- Hello Fred. For those who don't know you, how would
you classify your musical style ?
n' roll & electronic
- Founding member of
"Stamp", of "Boot Power", and of "Gonzo
Voice" before being known as Electronicat, you multiplied
your creations , adding to some of your creations that
featured on your EP's ,the experiences for contemporay
dance and theatre : what did all this brought to you ?
Diversity is fundamental in my work.
Electronicat is a project among others.Right now I'm more
focused on it than any other project ,but I worked on
other projects also ..
- More recently you started to collaborate with Cécile
Babiole on stage or for porjects like "Reality Dub".
How did you have that idea ? What do you think the visual
aspect can affect your music ?
I collaborate with chorégraphes, artists, video directors
, the musical approcah is very experimental. IT's very
uplifting. that's what happens with Cécile Babiole. I
appreciate her work and we've done some projects very
experimental together like Reality Dub.
- About your musical tastes , your influences , what are
the bands or artists you listen to ?
are so many, but this month I listen to Akufen, Andreas
Berthling, Michael Stravostrand, The Damned, Motorhead,
The Slits, Gloria Jones, Mike Ladd, Henri Pousseur...
- You remixed "Dead of Night" which features
on the single "Goodnight Lovers" from Depeche
Mode. How have you been contacted to made this remix and
jow did you react ?
contacted me and told me that Depeche Mode wanted Electronicat
to do a remix of 'The Dead of Night'. There wasn't much
time , they needed it in the next ten days . I had Daniel
Miller on the phone . He asked me if I could do it , I
said yes and here it is!
- How did you work on that remix ? What was your way of
work on that track ?
send me the numerous aiff files of the track . I worked
with logicaudio. The rythmic of 'the dead of night' is
so close to some of my tracks (shuffle time, she's a queen,
amour salé...). I kept some events like the voices , the
guitars,the electronic events . I pitched them , I stretched
them making them staying on the same base: the Electronicat
- Was it your first experience at that level ?
it wasn't my first remix , I also remixed Rechenzentrum
, Celuloid matta, Valvola.
- Would you be interested in doing it again ? and with
Congo power also asked me to do some . Of course I'm ready
for new experiences.
- Is Depeche Mode among the artists you appreciate ? what
is your favourite song ?
don't have any favorite band . I like a lot the mix between
électro and rock'n'roll of "Personal Jesus"
or "I Feel You".
- What do you think DM brought the electronic music and
what is DM for you right now ?
and Servant"! : they were the masters of the eélectro
pop in the 80 's . Since then electro totally explosed
..., so who are the servants ?
- You said "lthe french scene is so small (...)
In fact France doesn't exists (...) and I don't care about
french journalists "". Do you think it's
still hard to be 'prophet" in your own country, France
about electronic music?
don't think it's a problem of country anymore. and what's
the point of being a "prophet" , a experimentalist
? I don't belong to any "parisian" familly ,
my familly is very eclectic , spread, international. I
make myself my own network. I make my own way !
- You are very productive on foreign labels on foreign
countries where electronic music has a real public, and
that's surely not innocent that DM contacted two french
artists (you andt Bertrand Burgalat) for the remixes of
their last album : do you think you are more appreciated
and acknowledged in foreign countries?
keep relations and have many projects with artists and
labels from foreign countries . Some special aspects of
electronic music have their audience in France. But English
and German electro isn't really appreciated , but it seems
it starts to change...
- Finally what are your projects in the next few months
new Electronicat album, concerts, an album ofe Pig, cat
& cow (a projet with Khan et Jill Mingo), a projet
with Mike Ladd, a dvd with Cécile Babiole, some remixes...
- Thanks for this interview. Do you have something to
Interview of Fred
Bigot (Electronicat) by Guillaume Legrand (on
08/02/02) for ModeNation / Pimpf