Italian housemeister Francys talks about his recent release on Souvenir plus..
Hi Francys. You’ve started off with the track ‘Trust Me’ headed by vocal phrases & synth effects trough the percussion that make the track such a fascinating listen. How did you manage the sound to get this mesmerizing level of detail?
Well let’ say i’m a perfectionist, I use to spend much time on a track especially when I want to create something more for listening, I work in a very peculiar way in all the little details, because I think this is the key for a good result “the little makes the big”!
I Usually start from the drums, then I play some synths, add vocals and everything needs to give the sense of atmosphere, that in case like this is one of the most relevant things.
I spent so much time making the “details” for Trust Me, as I worked a lot on the arrangement, i just wanted it to sound as more as organic as possible, using the right elements and the right effects, the hard thing was not to fall in a too busy thing, but let the various parts flow harmonically together.
‘Silver’ still finds this confident feeling but in a deeper way. You play several instruments / effects as well as composing and arranging this track to a complete harmony. What inspired you to create this sound?
As I said the atmosphere for me is one of the most important thing in a track, I love to try new fresh introspective things in my studio, I like music in all its shades even in the dub and ambient way.
During the production I always used to record some sounds from the environment and made my own sound library.
I think my music comes out from the deepest dark side of me, but dark means beauty and can reveal the infinite space inside, so think this track like a window on an unexplored world where everything inside lives in armory,like night and day,sounds and noises, men and machines.
‘Solitude’ seems to spin faster and faster. You dropped out the “Trust Me” guideline and push forward a deep-minimalistic-voiceless sound. A way to eventually say “don’t trust me”?
Yeah, you got the point! Solitude is kind of a “negative” of Trust Me.
I was alone, in a strange anxious mood and my thoughts were spinning on these sounds, but I wanted to punch forward a bit to create something usefull for the dance floor but always leaving a deep smooth and dark minimal feeling. Yes a way to say “don’t trust me”..you can expect everything.
You rounded off this masterpiece with ‘Water Woman’ which brings us to these ambiant tropes. You change in tone revealing an ear for more involved structures than 4 tracks might suggest.. How did you get ëtill that point? How did you start composing music?
Water Woman is a symbol of the synthesis of my sound, from the hard old school influenced beat and the dub bassline to the sidechanined pads and piano keys. I’s the compromise between the cold digital sound and the warm human touch.
When I was 15 I used to listen lot of music and this brought me to meet house and techno…it was love at first sight, I decided to try with mixer and turntables, after that I felt the need of fully express my self through music and thanks to a computer I started to use some sequencers and samplers.
Thanks a lot and good music to everybody!