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26-07-2019
Kosme relaunches our Nocturama Series
Kosme offers up a diverse, organically inclined mix for NOCTURAMA, Geist's podcast series. The French DJ returns to his first love of North American House filtered through a meditative mood caputred in Chamonix, the mountain town he calls home. The mix is a jewel box, lined with black velvet, overlayed with rare gems. 

We've also included an interview with Kosme about, among other things, the making of the mix, life in the mountains, and the joys of modern record digging below. Enjoy.

1. The Harry Wolfman track, "The Ritual," toward the middle of your mix, is so beautiful. Organic. Spritual. Three Dimensional. When did you first hear it? And what did you think when you did? It's a very special track. Have you played it out? How does it sound? Do you wish more music sounded like this? Or is there a lot music that does? If so, can you list some other tracks like this one that you like? 

Oooh yes this track is amazing. It reminds me of early tracks by one of my all time favorite producers, Pépé Bradock. All the EP deserves real attention. It is released on the sister label, Karakul, of the famous Phonica records store in London. I found this record on their website, and I got a crush when I heard for it the first time at home...To...
Kosme offers up a diverse, organically inclined mix for NOCTURAMA, Geist's podcast series. The French DJ returns to his first love of North American House filtered through a meditative mood caputred in Chamonix, the mountain town he calls home. The mix is a jewel box, lined with black velvet, overlayed with rare gems. 

We've also included an interview with Kosme about, among other things, the making of the mix, life in the mountains, and the joys of modern record digging below. Enjoy.

1. The Harry Wolfman track, "The Ritual," toward the middle of your mix, is so beautiful. Organic. Spritual. Three Dimensional. When did you first hear it? And what did you think when you did? It's a very special track. Have you played it out? How does it sound? Do you wish more music sounded like this? Or is there a lot music that does? If so, can you list some other tracks like this one that you like? 

Oooh yes this track is amazing. It reminds me of early tracks by one of my all time favorite producers, Pépé Bradock. All the EP deserves real attention. It is released on the sister label, Karakul, of the famous Phonica records store in London. I found this record on their website, and I got a crush when I heard for it the first time at home...To find good music is a question of crush. This track is a mixture of creativity. It's not a pure dancefloor track but it works in the club and immerses people in a mystical atmosphere. I use this kind of track like a bridge between 2 different styles or universes of music. For example here in my mix I used it like a "dreamy" tool to make a bridge between a highly effective track from Rest Corp (a brand new project formed by Project Pablo and Khotin) and a rework from Zach Witness of the absolute genius Prince! This is a great version of this track "17 days" from the Piano & a Microphone 1983.... It's now available on Vinyl. The percussion of "The Ritual' works perfectly well to make a nice mix between. Spontaneously, maybe on Unthank, the sublabel of firecracker, you can find similar sounds...

2. How and when and where did you make this mix? What was your vision for it? What mood were you trying to convey? Why were you going for this particular mood at this particular life moment?

It was recorded with two Technics MK2 turntables, two CDJS, and my best partner, Mixer DJR 400, in July in my home studio in Chamonix, Alps. It's a very important place for me. I live between Lyon and Chamonix for 4 years now--mountains and nature are essential elements of my inspiration, my balance, my energy. And i love people there--the locals are authentic people, like the place where i was born in Bourgogne, and at the same time you have lovely people from everywhere (Japan, UK, Italy, Sweden...) with the same passion for Nature and Sport. And it's the best place to eat Ramen, haha! I love Ramen! I recommend Tanpopo Restaurant in Chamonix if you like it! Chamonix is the best place to clear my head. I listen a lot of music in every style, every day, and this place helps me to make choices, make the synthesis. After hours in the studio, I go outside to run and climb and I come back with fresh ideas. I think this mix is a good photo of what I like and am listening to the last few months. Musically I'm back into my roots (Disco, House, Deep,  Detroit & Chicago music ...), and I only play what my heart loves. I tried to put my soul into this mix with the selection of tracks and energy during the transition.


3. The vocal sample on "How RU Plush" by D. Tiffany--"How are you? I'm trying to dance" etc.-- is quite funny, off-kilter, ironic, almost sly, playful. Do you view yourself as a DJ in the vein of a track like D. Tiffany's? That is to say, do you view yourself as a more playful, off-kilter, all embracing DJ? Do you have an off-kilter, comedic sense of the universe in general? 

Everybody knows that I'm playful like a gorilla! haha! and slightly off-kilter too! I'm serious at work to dig, play and make music... but when I do DJ, for me, it's essential to do it with Fun, energy, friendliness and love ! DJs are DJs to share emotions and creativity, it's not only a question of taste or good mix. To be Fun, ironic, playful, or whatever you want, are the perfect tools or attitude to spread the message of love and art! and it's our mission every week end as DJ to spread creative and positive energy. Sincerely to have a comedic sense makes the life more sweet. You can be serious or professionnal without pretense--it's something I try to do everyday. 


3. Do you look for new music every day? If not, how often? What are you favorite places to look for it at the moment? Do you still go mainly through labels? Or spotify? What are five of your favorite labels right now?

I'm looking for music and sounds everyday--I'm always aware and excited to discover new tracks, sounds and noise everywhere. The sound of nature in the mountains, for example, or something I listen at the radio in my car or the new sound of a new synth for my production. I just try to enrich my knowledge and my creativity to be a better DJ and Producer, to find different atmospheres for every moment in a club or festival or here for this podcast. I'm a record digger--I have a 10 000 record collection at home and the record shop is the first place to find music and inspiration for me.  It's a fabulous social place for music lovers. I also discovered a lot of amazing records because of other people. My favorites are Clone in Rotterdam, Hardwax in Berlin, Phonica in London and Technique in Tokyo, and, of course, Chez Emil in Lyon and Syncrophone in Paris.  You can easily follow the fresh news and back in stock every days on website-- it's modern digging ! Each shop has its own taste, philosophy and personality, and they are fantastic places to learn new about music and build one's own opinion and critical sense, to discover what you prefer or dislike. Every time, in a record store, is a new adventure that you don’t know what’s gonna happen. Right now I listen attentively to labels like NDATL (Kai Alce's abel from Atlanta--I played last HUgo Lx and D Spinna in the mix), Pacific Rhythm (tracks from D.tiffany, Ex-Terrestrial in the mix) all labels and sub labels from Clone Records (the last Frits Wentink in the mix too, on Royal Oak is killer!) or Super 95 (label of my friend Voiski, for techno tracks).


4. The track toward the end of the mix--with the amazing vocal ("Filhos de Gandhi")--seems to be part of a turn toward non-techno, African and/or Brazilian grooves in some provinces of the dance music world. Such a welcomed change. Rouge Mécanique is also on this tip. Have you always been into this sound? Or are you getting into it more and more? What are some other tracks in this style that you're feeling? Are there other DJs that you're admiring who are playing similar stuff?

My musical culture is not only techno or electronic music. My first love is essentially music from North America, especially music from Detroit and Chicago, Dance music! I come back to my roots, as i told you, and I like play and mix different style, I like when people don't know what gonna happen, I like to create new energy, for exemple, as you mix a techno track with a disco gem and something new is born! l like to experiment with new combinations and create new atmospheres and energy every time. This is the art of DJing. 


5. You start the mix with an acappella of "I Am Your Mind" by Roy Ayers off "Virgin Ubiquity" (incredible title by the way). Do you know that album of unreleased music from the 1970s? Ayers has always had a fruitful relationship to dance music heads. What is it about his sound that translates to our scene?  

Yes, of course, i know ! This acappella rework from Pépé Bradock is great! Roy ayers is an inspiration for a lot of artists. He is the light, he is the sunshine! And a perfect mixture between Music for Soul and Music for body. Maybe sometime in electronic music we forget the soul, and we have a process too mechanical to produce music. Ayers is the perfect example to illustrate that soul is needed to make good and timeless music.


6. In addition to your mix, "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John has been a heavy summer favorite. Do you like Elton John? Do you like him or Billy Joel more? Or both? Or Neither? Why?

To be honest, I never been too much into these Piano guys! hahah. I'm not the biggest fan of British pop, i like it, but it's not my musical culture. I'm more into African American music.

7. Speaking of these pop icons, both of whom are great pop pianists who don't favor guitar in their music really: Do you think the guitar has a place in dance music? Or does it not mix with its sonic architecture? 

Guitar is a fantastic instrument to give a heady groove as Prince marvelously knew how to do, or in a lot of African music. I think right now in electronic music, a lot of producers use synth and fantastic weird sounds like a guitar to creat new grooves. It's a modern way to do music.

8. In going over these questions, there are a lot of references to the 1970s--Elton John (whose peak was the first half of the 70s); Roy Ayers who put out great stuff in the 70s; Billy Joel, too; I was also getting deep on Francis Ford Coppola this week--"Apocalypse Now." Again: He did his greatest stuff in the 70s--"Godfather," etc. Do you like the 1970s or 1980s 0r 1990s more?

Of course i like 70s, 80s, 90s, many things were invented! A lot of my favorite Synths comes from this period, a lot of my favorite Science fiction Movies and Music Producers, and I'm a guy from 80s ! Of course it s the best years!

Thank you, Emil. Wonderful to speak to you.

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06-11-2018
Kosme & Konstantin Sibold ‘Cyclone’ featured in the third Realm Of Consciousness compilation, out 29th of June on Afterlife
Kosme’s new track, a collaboration with his friend and occasional partner in crime Konstantin Sibold, will be released on the 29th of June on the next Realm Of Consciousness compilation released by Tale Of Us Afterlife. ‘Cyclone’ is a steady beat track filled with captivating synths and overwhelming snares climax, perfectly capturing the dance-floor magic feeling which Afterlife is known for delivering.

The compilation also features tracks from the likes of Mind Against, Scuba, Steve Rachmad and many more. Pre-order here.