GEORGES VERT PRESENTS – PANEUROPA – the RANSOM NOTE MIX
? ? Some people ooze class. Georges Vert is one of them. An aficionado of sci fi disco and synth botherer par excellence, George broke free from his usual stylistic constraints to put together a mix of abstract beauty for us. We caught up with him to ask him the usual questions that accompany the R$N mixes and he showed himself to be a man of great wit and gentile manners, no churlish, peevishness required (ahem).
So sit back and enjoy the wonderful world of Georges Vert…For those of us who aren't educated in the life of Georges Vert, please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about yourself.Who are you:Georges Vert – composer.Where are you:Bastille, Paris – France.What are you:Universal traveller, creator of illusion and enthusiastic florist.How would you describe your musical style?Bulbous and as Cole Porter said, Anything Goes.
Where was the mix recorded?In my apartment, with turntables and a little mixer.What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?In convivial company, being as comfortable as possible.Get convivial, here's the mix in all it's abstract beauty…?How did you go about constructing this mix? What was your ultimate aim?I selected musics which gave the mix a feeling of dislocation from the everyday world.What should we be wearing?Something a little more comfortable. Of course.Which of your predecessors do you feel has had the biggest impact on your style?So many people. Teddy Lasry, Bernard Fevre, Jacky Giordano…What, in your opinion, makes a piece of music unmistakably French?An underlying sense of romance and lightness of touch, even in the midst of the heaviest music.You also describe yourself as a painter, if you had to paint the imagery of this mix, what would it look like?Abstract, mixed media and large-scale.Why does a Fender Jazz Bass have so much appeal to you?It is such an organic instrument, with a beautiful round tone. Nothing else sounds like a Jazz.Who do you see as the greatest French figure of all time?I will choose Serge Gainsbourg and Charles Zidler. You may draw your own conclusions.Whats your favourite recorded mix of all time?It is so hard to pick just one – I am a mix fiend. At the moment, I am still listening to '20 Hot Tub Greats' mixed by SeahawksIf you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?Probably Rinder and Lewis. It would have been fun.What would be your dream setting to record a mix: Location/system/format…It would be at the Crazy Horse, here in Paris. System and format wouldn't matter then.What were the first and last records you bought?I think the first record I bought was 'Bon Depart' by Gerard et Leonie. The last record I bought was a compilation of forgotten, decaying soviet disco.If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?A dark chocolate choux from Ptisserie Martin, in Morlaix. One of the finest purveyors in France.If it was a balloon animal what would it be?Raymond Blanc.One record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything'Touch' by Morton Subotnick. Impossible to mix because it is so unique and everything after it sounds so prosaic. Truly cosmic music.Upcoming in the world and mind of Georges Vert?Possibly a ballet. We'll see.Georges Vert's An Electric Mind was released last summer on Melodic, pick it up here.