Télépopmusik Interview

Summer Home is Back with Télépopmusik!

EXPERIENCE BY: KAGAN RICHARDSON

Let me tell you, the first edition of Summer Home 2018 with Télépopmusik was an absolute blast. The music, the people, the atmosphere, the food, the drinks, everything was perfect.

A lot of this is thanks to Back Bay Bistro for providing the perfect venue for the day. It sits right on the water in Newport Beach (you can dock your boat and walk right in) and provides its guests with unparalleled waterfront dining in a huge open space that was just begging for some quality music.

Rozco, Bubblewrappe, Mogli, and Daniel Minaya kicked things off in that order and served the crowd a delicious serving of underground beats that paired quite nicely with Back Bay Bistro’s street taco and brunch buffet. Daniel Minaya in particular unleashed an onslaught of classic tracks, such as Show Me Love by Robyn S and One More Time by Daft Punk, alongside the trademark underground sounds of MDA.

Then, Télépopmusik took over, but before we get into the stellar performance... here is a bit about their career so far.

The core trio of Fabrice Dumont, Stephan Haeri, and Christophe Hetier first came together in 1997 after playing with other projects. Dumont founded the dream pop group Autour de Lucie, Hetier DJ’d as Antipop, and Haetri was a member of Planet Zen and also produced as 2Square.

The three created a fresh electronic sound that first culminated with Sonic 75 which was released on the SourceLab 3 compilation album in 1997. They refined their sound over the next few years and eventually released their debut album, Genetic World, on Capitol Records in 2002.

The album was a commercial success especially its lead single, Breathe, which became a smash hit in the mainstream. Breathe has been featured in countless movies, TV shows, and commercials around the world. You might recognize it from television ads for the Mitsubishi Outlander that aired nationally in 2003.

The group toured all over the world following this success and released their second album, Angel Milk, in 2005 also on Capitol Record. The single off the album, Into Everything, also received mainstream success and a stop-motion music video was subsequently released.

Since then, Télépopmusik has been relatively silent as they only released the Try Me Anyway/Fever EP in 2013 which earned a great selection of remixes from the likes of Dirty Channels, Zombie Disco Squad (ZDS), Populette, Pit Spector, and Pino Rastovitch. I highly recommend checking it out!

Christophe Hetier of Télépopmusik took the DJ duties for the group and held the crowd in a state of pure elation from start to finish. Christophe is a master on the decks as he showed off his technical mastery and vast musical library that spans the decades. I personally never thought I would see anyone throw Burnin’ by Daft Punk (one of my personal favorites off their debut album Homework) into a DJ set, but he did so without batting an eyelash and the crowd ate it up.

After the show, I had the chance to sit down with Christophe and ask him a few questions. Here’s what he had to say...

Kagan: Can you give us some insight into how you prepare for your DJ sets?
Christophe: Well to prepare for playing as a DJ, I try to capture the new sounds and music that people are listening to. I have fun mixing the new music with the music I’ve added collected over the years.
Kagan: When you finished Breathe years ago, did you expect all of the mainstream success?
Christophe: Oh no, we did not expect all of that success. We made a song we liked and it sort of happened.
Kagan: Télépopmusik tracks have received a slew of remixes. What is the process like when picking the remixers?
Christophe: Most of the time they actually approach us about remixing our tracks. Especially recently with the younger of generation of artist wanting to remix our tracks, Breathe for example.
Kagan: How does it feel to be considered one of the bands who pioneered the concept of multiple vocalist collaborations on one album?
Christophe: I don’t think too much of it to be honest. We did what we felt was right for the album and it worked out in a nice way.
Kagan: Who are some of your biggest influences as a musician?
Christophe: We all come from backgrounds in pop bands so a lot of pop music. The Pixies would be one of the biggest for me in particular.
Kagan: Can we hope for new music from Telepopmusik in the near future?
Christophe: We are in the studio now putting the finishing touches on our next album. You could probably expect to see that in a few months, maybe around September or later this year.

It was an absolute pleasure having Télépopmusik out for Summer Home. The party was such a  great time all around that it was extended to 8pm rather than ending at 7pm! It gave Christophe extra time to direct the soundtracks to our lives, and he did not disappoint.

Here’s to the next one Ambassadors.

Kagan Richardson

AKA DJ Moose Trax

Thank you to Joseph Paparazzo for the pictures.