3. You are keen to include multi disciplinary elements in respect of programming, why do you feel this is important and what do the talks and showcases bring to the festival beyond the music?
It is very important to transmit. We’ve been doing it for a long time in music but it was time to move on to more concrete topics. It’s about taking the time to ask questions and deal with them. The question of ecology related to our profession has really touched us for some years now. Simo Cell’s column in the newspaper Libération in June 2020 has really influenced this year’s bookings. This is why we have organised a conference on ecology led by Samuel Valensi from The Shift Project on Saturday 13 November at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Saint-Etienne with live performances by EMMA DJ and Gil.Barte.
4. In terms of the musical curation, there is a focus towards Leftfield electronic music, is this based upon your own tastes and interests?
The programming is indeed based on our own tastes, which we feel is in line with our values. We are DJs as well as programmers with a wide variety of musical tastes ranging from deep techno to bass in the broadest sense aswell as downtempo and ambient.
This year’s line up is surely the most personal we’ve offered. And strangely enough, this is the year we have received the most support from the public.
5. You make use of many different spaces, how do you approach the design and structure of each space?
We have defined aesthetics for each stage because they lend themselves to it. Over time our choices have been confirmed and now we are going a little further using scenographers from the Collectif Ascidiacea who will bring even more soul to each space, always in connection with the programming. It would not be possible for us to put “big room” techno on a stage designed for bass or downtempo.
6. Of what are you most proud of in respect of the festival?
The faith and the goodwill of our audience. Many people don’t know half of the line-up but they’ll discover artists and find new favourites. As we said previously, this years festival features a much more personal line up than in previous years, with fewer headliners. The public responded far more quickly – we can’t thank them enough for that!
7. Has the ideology behind the event differed and evolved over the years?
Yes, it has. We have become more aware of inslusivity and parity – both in our programming and in the audience of the festival. This has become a very important issue for us and we’re trying to work on it as much as possible. Today we want to drive communication between audiences. To bring people together and make society dream beyond continents, genres and generations.
8. What do you want to change about the music community more widely?
The idea that there are so many artists to discover. That being curious and having a real musical culture is exciting, enriching, and limitless.
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