Patrice Scott: interview from a legend

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A few hours before his gig with us at Le Bleury, Patrice Scott kindly answer a few questions from our teammate Oliver.

Hi Patrice Scott, how are you doing? It’s been almost a year now since the release of your first album, Euphonium, which we really enjoyed. What have you been up to musically since then?
I am doing well. Since the release of Euphonium I have been in the studio writing music, as always, working on various upcoming projects.

The record is at once cosmic, deep, and meditative, but still maintains dance floor functionality. Was your approach to Euphonium different to that of your EP’s?
Yes, the approach was different. I wanted to tell a story. Not just release some tracks. I wanted the album to have a chronological order.

Would you say you find creative inspiration primarily in electronic music, or in other outlets?
My inspiration comes from all kinds of music as well as other things. I can be in the car driving and see a building and get inspired. Inspiration comes from many outlets if you are a true artist.

You’ve been DJ’ing for over 20 years now. How have your tastes and DJ sets changed over the years?
When I play a set I always try to take people on a journey. That is why I ask for three hours or more. That has always been and will never change. As far as taste, I always try to play music that represents me and how I feel which is deep, emotional (to a certain extent) and soulful.

You’ve obviously amassed a large record collection during that time. How much new music do you purchase, and is it primarily vinyl, digital, or a balance of the two?
I don’t buy a lot of new music because I don’t find a lot of new stuff these days that really excites me. My purchases are mainly old stuff with a few new things from time to time and mostly vinyl.

Any specific producers or labels on the scene that have been particularly grabbing you recently?
I like Kai Alce and what he is doing with his label NDATL.

What is your studio set-up like? Any favourite pieces of gear?
My studio set up is analog and digital gear. They all are my favs.

Detroit’s reputation as a cultural hotbed of musical styles of all sorts has given the city an almost mythological status to non-residents. Would you say the city has changed recently, especially due to the recent increase in house and techno’s popularity?
The city has not changed. It is still the same. Talented and inspiring artist continue to emerge from Detroit.

Sistrum has deservedly established a great reputation since its inception. Any advice for aspiring label-owners?
My only advice is to try and stand out some kind of way because today’s market is flooded with labels. There are too many labels and you can easily get lost in the shuffle no matter how good your music is.

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Patrice Scott + TAZZ, it’s tonight at Le Bleury bar à vinyle. See you there.
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