MIXED BY/ Paxton Fettel

PAXTON FETTEL 2

À bien des égards , la musique du producteur de Copenhague Paxton Fettel incarne parfaitement ce qu’on aime chez Bolting Bits . Depuis son apparition sur la scène en 2010 , ses productions ont tissé avec goût house, jazz, hip-hop et une disco chaleureuse, mélodieuse, à la fois nostalgique et moderne. 2015 a été l’année la plus prolifique pour Fettel , avec ‘The Secret Ingredient is Crime‘ EP sur Apersonal Music, un 12′ København – London EP avec Norm de Plume on Plumage records et le fantastique LP “Everything Stays the Same” pour son troisième release sur le label anglais Greta Cottage Workshop. Nous avons eu l’occasion d’échanger quelques mots avec lui pour accompagner ce nouveau mix qu’il a préparé pour nous.

INTERVIEW


Hi Paxton, thanks for joining us! You have had an impressive 2015, I especially enjoyed your album. Any retrospective thoughts on the past year, or ambitions for 2016? 
2015 was a good year, but it had a tendency to become a bit stressed at times. I reckon 2016 will be a year with less gigs, less releases and overall more time spent on enjoying life. I’m in no rush.

Unless you prefer the secret be kept, what are you working on at the moment? My bass- playing is undergoing great improvement, and as always I play the keys as much as possible.
But yea, again. I’m working on getting my own expectations of life in line with what i’m actually capable of.
Hopefully I can stop dissapointing my self as much in the future.

What’s your studio set-up looking like these days? Are you more into hardware, software, or the integration of both?
Well, as you see I like hardware a lot. Tactile feel, nice knobs & lights, a way of not looking into a screen all the time all that jazz.  I do love good plug-ins & software bips. Check out Valhalla DSP for example.. Brilliant software verbs & efx.

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How would you describe the electronic music scene in Copenhagen? Do you see yourself staying there for the foreseeable future?
I don’t bother much with the scene. I’ve never been a very active raver – so to be honest I wouldn’t know.

Do you listen to a lot of club music at home, and what music is particularly inspiring to you at the moment?
Not a lot of club music, but some. Mostly I like to listen to music or mixes done by friends or people whom I find interesting. (Andy Hart’s Resident Advisor podcast is on as we speak). Iasos – Interdimensional Music is in mad rotation at the moment.

What would be your ideal live set up?
For some time I’ve been doing live, but just decided not to do it anymore.. I need to play in a band if I’m gonna do any kind of live performance. The onemanband is getting kinda old and tiresome. I’d love to be able to communicate with people and share the journey with some fellow musicians.  Onemanband is a lonely band.

Some of your harmonies are quite interesting, the jazzy flourishes betray a musical background. Did you teach yourself the instruments you play?
Well, I took drum lessons from age 6-13(approximately). All the other instruments are self taught. Bass, Piano, Studio Techniques & so on & so forth.

How did your approach to your album differ to that of your EP’s?
In every way. The album was a much more decisive process. I really wanted to make something that felt whole. Tell a story. Not just 4 different cuts for your dancing pleasure, something that would be more appealing to your Hi-fi. And still have relevance in a 6am sore feet sence.

What is the relationship between DJing and production to you? How do you balance the two? Any favourite DJ’s and why?
I’m first and foremost a music lover. Which is one of the most important relations in my life. Dj’ing – is fun and I love sharing music with people. It’s a nice way of communicating with people who wanna dance and have a great time. But I’m a real troglodyte. I prefer being in the lab, cellar or what you prefer to call it.


Oliver Moes