• His Majesty Andre – “Almost anything can trigger my creativity”

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    His Majesty Andre produces music, makes sounds, and such. Always floating between shaking grooves and straight beats, his productions are like journeys from what it has been to what it will be. Hidden crafting sounds in his studio or traveling to DJ since 2009, his musical vision crossed path with different names such as Fatboy Slim, Roy Davis Jr, The Bloody Beetroots, Crookers, and Elisa Bee.

    Q&A with S&S

    S&S: What’s your style of music? How do you describe it? It’s usually house-ish with a squeeze of samples, a pinch of groove and a zest of techno

    S&S: Who or what was most instrumental to you when it came to music? I guess my older brother and my innate spirit of curiosity

    S&S: What drives you creatively? I’m inspired by a lot of things, almost anything can trigger my creativity. I find myself pausing a documentary or setting a book aside after feeling intrigued by a thought. My mind just starts drifting away to the point I can’t follow anymore and I have to open my daw and start drafting that thought

    S&S: How much does your audience influence you and your music selection? I had a period when I felt pressure playing at gigs, wondering what people was expecting me to play and driving myself a bit crazy in order to please the crowd with what I thought they were expecting from me… see the weirdness? Obviously you have to connect with your audience and nobody will expect anything and just enjoy the moment. At the end of the day (or the night) I think you have to let yourself free and don’t get influences influence you too much directly. Influences that grows on you, though, are another thing!

    S&S: What artists or genres do you listen to when you’re not working? Lately I’m listening to a lot of experimental and ambient music, especially from Japan. I like soul music, some pop as well and I’m trying to get a better grip of jazz

    S&S: Do you have any favorite memories of growing up with your family? Oh, I have so many! Maybe when I was little and we were at the seaside, like we did every summer. We used to spend a couple of weeks there and I used to go around the arcades and listening to the latest dance hits from the loud speakers – with another hundreads of noises coming from the videogames! My brother was there too and sometimes he would take me with him to the tiny record shop, where I couldn’t even reach the crates to dig!

    S&S: Is there anything you would like people to know about you? Dear people, I’m Andre. Sorry if I don’t answer back sometimes but I’m really shy 🙂

    S&S: Are there any charities you are working with or excited to tell us about? I’ve seen a lot of charities recently doing great work and I would feel unfair to mention a bunch. The thing I believe in, though, is that nowadays, with technology and such, we can bring support to both local and abroad communities. Just pick yourself one each, the ones close to your heart, and start helping any way you can

    S&S: Are there any questions that you wish people would ask you? A question asking for a question to be asked. I feel dizzy!

    S&S: And on the flip side of that, are there any questions or references you wish people would stop asking or using? “What’s your real job?”

    S&S: What artist(s) have you been the most excited to work with? Every time I’ve worked with anyone it was out of mutual respect. This way I’ve always granted to the work and the people involved something I really cared about. So if I say yes to a project or an idea you know I’m excited to work with you

     

    S&S: Are there any artists that you dream of working with on a collaboration? I would love to work with artists outside my “classic” genre, getting my hands on collateral sounds and new vibes. Also not stricly musical-artists would be nice to work with, to see how we can interact and generate something from different sides of creativity

    S&S What advice would you give to an aspiring artist? Dear aspiring artist: just do what you feel. Don’t loose too much time on tutorials and just learn by mistake – one day it might not be a mistake anymore but a new perspective

    S&S: What can we look forward to next from you? Remixes, new music, and collateral projects – I’m really digging into experimental things so I might indulge myself into something less musical but still audio-ish project

     

    S&S Records, Inc. (and S&S Chicago, Inc.) was established in 2005 by 4-time GRAMMY® nominated producer Steve “Silk” Hurley and global DJ/Producer Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas. Merging Hurley’s worldwide commercial success and Syas’ strong global following, the dance label has become home to numerous musical greats and one of the most respected blogs on the internet.

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