Having a music affair with electrocaïne since long and behind some of our notable releases,  the podcast anniversary series features CLSR, one who’s always bringing you steps closer to the world he creates with his music.

CLSR is the alter-ego of Franck Valat, producer and DJ taking back from the late 90’s, known for his insanely-extensive amount of music he has been releasing.
On this session, he talks to us on his relation to the hip hop genre; about how he produced with the help of tapes and to those who influenced him; and also about his take on the mix and how he fetched some gems for you to aurally dwell on.

Where, when and how was this mix recorded?

Hi guys! I recorded it few weeks ago, in my studio with a midi controller and Ableton.

How would you describe it to us?
It’s a mix of G-funk, Gangsta rap and Hip-hop from Memphis, Atlanta or New York to name a few. There are tracks which have been released on tape only, sold in car trunks at 50-100 copies. Some very rare stuff and really dope songs! And all the tracks are played in their full-length version because I love them too much to cut a verse or an outro! It’s been very nice to do it for electrocaïne’s 10years birthday, and I’ll probably do more in the upcoming months!
You’ve been out on the scene for decades, and to be honest CLSREMIXES VOL.1 still sounds as fresh as it could be; and it’s only one among your extensive releases. What was the turning point that very first led led you into production?

I don’t think there was a turning point considering I produced music with loops on tapes when I was a kid or other things a bit later. I love music and just want to make it with my own colours, to see how it sounds, how it feels. Eventually, the turning point was more about sending my music to labels. That process wasn’t natural to me before doing it for the first time, and it was just like that moment when you tell yourself “my music is not as good yet as I’d like it to be, but it has something interesting, something I’d like to share. If I don’t do it now, then when will I share it ?”

CLSRREMIXES VOL.1 is heavily about hip hop; how did the bond between you and the genre took birth?

I listen to and I love Hip-Hop since 30 years. One of my cousin came back from San Francisco around the 80’s with tapes of Kiss FM and WBLS by Dj Red Alert and other great Dj’s, and also albums by Eric B. & Rakim or Boogie Down Productions. I remember that was sounding very weird to my ears, but day after day I got familiar to it and I understood the vibe of that music. It was a good way to start, a great moment, the birth of the VERY exciting Golden Era!

Hailing both as a DJ and a producer; do you think that travelling and performing affects or influences your production methods in any way?

Yes it does! On the methods and the colours of my tracks. Meeting people and spending time in new places is very helpful to be inspired, as getting out of our comfort zone can also be; And the most important moment is finally when I’m home, processing all the information I received and begin to produce, a lot, hehehe!

As you were shaping your own style over the years; which artists inspired you the most?

Hard to say, there have been a lot artists and songs. Kerri Chandler is always the first name to come because I listen to his music since so many years, and it talks to me so deeply. Another guy, Ernie G., the Hip-Hop producer, composed some beautiful albums and fantastic songs. You can hear one of these beauties in my podcast around minute 18th, “Make it right” by the late duet One Gud Cide, which is one of my all-time favorite hip-hop band.

Tracklist

Da Fat Cat Clique – Showdown
Vooodu – One Life To Live (Album Version)
Madd Rapper – Ghetto (feat. Raekwon & Carl Thomas)
South circle – Attitudes
One Gud Cide – Makin It Right
Gospel Gangstaz – Ghetto Sermon
Da Body Snatcha’s – Funky dick
M.A.G. (of midwikid) – Day by Day
Intricate Dialect – When U C Me (featuring Gen Pop and Tenacity)
Collective efforts – Winterlude
Kock D Zel – Currency feat cents
One Man Gang – Smoke’M Down (The Dedication) [Magic Dragon Mix]
Orphans Of Cush – Lost Generation
Smif-N-Wessun – K.i.m. 2000 (feat. loudmouf choir)
Raw produce ft. mr lif – I am myself


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