVE photography!
My mom is an artist and so as my brother in LA. My father loves classical music and my mom even danced with big names in the Royal Ballet in England! My grand mother played the cello. …. Both my  brothers love to paint in their free time and yes my mom can paint very well !
So ART, as you can read, is a major part of my life that has been all around me ever since I was born. :-)

5.You have traveled around the world a great deal. Among those places you’ve been, what can you say about the musical culture and how it is different from the other?GetAttachment.aspx
People use music to communicate feelings! In that respect  music is universal! If something is good, it will work worldwide… but commercial trash with added violence works worldwide too. Music mirrors what people are about worldwide. It portraits good times, sadness, love but also hate and stupidity. What changes is the colour of its envelop, its shape! Every country has its instruments and culture to colour its music. I believe tradition is therefore important and is somewhat getting lost as music seems to be rationalized more and more.
 

6. I learned you also do extra acting work. What can you say about your experiences in this field.

I don t think I will become an actor out of that… some of the work is good and can pay well. Sometimes you do get a small part where you have to say something little. But it can also be a pain! Good thing you asked, just like today!! :-D … my god… We were about 140 extras playing captured German soldiers from the 2nd world war… well as we stood in lines, the Brits walked down to check if had any SS tattoos. So we stood there topless in our trousers! This was today during the summer where the weather is suppose to be hot… Well it was not!!! it was about 12 degrees Celsius and it pored!!!! we were freezing!! … and the camera man and director were very happy with the results! We were not acting! we were REALLY freezing!
I can laugh about this now… one has to keep a sense of humour. We all did even though we all agreed today was NO fun at all! :-D
 

7.Tell us about the latest stuff you are going to do this month and beyond.
I want to get my remixes done.. as well as all the songs I have started and was not able to finish yet! I have a lot of translating work to get done first! Making money to pay bills has utmost priority! Just as with everyone else.

8.Whats in your music collection right now? Singers/bands?l_608daf0f1e4a4f3a950ad5d3c03b693f
All kinds… But since I went to the Depeche Mode concert last week, I am listening to a bit of that right now!

9.Any plans of traveling to the Philippines someday?
I would love to do so… I met Anna Capri 10 years ago in Hamburg as she was shooting for some international film project. We got along well… I wonder if she remembers me at all today.
I also would like to meet you one day in person….. but that all depends on money… maybe some day…Bild8082

10. What is your opinion about the state of music today?
I sort of replied that in a previous question. Music is losing its tradition. There is a rise in violence. How can any intelligent and sensitive human being enjoy trash like 50 Cent????? How can so much hate and violence be so pleasing to so many people world wide???
On the other hand, thanks to the Internet, many people DO go through the trouble of finding out about different kinds of bands and music. I conclude this answer on a positive note by saying that music brings people from all over the world together!
The majority does want goodness to persevere over evil. So there is hope :-)

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17 thoughts on “A Closer Look at the Life of an Electronic Music Artist.

  1. This was an excellent interview that has peaked my interest in this electronic duo and their music.

    I really enjoyed reading all the answers to the questions asked. Although I have never heard of Loic Rathscheck or heard the music of project El-Vira I am now interested enough to listen to it.

    Also I agree the opinion expressed by Loic in answering Question 10. What is your opinion about the state of music today?

    Music is loosing its tradition. There is a rise in violence.

    I find there is so much violence in some of the cacophony that some refer to as music today that I don’t listen to it at all.

    Thanks again for publishing and sharing this interview with us.

    • thanks for your intelligent input timethief. as usual it is refreshing to know someone who is keen in music and has a lot to say about the current state not just of music but of the world. your expertise in mind,body and spiritual growth do help shed light to the forum like a breath of fresh air. thanks for tirelessly listening to you friends and giving useful inputs.

      • You did a fine job on this interview, CMF. Intelligent questions that elicit some thoughtful answers. Great! I hope you do more.

        As for the “violent cacophany” comment from Timethief, while I can appreciate where she’s coming from, I think some of that stuff can be just as emotional and evocative as the more traditional stuff which I happen to love too. I guess it just depends on personal taste really.

        For example, I love the doom metal emoting of My Silent Wake, and their lyrics are nicely personal for me… but I equally love the heartfelt traditional singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Guthrie and more. I love the sheer variety of forms that music can take. In fact, I sometimes feel like I’m sitting at a sonic smorgasboard and don’t know what to try next!

        In short, all forms of music have their place, even the forms that I might dislike. :)

        • I am not advocating the fact that violent sounds represent hate or trash instead of an art form!

          I love Industrial and Gothic music for example! It is hard, quite dark but does have a lot of sensitivity in it.

          I an neither condemning Hip Hop as a genre.

          50 Cent is only cited as an example of someone who portrays hate, fuels racist behavior and worships materialism in a world where too many people don’t have enough to eat!
          Yes, I feel this is not art but cheap politics for the “proletariat”.

  2. thanks for your comment left under the article!
    I am really open to all kinds of music but yes, I do have a strong aversion against the macho crap and violence that are so much tolerated today.
    Give people a chance to discover other bands and musicians who are truthful about their work, and people WILL rather choose to listen to that! I am positive about this.

    and thank you Jose for posting this.

    people can write me on myspace or facebook if they wish!

    • ah so you love the final result eh? i am glad you do. thanks for the correspondences and for making beautiful music. and thanks for lending me your time to answer all these questions despite your hectic schedule. beautiful music is meant to be shared ;)

  3. Congratulations, Celtic, on a great first interview. I love to read interviews with artists, and their individual take on things. So much richness and diversity! Unfortunately, one usually only gets to hear from the media celebs who tend to be dishing out the same-old same-old. So many fine and more serious artists somehow get lost in the shuffle.

  4. Good interview. Love the pics that give a sense of the man and his music as well. Good music spans many boundaries and though I am a Celtic music nut I appreciate almost any genre!

    • Thanks Christi. Yes good music is transcedental. Nowadays I am aware that overcoming boundaries is not about fighting but being peaceful inside and knowing that there are things that are sacred in this world that money can’t buy :-)

    • Oh hi there. I wanted to message you about this but you got ahead :) I bet he already told you.I promised I would do the editing but I missed that one. I hope he’s not going to kill me hahahahaha.

  5. Celtic, I thought this interview was fantastic.

    I have not heard of or am familiar with the artist, however, by the end of your interview, I wanted to be able to hear the music of which you spoke.

    Music is a great passion for me, and so, your blog is one that I enjoy immensely. As I usually do when reading your blog, I looked up the music from your link to the myspace music site, as well as in I-tunes and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Your questions, as well as the artists answers truly intrigued me and I think you did a wonderful job with the interview.

    I also have to agree with the trend towards violence in music, however, there is still a lot of amazing artists and works out there who are not following this trend.

    Thank you for introducing me to yet another style and genre of music that I will enjoy in the weeks and months to come.

  6. By quoting 50 Cent as an example of hate, violence and fuel for racism, I an NOT condemning Hip Hop as a genre but rather the violence one can find in some music today.

    I am currently working with a brilliant Hip Hop artist from Chicago. His name is Brother El. He mixes all sorts of genres together and is very talented! He definitively represents the flip side of the coin in the Hip Hop genre.

  7. Music goes through it’s own form of cleansing.
    Violence is a temporary cleanser giving rise to something better in the future. It’s said that in order for a man to find himself, he must first lose himself, the same with music.
    I wait to see what good comes of it after the fall.
    Great interview, nice job :)

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