Podcast 125: Roman Poncet [Figure, Tresor Records] - FR
The Parisian universe seems not to have lost an iota of its majesty when it comes to electronic music. Its persistent luminous flashes continue to attract, more and more artists from all regions of the country immigrate, although very few, only the most astute, manage to succeed in the lasting implantation in the city.
Roman Poncet is one of them. The enthusiastic disciple left the comfortable warmth of Avignon to sink deeply into the frantic life of the capital. For a couple of years he has been completely dedicated to his passion and has had many achievements, which has now allowed him the possibility of devoting all his time to his music. With the friendship of Len Faki, who noticed from the first moment of his talent, as a DJ expert and critic, the young producer kept working and delivering new material, easily oscillating between genres, which has already convinced most of the names legendary of the electronic scene.
TF: Tell us something about you. What’s your background? Where did you studied and who influenced you to explore musical processes?
RP: I studied product design in Paris, so we can say I had an artistic school education.
Studying Arts and Design obviously helped me to develop my artistic sensibility.
But I’ve never learnt Music, in a classical way I mean - I can’t read or write music, I can’t play an instrument properly either. I am a computer geek.
TF: When you look back to your career with all its highs and lows, can you imagine having done things differently? Is it more fate or choice?
RP: I like to think that if i would change even just a detail, nothing would be the same today. I am satisfied the way things are so far so no I don’t want to think about how I could change something. There are always things you would have done better, or differently though - but as I said, I’m a happy person, so that’s enough for me right now.
TF: How did you meet Len Faki? What has made your connection with his label so special?
RP: I first « digitally » met him, I was sending him some music and we started getting in touch regularly. One day, he liked the music I sent him, more than the previous sounds I’ve addressed him. He felt he could do something with it and that’s when he suggested to create a new moniker, created especially for my techno project, which was born with my first release on Figure.
TF: How do you compose you tracks? Do you treat them like musical narratives or more like sound sculptures o images?
RP: Funny you asked the question. I guess it’s a combination of all these. I’m maybe more « cinematographic » oriented in my approach / vision of music. I like to imagine the music in a visual context: it can be a classic club landscape or something way much more peculiar.
But I also shape the arrangement of a song like a sculpture somehow - sometimes I could even arrange the basics of a song just « by the sight » - without listening to the elements - just by organizing every colours each representing a track of the song.
TF: What is the first synthesizer you have ever played? Do you have your favourite instruments or devices?
RP: I can’t tell, I’m not a keyboard player, and to be totally honest I’m not a fan of synthesizer. To speak the truth, my favourite instrument is my computer and everything I can do with it.
TF: Recently, have you seen any movie or documentary, or heard an album that has influenced the way you make music? What other art forms or music inspire you as a person?
RP: Well I guess « Arrival » by Denis Villeneuve inspired my work a lot recently, especially if you look out to the next releases I have in line. I’ve been inspired by the film itself but also by its soundtrack produced by Jóhann Jóhannsson. I loved it so much that I’ve already seen the movie at least 10 times and recorded endless loops of some parts of the OST to keep listening to it whilst i’m traveling: I’m an absolutely very well-balanced person as you can notice.
TF: What are you working on now? What ideas or plans do you have for your future work?
RP: I did 3 remixes recently, which just get released: The first one is more a rework I did in collab with Dj Deep, of a Carl Craig remix, out on Tresor. Second one is for Fur Coat’s label called Oddity and the third one’s for my Italian friend Antonio Lanana, on his label SK Black.
Ah! and I recently finished a piece quite important for me, but of which I can’t tell more right now, it will be announced soon though.
TF: Any last words from Roman to our readers?
RP: Enough words. Go and check out the mix I’ve recorded for The Forgotten Series, hope you’ll like it
TF: Thank you for all Roman. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.