FRZVL creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. His openness to a wide range of sound is what has both made him a widely loved favourite, but also someone who operates in his own parallel musical world. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases.
When and how did you get your interest in electronic music?
I’m really influenced by the club culture from the 80’s and 90’s (Arthur baker, Shep Pettibone, Frankie Knuckles, Masters at Work to name a few). My interest to House music (I don’t like the term electronic because electronic is not a style) started a long time ago in the early 90’s with different radio shows in france which were playing this kind of beats and one was hosted by Dimitri from paris and this really make me aware of the House music and Garage from the New Jersey.
So I do my best to find and buy the records I heard on those shows and starting a very huge collection that I still own today and count more than 8000 vinyl records.
My roots are based on those soulful sounds and the music I produce today is paying a tribute to those sounds from back in the days.
What have you been doing with your time in lockdown in your city or country?
I have been busy producing tracks and songs and optimizing my studio. So I have like a bunch of tracks which are waiting to be released until the end of the year including 3 other tracks with Erik Rico , it’s a project we have together FRZVL feat Erik Rico, we try to do some Hi tech boogie stuff 😉
How do you assess the trajectory you have had and what were the reasons that led you to start it?
As said before I have always been a huge fan of music since I am a teenager. I discovered house music back then when I was a teenager like 12 or 13 years old with Dimitri from Paris and its weekly show he had on radio NRJ called Megamix.
I started to collect vinyl around that period and since then I didn’t stop, I have now a collection of 8000 records mostly house and disco music but also soul, hip hop, funk..
But later I got into production, around 2000. I was working on a local radio in the late 90’s and a friend of mine, Ghislain, who was working on the same radio started to buy some production gear and I slowly got into it as well. I did my class, exercing myself trying to produce stuff, improving my keyboard skills and this is only in 2011 when I met Mandel Turner, we did this song called “Brand New Heights” together and I released it on my newly created label Big Box Recordings.
What was your criterion when producing your last EP?
The idea to produce the song “people get up” and the other songs for Erik Rico came when I was in Los angeles in 2019, I was listening to lots of R&B music from the 80’s like SOS band and all the R& B jam produced by Jam & Lewis.
So I took my old TR808 and starting programming with it makin’it sound like a mix between those 80’s R&B music and early Chicago house stuff.
I made different tracks and purpose them to Erik Rico who I already knew because we made the track “Find a Way” together on my label. He liked the tracks and he is also a big fan of those 80 boogie and R&B stuff so he absolutely wanted to write songs over my music. That’s how start this collaboration.
Could you recommend a set that you are especially proud of, and that we can see on your Soundcloud or on YouTube?
I’m more a producer than a DJ but the set I have recorded in my studio for you guys at CLG represents my influences since the beginning. It is a 1 hour set, all vinyl (you can hear the crackles ! ) mixed on my RANE MP2016 with old joints from Murk, Masters at work, Cajual and of course Big Box Recordings 😉
What can you tell us about the scene of your city? What would you improve?
Electronic music is general in France is globally respected and correctly represented with many up and coming artists. But for many artists they know better success outside the borders. The market is global now but I think in France, which is a country with many different influences and background, the music is a little bit too uniform especially in the electronic music.
It lacks soulful influences and if I could say something I think the music would be more diverse if more producers, especially in the electronic music field, works with more people as musicians or singers to get out from the comfort zone. Music is about exchange, they’re nothing else better than to be in a studio with talented people and exchanging to create something. It is rather better than being alone in front of a computer trying to make beats.
Finally, what can you tell us about your present and future projects?
My projects are mostly concerning my label Big Box Recordings:
I plan to release 3 other singles with Erik Rico, 2 House music tracks and one R&B jam called “Let’s fall in love”, they are ready to be dropped in the coming weeks.
I will also release one Ragga House track featuring Baskerville Jones and KG from LA, this will be remixed by the legendary DJ Spinna (from Brooklyn baby !) and will be out for this summer.
I also forecast a reissue of the track “Find a Way” including a new FRZVL remix, It will be out in the coming weeks and this is really a soulful bomb!