In Interview with Swann Decamme

Swann Decamme
Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
December 04, 2020

In Interview with Swann Decamme

Founder of the burgeoning Paris-based imprint Curiosity Music, Swann Decamme is one of the most exciting young producers on the European house and techno circuit, with a slew of hard-hitting releases on the likes of Dawn till Dusk, Earthly Delights, Magician On Duty and Time Has Changed to name a few.

In addition to his role as an artist and label manager, Swann Decamme is also the founder and artistic director of the Caribbean festival L’Amour à la plage, which takes place each year on the stunning island of Martinique.

A unique groove that amazes and transports you on a psychedelic voyage. That is the trademark of Swann Decamme and the reason for the increasing success of this dedicated laborer of electronic music. Swann, the founder of Paris-based label Curiosity Music, is a DJ and producer who distinguishes himself by his open-minded style navigating minimal, deep and tech house, with a predilection for hypnotic loops and sound waves. He combines groovy rhythms and synthetic melodies to create incisive tracks, penetrating the brain like powerful psychotropic agents. His high-quality productions have attracted the attention of tech legends such as Richie Hawtin, as well as new talents of deep house and a young crowd. Swann has four releases scheduled for 2020 on acclaimed labels, Dawn Till Dusk (Melbourne), Earthly Delights (New York), Magician On Duty (Miami) and Time Has Changed (Paris).

A true globe-trotter, Swann Decamme has appeared regularly in clubs in Europe, the United States and Latin America. His most recent performances include the SXM Festival in St Martin, and clubs in Colombia, Dominican Republic, London, Barcelona and Paris.

 

Good day Swann and thanks for chatting with us!

Hey guys, thanks for the invitation, it’s a real pleasure!

Please can you introduce yourself to our 6AM audience?

Yeah, my name is Swann Decamme, I am a French DJ and producer based in Paris. I compose electronic music, my style navigates between deep-house, tech, and minimal. It’s been 10 years since I started my artistic career and I released a hundred tracks on different international labels.

You can check out my discography on Bandcamp.

This is a loaded question these days but…how are you doing?

I’m fine thank you! I am currently in a family home with my parents, my brother and my grand father in the south of France for the lockdown. We are like cut off from the world here, it’s peaceful.

Where did you spend lockdown and how are you keeping busy and motivated during the pandemic?

Well, the year 2020 had started really well for me with great gigs and releases on labels that I like.
It all started after my gig at the SXM Festival in Saint-Martin. At that time I was still living in London. When I left the festival, the lockdown had just taken place 1 or 2 days before in France and it actually began only 1 or 2 weeks later in the UK.

So I spent several months in my London home. I then decided to leave London to return to France at the end of June and see my family again. The summer was pretty cool then I moved to Paris in September (I lived in the capital for 4 years in the past).

In France, the lockdown has been back since October, so I decided to come and spend it in the south. Here, I have my music studio, a home gym and nature. Everything is together for a good lockdown.
It’s better than being locked up in Paris.

Do you feel it has slowed your progress in the industry, or do you find some positives in all this?

Clearly, that cut off my momentum, all gigs were canceled or postponed. I was supposed to play for the first time in the US last March. The whole industry is on standby. I have also seen it with the sales of music from my label Curiosity Music which are in free fall and with the cancellations of the different editions of the festival that I co-founded in Martinique, L’Amour à la plage.

The positive point would be I think for the flora and fauna which have resumed their rights and freedoms. Concerning myself, I did not compose music during the 1st lockdown but now, I’m back in the studio again with lots of projects and ideas. This year, I received a lot of collaboration requests, so I have a lot of stuff lined up, which is very cool! So 2021 should be busy. with lots of great releases.

What were your first introductions to electronic music?

After obtaining my Baccalaureate, I went to study Applied Foreign Languages at the University of Tours. I was also doing road cycling at top level, I wanted to become a professional. Then a knee injury ended that dream.

So I thought about it and gave it all up to become a DJ. So I left Tours to do a DJ school in the south, it was 11 or 12 years ago if I remember correctly.

I then continued in this branch by doing 6 years of studies in music with different schools and gateways to finish with obtaining a diploma in sound engineering.

We understand that you’ve just signed with Conflux Connect for representation in North America. Exciting times! How did that all come about?

Yes it’s great news, one of the most exciting of this rather chaotic year. I am very happy to start a collaboration with Jori at Conflux Connect. We are on the same wavelength, she loved my music which she describes as therapeutic.

I simply contacted Jori in September explaining my projects, my vision and we got on well. I can’t wait to meet her and move forward into 2021 with some great things to come. I look forward to sharing my energy with the American public. I hope I will be able to travel to the United States in early 2021.

Talk to us about your festival L’Amour à la plage in the Caribbean…

L’Amour à la plage (Love at the beach), is my latest baby, which I co-founded with my friends Solène and Diego, a couple based in Martinique.

We launched this concept for a small event at Ti Sable beach, and the response was overwhelming. We had 3 SOLD OUT editions and received an invitation from the SXM Festival to have our own stage there. Unfortunately since the pandemic we have had to cancel 3 editions of the festival. But we remain hopeful and finger crossed we will come back in 2021 in full force.

How has it been affected by COVID and when is the next event scheduled for?

For the moment the project is on standby. We hope to come back in 2021 with several editions. Keep an eye on it.

You also run your own label, Curiosity Music. You must be a very busy man! How’s everything going with the label and can you talk to us about any upcoming projects?

(laughs) Yes it’s a lot of work, I founded Curiosity Music in 2016. We are celebrating our 4th anniversary and our 30th release. The label continues its journey slowly but surely with solid releases. We have obtained a good reputation due to our hard work and high standards.

I had great fun at the Art School in Bordeaux, sharing this knowledge with students in a masterclass.

We are putting more and more young talents / new artists in the spotlight. If the music is good, we are ready to invest in these emerging artists. Besides, the 30th release is an artist we met during this masterclass. He is a young talent, his artist name is INKKØ. I invite you to discover his EP which will be out before the end of this year.

What were you planning to do before you realized that the world of music was going to be your passion and work for life?

My first dream was to become a professional cyclist. I love cycling, this year I watched the 3 big tours (Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Vuelta de España). But now I am happy I chose to make my living with music.

What other hobbies or passions do you have that aren’t music related?

Gastronomy in general, I am a bon vivant. I like to eat quality products, and discover new things. I also like sport and discovering new cultures through my different trips. It is very enriching.

Do you have any final words for us?

Yes, thank you to the whole 6AM team for this interview opportunity. I invite you to discover my new podcast published at Deep House Moscow. Enjoy!

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