Petit Batou, owner of Stamp Records Paris… Rocked by his father in classical music and jazz music at the age of 6 , learning music theory and playing violin, he began listening to electronic music at college and begins to create some tracks in his bedroom. It is in 2013, at age 22, he began to give a great importance to underground music by signing some tracks on minimal house labels. His style draws on minimalist music and hypnotizing groove and varies according to his personal history and mood.
Very gifted with turntables, he brings something new in the underground electronic music in France.
Tzinah Records: To start with, please, recommend us something to listen to while we go through this interview. It can be anything.
Petit Batou: Let’s go with Putumayo presents: Samba Bossa Nova. Very nice and relaxing compilation from the Brazilian musical genre
Tzinah Records: Could you remember when and where have you felt it for the first time that you were to become a music artist?
Petit Batou: Having already been to the music school for ten years to play classical music, I started to be a dj & electronic music producer in 2012.
Tzinah Records: Why did you choose to create and play this particular type of music? Are there any artists that touched you deeply while developing your own style?
Petit Batou: I loved the subtlety, finesse and richness of minimal and microhouse sound genre. I think that it fits into a very contemporary mode in which you can be very creative. This music can transport us, make us travel and dance for hours and hours! this is amazing ! I love the style of Villalobos, Losoul, Cabanne, Premiesku, Costin Rp, Dragutesku and many others
Tzinah Records: Please, briefly, describe for us, the current state of the underground music scene in the place you come from. Is it any good?
Petit Batou: Impossible to know when it will get better because of the current health situation … I’m lucky to be able to record a few live dj-sets or podcasts on the radio or play in private parties, but it’s rare, I can’t wait for this nightmare end.
Tzinah Records: Without giving out too much about your secret weapons, please tell us how does the magic work in your production routine. Software? Analog? What does your DJ set-up imply?
Petit Batou: Regarding my production space, I have almost 100% software with a lot of analog drums recordings, which allows me to use what I want and reinforce the quality and the singularity of the sounds. About dj set-up, it is basic at the moment, 2 or 3 CDJ 2000 actually.
Tzinah Records: What are the aspects of your daily life that are influencing the shape and sound of the music that you currently make?
Petit Batou: Right now most of my tracks are summaries of memories like mementos, as if they were the soundtrack from movies of my life.
Tzinah Records: Which underground house DJ or producer would you love to take out for a summer picnic? With which artist (from any music genre) would you spend 24 hours stuck in an elevator?
Petit Batou: Summer picnic with Raresh ahah, and I’ll spend 24 hours stuck in the elevator with Phoq, who is also a great friend, we will tell each other lots of jokes before the unblocking
Tzinah Records: What motivates you to be an active part of the underground movement?
Petit Batou: Clearly yes, to bring new sounds and make people happy
Tzinah Records: What’s your favorite type of breakfast?
Petit Batou: cup of tea, 2 toasts or pancakes with butter and strawberry jam, 1 viennoiserie, 1 milk glass and 1 fruit juice glass
Tzinah Records: What do you do when the music is not playing?
Petit Batou: I serve natural wine in a wine bar, I play tennis 2 or 3 times a week, and I dream…
Tzinah Records: What’s the story behind your Tzinah Family Podcast? How did you record it and are there released or unreleased tracks?
Petit Batou: Press play, discover and enjoy !
Tzinah Records: Are there any of your plans/upcoming projects that you would like to share with us? Where can we see you play next?
Petit Batou: I’m very happy to tell you about my next record on one of my labels, STAMP STPV009 From Paris to Rome Vol.2 There will be the Italians Zenk and Bauch as well as Phoq and me. It will be the 2nd collaboration with Italians on the label, you can already listen to the snippets on soundcloud !