Paris-based project 404 - not to be confused with the London hip hop punksters of the same name - came together recently after operating individually in the French electronic music scene.
Their diverse inspirations and interests create a sound that is much greater than the sum of its parts; it's machine-driven music with nods to IDM, dub, krautrock and jazz, that they translate through immersive performances using image and sound.
This week's mix is a live recording of a set they played in Nantes for Abstract Records' Release Party, a French label that they'll be releasing their next EP on...
Please introduce yourself... Who are you, what are you and where are you?
We are 404, a collision of four entities based in Paris.
Where was the mix recorded?
It was actually a live set recorded in Nantes at Blockhaus DY10 for the Abstract Records gang.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
In a bathyscaphe diving into the depths of Oceanus Borealis.
What should we be wearing?
Nothing except a colander on your head.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format?
We’re exploring collaborations with artists and engineers on spatialized and immersive sound, organic visuals and more multimedia experiences.
Which track in the mix is your current favorite?
Actually, it depends on the mood.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
Simo Cell at Atonal 2017.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Jeff Mills, obviously for all kinds of wizardry.
What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?
Pair of SL 1210 mk2+ xone 23 / djm400… still the same with DJR400.
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Hard to say, introduction and conclusion are capital in any journey and/or story.
What were the first and last records you bought?
Manau - La Tribu de Dana (first) & Francky Vincent - Salon de la musique (last).
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Spacial juice and cosmic syrup.
If it was an animal what would it be?
One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?
Nothing’s impossible with records, gotta listen.
Upcoming in the world of 404…
Off Course album on Candomblé is just out, and we have an EP incoming on Crowdspacer, a couple of videos and more to come for 2020...
Anything else we need to discuss?