by Holger Breuer
In a collaboration with our friends with our friends from Torture The Artist we sat down with one of our favorite producers, Love Over Entropy who will have his US debut at our upcoming party - SoHaSo showcase on March 11th.
Love Over Entropy, or Michel to those who know him well, made his first appearance on Nuno Dos Santos label in 2013, but the producer, DJ, and foremost, artist, has been involved with music since the early nineties. As much as he has influenced the electronic scene with productions such as ‘Tonii‘ and ‘Off the Grid, Michel also has had a helping hand in defining it. We spoke to the artist before his US debut on March 11th, where he will play alongside long time friends Nuno Dos Santos and Baikal.
What is the meaning of your 'Love Over Entropy' moniker?
The name just popped up in my mind and it definitely means something to me, but I am not going to explain it. Anyone probably has some idea of what love is and can look up what entropy means. Combining those concepts should be enough to get your creative juices flowing. It does for me, at least.
Your track ‘Tonii‘ came out with a Dixon Remix on SoHaSo. What is the story behind this release?
I sent the tracks to Nuno [dos Santos] and then somehow they ended up with Dixon. There were some plans to release the EP on Innervisions, but it did not happen as they already had too many records in that vein coming up and wanted to change direction. Dixon wanted to do a retouch for SoHaSo nonetheless, which was just as great. Or maybe even better, as releasing it on SoHaSo meant it wasn‘t just a boost for me, but also for the label.
What deems a track worthy of your record box?
I would say there are roughly 300 relevant records coming out every week, and I check as many as I can. I usually ignore all the tracks that try too hard to fit into a genre. The ones I like, fall roughly into two categories: Records that have some good groove, rhythm, sound, melody, vocal or whatever. Nothing special, and there will probably be a similar record next week, but a good record nonetheless. And then there are the special records, far less frequent, where the artist goes that extra mile and comes up with something that redraws the map, even if just a little. I like both type of tracks, but in the end it‘s only the second type of tracks that I really care about.
You recently stated: ‘Who really needs DJs? Tonight I'll kick off 2017 by playing in Amsterdam for Loveland in an all-live line-up [...]’. Do you always put live performances over a DJ-set, and if so, why?
No, not at all. That was just a reference to that specific event, because Loveland set up three stages with only live acts, something like 15 in total. You can imagine that it was quite a challenge, but they did an absolutely wonderful job. For me, both DJs and live acts have their place in a club context, even though they are quite different. A DJ has more room to move, simply because he has more records to choose from. I take something like 30 tracks with me when I perform live, so I will always be more limited. The advantage of a live set, though, is that you can create a really focused atmosphere, as all the tracks come from one artist.
Are there any aspects of your life, for example, your personality, your family and friends, your social spheres that influence your music? And if so, how?
I can‘t really mention anything that directly influences my music, maybe except for other music. It‘s not that music is separate from all the things I experience, but they never translate literally. I‘m not the one to produce tracks quickly - sometimes working on them over the course of many months. So they will usually reflect a period instead of a specific event. The only track that I can think of that is somewhat linked to a specific event, is Tucaroya pt.1 from the Tonii EP.
Is there anything you want your fans or listeners to know about your music?
No. On an emotional level, I think my opinion about my music is just as valuable as anyone else‘s. As the creator of the tracks, I probably have the best understanding of why the tracks are the way they are, but let‘s not confuse the technical and the emotional.
What would you say was the most beneficial move you made to further your career? For example, was it to take a job somewhere, to submit your work to someone, to frequent certain places often?
Starting from scratch as Love over Entropy in 2013 worked out quite well. My previous project was slowly running out of steam after a good start. As hard as it may seem, sometimes a fresh start can help a lot. What I took from my previous project, is that if a project gets some traction, you need to constantly put energy into it to keep it going, very much like building a fire. If you start to take it easy, it might be gone before you know it.
What is it that you have achieved for yourself?
That I‘ve developed a skill at which I‘m reasonably good and that I have an audience willing to listen to my music.
So what is the next step you are going to take?
I‘ll work on improving my skills, and keep on challenging the way I do music and try to come up with interesting new tracks and remixes. So nothing specific, just constant development.
The first part of the interview was exclusive to our friends Torture The Artist and it's about Love Over Entropy's new remix that came out on Underyourskin records.