Sebastopol: The Ransom Note Mix


Sebastien Bouchet has a penchant for intricacy and detail. It is present in subtle delicacy throughout his production, his music as much about mood and environment as it is for the dancefloor. The Frenchman has amassed a reputation for releasing tactfully crafted music on the likes of Kompakt, Hippie Dance, Hypercolour and more. His appearances prevalent and each release enlightening in its own sense. 

In the coming months he will release music on Jennifer Cardini's Correspondant and Kompakt under a brand new guise of Sebastopol. In honour of this we felt it to be fair that he had the chance to demonstrate his new alias through a contribution to the Ransom Note mix series, which he has kindly done below. 

Listen and read the interview. 

Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you and what are you?

Hello, I’m Sebastopol. A big dreamer, passionate about all kinds of music… A young eternal guy that you can find in Paris.

What does your music sound like? Can you draw what you think it sounds like for us (an image from the old internet is acceptable)? 

My music sounds like something new and that I like to listen to. It's difficult to choose only one picture but my latest work would look like this one ..

You grew up in Paris, what were the early days of running parties like?

I started to go out in early 2000's to clubs like Batofar, Pulp, Rex.. The famous after party 'Kwality'  was also a big influence at this time ..

At which point did you begin to make music yourself?

I started to compose music in my bedroom like many others. It happened naturally after buying vinyl and spending a lot of time in different record shops.

What influence did disco and sounds from overseas have on you?

Obviously disco was my first big influence when I was 9 years old. It was more the dynamic from the sound which touched me, the force from the music.  At this time wasn't able to dissociate each element from a song.

Where was the mix recorded?

In my new studio in Paris. 

What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?

A fantastic sound system.

What should we be wearing?

Your favorite sneakers!

Which track in the mix is your current favourite?

"All The Right Noises" – Roman Flugel 

What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?

"Immer" from Michael Mayer.

If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?

I think Mortitz von Oswald. That would be a big experience.

What was your first DJ set up at home and what is it now?

Two Technics MK2 and a Pioneer mixer. It’s still the same but now I play with CDJ's.

What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?

I would say the first one because that gives the first note for the rest of the set, naturally the last track has to be good.

What were the first and last records you bought?

The first was at this record shop from Paris called ‘Katapult’ where most of my vinyl collection comes from , the last one i bought was at the 'Clone' shop in Rotterdam.

If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?

Iced coffee.  

If it was an animal what would it be?

A bird.

One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything?

Indiana Jones’s soundtrack,

Anything else we need to discuss?

Yes! My upcoming LP for Correspondant and Kompakt in the next few months. With my new moniker Sebastopol!

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