Lamache Interview: 'In London we say that when the party is good, even the walls sweat!'

Lamache interview

A bright and shining artist - Lamache! French fella, from Toulouse, is now a part of the Berlin scene. His name is not new to the scene and you can find him performing alongside biggest names all around the world. His label discobar is still young, but already hosting showcases in Europe and beyond representing a talented group of artists such as Odd Soul, The Mole, Toba, Ark, Zendid, Alex & Digby, Robin Ordell. His influences from French house, minimal and techno can be felt through out his dj sets and productions. By travelling he has gained enormous amount of experience which helped him to become a versatile dj who will make sure you will have the night to remember. 

 

1.Pleasure to have you on board with us today! You have been on our radar for a while now. How are you doing?

Hello there, I am very well thank you. Listening to some music and chilling with the cats at home before the weekend starts. 

2.House scene and dance music in general is a big deal in France. You don’t have to really dig to find good parties around, but as originally coming from Toulouse how do you think its scene shaped your sound?

When I started getting into this type music , the south played a big part in its influence in France, with some serious clubs popping up in Toulouse, Montpellier, Aix to name a few… I remember traveling all the way to Montpellier for a night to see some of my favorite artists, which inspired me a lot to carry on doing what I am doing today.

Nowadays the south isn't like that anymore, some clubs closed, the others took a different music direction that doesn’t interest me anymore. Paris on the other hand is on fire clubbing wise - every weekend, the clubs are full and the line ups competitive.

3.What was the situation or a party that made you think – “alright, I love this and I want to be part of it?”

Playing records in my bedroom was already something magic for me, but the day I started playing in bars and clubs, it was so natural to feel the people, and vibe with them; I loved it instantly. I remember the day when I saw Ricardo Villalobos playing at Razzmatazz in Barcelona, everything made sense. This journey he took us on was really special to me, it was just what my ears and body wanted to feel. That day, the whole room was connected, I will remember that forever. For me, this is what music is all about.  

 

 

4.What were your favourite parties and places to go in Tolouse and France in general? Any secret record shops you would recommend?

Ufff, this is not an easy question… To start with Toulouse, my favorite places were “Beaucoup” (now closed), which was my first residency. It was this small bar/club where some underground magic was happening in the basement every weekend. This is where I taught myself to play on decks. Then later on, the go-to place was “La Couleur de la Culotte” where I played regularly with one of my best friends - we had some amazing nights there. I remember playing with Nina Kraviz there at the beginning of her career. Then onto Paris and my student life (ahah), I can’t really say one or two places because I had so much fun everywhere, but definitely REX CLUB, CONCRETE and BADABOOM are my favorite places nowadays…not forgetting crews like Crazyjack who invited me many times in different places all over the city. 

Record Shops wise, I spent a lot of time at Techno Import back in the days… I used to find some amazing stuff that I still play. The owner was super nice and he was always helping you out not like some of those music snobs you can bump into these days. Synchrophone was also a big thing when I was living in Bastille.

 

5.As far as we know you love adventure and you been travelling a fair amount. What made you to decide to have London as your first stop? Were you scared before moving in?

I’ve always listened to my feelings and this instinct that I have inside me. When I moved from Toulouse to Paris, it’s because I was done with the city as it wasn’t inspiring me anymore. I wanted to learn more and discover everything that we didn’t have or couldn’t have there. I went on to study in Paris and that was 5 amazing years.

But then again, the feeling of ‘the grass is always greener’ came back to me. I went to play in London for Toi Toi Musik, those guys that I met once in an after party in Paris. It was amazing, and again something new, something more underground, in a city where the boundaries were beyond what I knew in Paris. It was a natural move for me to go there music wise, it was like a calling from London and I just embraced it.

I had 4 crazy years with Toi Toi Musik. London taught me a lot: meeting new people, discovering a new culture, the basements, the rain, the hard life because of the lifestyle in the city, the love, the break up, the anxiety and finally,  the creation of my label “ Discobar”… many things happened there.. for better and for worse. Nowadays I’m based in Berlin and who knows where I’ll be tomorrow…

6. You did not take long to settle well in London. You became a part of amazing Toi Toi Musik collective, how did that happen? What’s the biggest memory you have with them? Any crazy moments?

Toi Toi Musik was always natural from the first day we met and we became close really fast. Basically Claus and Isis were in Paris for a weekend and they saw me playing for an after party. I was the only person playing records in that boat that morning. The records were jumping a lot due to the moving water below but I didn’t care, the vibe was great and I think that they liked that moment a lot. They invited me to play in their party in London, I will always remember this first gig alongside Delano Smith, Le loup and Voigtmann. Everything felt good again, we had so much fun so they invited me again a few weeks later and this was even better, I even remember my set… So when I decided to move to London, they asked me to get more involved into their project and invited me to be a resident with Jan Krueger, Daze Maxim and Voigtmann
The next event I did the warm up for was the party for ZIP with Claus -  I couldn’t believe it. I have so many good memories from this period that I can’t tell you which one was the best.

But if you want to know a funny one, it was that day when we invited Marc Schneider to play in one of those dodgy basements in Hackney. That day the party was so good and hot that a part of the ceiling fell apart right behind the DJ booth near Marc’s record bag. He was a bit shocked but I assured him that in London we say that when the party is good, even the walls sweat!

7.Your last venture is Berlin. How do you find it’s scene? Did you had the idea moving in before, or something happened that you made such a decision?

Berlin was a new page, a new chapter and time to learn a new culture and history. I’d never thought about moving to Berlin before this, I was never attracted by it to be honest, but this city is different than others, the life style is very different, noticeably slower than what I’m used to. 

When you’ve lived in cities like Paris or London, Berlin teaches you how to breathe, and this was the best thing that could happen for my health. 

It made so much sense for me to move here because all my friends I work with are based here. Also, my career took a step forward so I really wanted to spend all my time working with music, which I couldn’t afford to do in London. Berlin gave me this ability to focus 110% on my things, my label, my music and the studio. 

8.Talking about Discobar, how is your imprint doing? Loving this name! What made you come up with a label? What were the ideas behind it?

Discobar is doing very well, I am very happy about it and what we have been accomplishing with it. The name came from a joke that we had with a friend and basically Discobar in Belgium is a DJ booth. So very simply this became the name of the label. 
I always wanted to create something were I could grow my own family and friends. I really believe that music needs to be shared (in the good way) and I am also a person that believes in team work. Getting together is a beginning, staying together is very good but working together is a success. 

The only concept for the label was music that we like from people that we respect and inspire us. 

9.Thank you! Amazing stuff. Do you have some exciting new releases or dates to announce?

This year many things are coming actually, I want to release a lot of interesting new stuff on Discobar. 

The Part 2 of Darren Allen debut on Discobar is coming out in January and I am very happy about it, I love it. Then a new EP of Zendid is coming with a great remixer that I am a big fan of. 

And more to come for the 3rd birthday of the label…

10.What would be your number one tip for upcoming artists or people who want to start a label?

I would say, don’t try too hard, take your time, listen to a lot of different music, don’t follow the trends, do what you like and stick to it. If you believe in what you do, it will pay off at some point. And if you start a new label vinyl only like everybody wants to do, support the movement and buy vinyls! & Thank you for having me! It was a nice talk.

 

Thank you again, Lamache, for having us. Can’t wait to see you spin the records again at Half Baked 8th Birthday!

 

 

 

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