Interview on sirona the june 28 2013
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How and when did you start music?
First thing is that in my childhood I discovered Miles Davis secretly with the OST of “l’ascenseur pour l’échafaud”. I saw “West side story” and loved songs like the sharks and almost all the soundtrack. It was the gold time of vynil and standing in front of the turn table froze the time for many afternoon listening “Pierre et le loup ” and some others like “The beautifull sleeping” (La belle au bois dormant”. Then some years after during the summer holidays came in France the mondial hit “Isn’t she lovely” by Magic Stevie”.
The first electronic popular “Popcorn” song was turning on the radio 24/7 . The movie “Saturday night fever” came out few times after and the OST turned in loop in my bedroom. Time after time music became my favorite escape from real world. My father noticed I wasn’t doing my homework and so he decided to make music forbidden for me. This was a big mistake. What can be more attractive than forbidden things?
It’s time after time and also because of some pretty sad events that my need of a way to escape from reality grows and that music took a main place in all my teenager life. I made the army and it was already years I was more or less in adult life when one day a friend of mine came to my place with a strange wooden box that looked like a coffin cuted in two. Inside was an old saxophone with a double octave key. At this time I was a big fan of the movie “Around midnight” from Bertrand Tavernier.
It’s how music came to my life, late but deeply, suddenly, passionately. I never got a lesson, never learned nothing more than playing on my own and my best point was leaving my soul singing freely.
You’re a multi-instrumentalist ! Do you have actually one you love to play more than the others ?
I use to play in a “street”, hours and hours .Saxophone is a very physical instrument. Breath ,mouth muscles are hardly working. Few years after I started this monophonic instrument I felt some “frustration” not to have a way to build up harmony. At this time I got a keyboard from KORG. This changes my life definitively.
I started to explore my inside music, my vision of the beats and how songs could sound for me to play freely on my own. So it’s not properly an instrument that I like to play more than another. I’d say that my greatest pleasure is to use tools as the piano to build up songs. I use also flutes and little accessories .. but the most enjoyable is adding time after time sounds after sounds and then feeling the sympathy of the blended frequencies. Giving a thin identity to a tinny detail at a very precise moment in a song is what I enjoy mostly.
How do you record your music? Do you have some particular rituals? Do you love some ambiences for that?
Several things push me to create a new athmosphere before it’s properly a song. It happens many times that I’m outside and a sensation grows in me with words and abstract colors and images. I try to keep this deep feeling and I stick my reflection to a tempo as an introspective monologue soliloquely. I leave free my mind till I come home and turn on the machines to record … I set the tempo and I listen what’s remains of the previews feelings I got as a kind of inside meditative mantra.
I sing a little some simple melody and with a basic piano sound I leave my instinct flow around the tempo clic. Here are the roots of a song. The most disturbing ritual I have is my need of switching places furnitures and my Home studio set. It refreshes my motivation and gives me a sensation of being brend new. I can then really feel my imagination totally restaured and ideas come without a will Most of the time it’s only after a bunch of works failed or succeeded that I chose or not to put saxophone or any other accessories. I am not searching to make a proper structure to welcome a chorus or anything. I search silences that give the spaces for the sounds. each void is for me more important in a song than all other sounds. A silence is a sound itself … it’s the most important note that fit in all harmony. When harmony doesn’t show up on instrument I sing gently something and it’s how I find out the missing things. That’s it I guess.
I know you have worked very hard on your new release, “The Last Door”, could you speak to us about it?
Sure I will…! lol It happens like that… After I produced Just words LP of 20 tracks and the minimal beat version of the song “No soul man “initially released in the LP Gorgeous sins more and more people asked me to sing songs. I was already planning something in my mind… another project. Deep in my love stories background I felt to say something about it. I seated down in a table and wrote few words. I picked up a free royalties drum beat on the web and started to play a piano on it. Actually the beat has never been used but it doen’t matter I draw a bass line over it and started to sing the few words about the girl next door in a building that is the main line of the album… doors . Then came out details and gentle sounds to make it a little more fashion. The song was talking about those women you cross and you imagine only all that can be imaginable. I released it like a kind of joke .. three chords .. few words .. just a little glamour fantasy. People liked it very much… even too much. They asked what is it about .. album .. EP what is it?
Next day I took my pen and wrote something else .. I made a song on it and people asked the same.. What is it about .. is it an album…? And so I made an other and an other .. till I got 13 songs made the same way. Songs are done very very very simply… 1 minute to write the lyrics and a full day for the composition that must keep the same chords transposed are whatever. It’s an easy way but… using a structure of 3 chords for all songs even transposed .. it’s not that easy. So,I realized the songs one after the other till I got a proper album.
Something was wrong in it? very wrong.. a shame in fact. First I didn’t know what But in a car I’ve seen it… The sound was low and weak. So so so weak. I decided to ask around .. Why my sound is that weak compared to some other stuff…? here start something very very bad …I’ll share all I can about this to help other not to be in this kind of situation . So “kez le zek” sent me something about mastering. Here are the tutorials. It’s on Fl studio but it doen’t mater it’s all good for sounds understanding.
Here is a link of a Youtube chanel http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL92F1F8DE5346D05F
I used part of the theory about mixing and mastering. Tools and skills teached in this are absolutely essential and even if I’m not working with FL studio I got no trouble to apply it on my own system. This knowledge needs a lot of practice and after it you can really get a better sound even with home made songs. The Physical CD is now ready and it’s gone to be a very important step for me after months of work on it. As usual since 6 albums the art work is home made in collaboration with Annamundi.
If you could work with 3 famous artists (dead people accepted) who would it be?
Actually I wouldn’t work with any famous musician but I’d prefere to observe them during a recording session. About this I’d chose Peter Gabriel, David Bowie and The dead can dance, Robert Frip and Bobby Mc ferrin for the instinctive universality of what they shares in them way to do things.
They have a long experience, they work with incredible skilled virtuoses and they are able to blend many things with an unlimited imagination for what I know of their work.
If you should describe your own sound, what would you say?
This is maybe the question I feel uneasy with. Maybe not the easiest music to listen even it’s mostly simple structures. It’s quiet oldschool but have no proper style that could put it in a guetto. It’s often very soft and surely not the funiest music ever. It’s also intimate and introspective I guess. I don’t search to be fashion at all. I try to do some elegant sound with space inside that leave to the audience the time to feel and reach it .
It’s not a music that rises and blows out as a bigband can do. There is not much virtuosity in it but it’s mostly because the jazzy color I put inside are not there to make the show but to draw a rainbow of emotions. I used to make long long songs and it’s a mistake in 2013. People switch very fast to the next page … An intro of more that 5/7 seconds is a guaranty to loose 65 % of the listeners. If there is a tag for the sound I do it might be delicate or details. It’s a blend of sincerity and research.
What are your projects for the rest of the future?
Being involved in visual project as it always been. Making visual on my own . Organizing better my release. And trying to stick to the concept of my next album. It’s not that easy when isolated you must break the need to share what you are doing. I would like to come back with a full album that nobody heared about before. visuals nobody seen before .. I’d like to see if it’s changing something. Make another side project to spread a different side of my creativity Staying motivated to save some money and buy more material as a tenor sax .
Last words are yours!
If you make one choice think about it everyday. make it your life. whatever is your passion live it fully. Don’t waste your time on a wrong decision. And do your best. Don’t smile to people if it’s a lie. Be true!
Article and interview by the blog Le monde tournée ondulé the June 24 2013
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Huge largest review for my album The last door on the review blog Yeah I know it sucks the june 25 2013
Artist: Hu Creix
Title: The Last Door
Keywords: Electronic, Trip Hop, Downtempo, Easy Listening, Electro, Pop
Reviewer: Alex Spalding
About the artwork front cover
The white silhouette of a face appears from out of a creamy, eggshell-toned background and stares down at the album title for Hu Creix’ The Last Door. I was trying to figure out why this should occur in the album art and then I realized… if we were to take the print literally as shown, it would be The Last Dooor. Dooooooor! *cough* Excuse me, I couldn’t help yelling just then. The face must have realized this as well, and now, as if this were a Greek tragedy, has been frozen, will forever be doomed to wistfully gaze upon the typo. For a grammar “nazi”, this would be like… the 9th circle of hell. Let us take a moment of silence before moving on…
About the album itself
I was having this strange dream last night. In the dream, a person from my day job who I rarely ever speak with was telling me something, it was almost like a story. He was laughing, but the general mood surrounding the situation was that all of what was being said was of some critical importance. Naturally, I forgot every single bit of it, can’t even recall the general topic. That’s such the opposite of me in waking life, forgetting things that people have told me. But, this is what happens when you are jarred awake mid-dream and go back to sleep afterward. Perhaps… he was telling me that I really needed to write a review of The Last Door, by Hu Creix, which is what I’m about to do right now. I’ll have to find him in dreamland later to ask him.
This album is interesting in several regards. Each track comes with artwork with a lyric printed on it, which I will link to for each. I love that, because I’m a big fan of having a picture to look at while listening to music usually, as you may have been able to tell from the fact that I tend to write stuff for the album art on everything I review. This is probably some vestige from when I used to buy albums all the time and just lay around staring at the inserts or album while intently listening to the music. Anyway, the lyrics were also each written in one minute by the artist, who decided that each track would follow the exact same chord structure and that they would be mastered in post. This is the result:
First we have ‘At The Last Door’, which begins with a sonar-sounding percussive blast of noise echoing out into what sounds like a lobit and heavily textural atmosphere. Deep, submarine chords come in, synthetic buzzes floating, and then some lovely piano. By the time the vocals come on I’m feeling that this is some seriously beautiful music, gorgeous really. So much depth and lots of interesting frequencies batting around. Beautiful dissonance. This is definitely, for me, a pinnacle in laying on the floor late at night while listening to music type of music. Something that might strike you suddenly in the heart at the right time or place. Ultra-melancholy.
After that is ‘Addict’, and it’s like… before I’ve even put it on, with the first track having just ended, I’m thinking I’m going to be swept over by this one. The unique image for it is really nice, and works supremely with the mood of the piece. Vocal-bits, cut up and sequenced into something melodic, low bass rumbles, stabs of synths, piano, minimal and micro-electro rhythm. Very lovely, and the vocals are so great, strangely kind of reminding me of some of my old favourite wave artists from the 1980s, the closest I can think of at the moment maybe a slight bit Martin Dupont or Paul Haig or something, it’s hard to tell, which is not to say that the vocals are not unique because they certainly are. There’s a brilliant, deep-set and spacy electro vibe to this music. The way the vocals move with/against/as part of the music also almost kind of reminds me of Funkstörung.
‘The Fool’ takes us further into the strange soundscapes, sounding at first like a carnivalesque time warp, followed by choirs, a jazzy shuffling rhythm, vocals, a bit of bassy vocal mimicking upright bass. It sucks you in. The small touches of synth here and there are really well done, like flourishes that accentuate the whole. The piano at the end is really nice!
Next comes ‘Bursted Bubble’, a bass bump and vocals follow hot on its heels. Like an alien sort of dark cabaret or bossa nova groove, with — OH — saxophone upping the ante. Piano chords, strange effects… there’s something to the spoken word and absolutely wild electronic noises that is sort of beatnik, Burroughsian particularly. Downtempo depression for the collapsed economy.
‘The Perfect Slow Motion’ probably has my favourite accompanying art! It creeps in with a somber string pad, then the soft vocals come in. Piano minimally evokes a mood of desolation beyond time or insomnia. This album uses mix space very effectively. Listening, the sounds used are often very minimal and yet everything sounds so full, spacious. Very soon we hear saxophone, after my own heart! A jittery breakbeat comes in, dropping out at regular intervals as feedback and sax fills the gaps.
On ‘I Love Love’ we learn to love again with serene piano, a nice downtempo breakbeat groove, more really nice vocals and lovely love synths under modulating filters! I hear flute at one point, so nice.
Now we find ourselves ‘On The Sidewalk Of Destiny’… it was clearly our destiny to end up here. A bass hit, some drone vibes, traces of piano, reverberating vocals, lovely and subtle melodic structure. The electro groove is nice, it sounds as if it has a bit of swing to it. There are what sound like birds speaking under phaser effects! Ends with what sound like synth string chords being bent out of shape!
Then it’s ‘No Ugliness’. Dark, chasmic rumbles… a cello… the vocals ring out in the space with piano. Just before the groove came in I had been thinking about how the music had almost a Dead Can Dance feel. There’s a bit of organ that comes in as well, very nice. I really liked this track!
Afterward is the sign that we are ‘Outrageously Alive’, that we hear such wonderful music as this… saxophone goes off in my ear, followed by some backward sounds and then a gritty, heavily electronic-effected beats. Loving this track so far!!! This is probably my favourite piece of music on this album. I love the playful bassline, the vocals, the wind instrumentation, the strange electronic groove, the strange electronics generally. Perfect. This is something I wanna walk around town to. Everything about this track is on. Funky, really cool.
Then there is a track called ‘The Right Line’, which begins in a very sweet manner with string orchestration and piano. Then there’s a bit of a percussive thing that happens, explodes out and fades away. The vocals come in, and after awhile a TR-808 type electro groove plays through.
With ’12 Sights’ we hear a ride cymbal, some congas, then piano. Really enjoying the vibe of this track. The vocals are almost like a foggy choir at first, the sax is like the lifesound of a city at night. Warbling bass frequencies lay underneath, then a distorted slight break comes in. This track is really great, a mood like a soul hidden behind tinted glass reflecting neon as it passes the streets.
Next is ‘Duplicity’, in which a loud ride crash rings out, replaced by UFO frequencies and some science fiction vocals! An electroLatin groove comes on, pulled in by the tractor beam. Low bassline and subtle, distorted mid-range tones, so nice! I’m loving the resonant, filtered wah chord sound too.
‘A Mist Of Silk’ ends this fantastic album with some really nice, gritty electronic sounds that still manage a strange spaciness that is difficult to describe. Sci-fi sounds seem to echo out into that space, when a bassline emerges. Then I hear a minimal electro beat and the vocals come in.
What a trip! This was a very unusual, heartfelt and immensely enjoyable album, highly experimental and artfully put together. I dropped a lot of band/artist names in the review, but of course those can be ignored, they won’t put you too much closer to an actual description of the sounds you will hear upon clicking play. I have to suggest you get a copy of it, just because it is so good. To survive or to thrive… the starving artist lives at the behest of those for whom their work is meant to benefit. It can be found at the link below:
Hu Creix june 2013
Une chanson jouée au piano.
Cela aurait pu être le début d’un roman, c’est le tournant de la vie d’Hu Creix.
Nous assistons au premier jour du reste de sa vie, ce jour inoubliable dont on se nourrit au fil des années, symbole marquant d’un tournant proche de la naissance en soi.
Pour nous faire partager ce moment là avec lui une chanson enregistrée sur un vieux dictaphone, dans un atelier de restauration de piano ancien, que j’aime m’imaginer dans un vieux style baroque.
Un moment qui signera un tournant dans sa vie. Il en restera un formidable morceau rempli d’une profonde tristesse, d’une grande force, qui nous porte au fil d’un piano possédé, nous amenant à une poésie mélodique de l’âme.
Un mois de piano, ne sachant pas faire une gamme de Do … Mais il a su créer au delà d’une mélodie à la si belle histoire, un rêve.
” Comment je suis mort ” à écouter sur archive.org
A song played on the piano.
This could be the beginning of a novel, this is the turning point in the life of Hu Creix.
We are witnessing the first day of the rest of his life, that unforgettable day on which feeds over the years, a symbol marking a turning point close to the birth itself.
For us to share this moment with a song recorded on an old tape recorder in a restoration of old piano, I like to imagine myself in an old baroque style.
A sign that a turning point in his life. It remains a great song filled with a deep sadness, a great strength that carries us over a piano owned, leading us to a melodic poetry of the soul.
A month of piano, not knowing how a range of Do … But he created beyond a melody so beautiful story, a dream.
“How I’m dead” to listen to archive.org
Suivre l’évolution et l’écoute sur le Blog de Hu Creix ICI
Monitor developments and listening on the blog Hu Creix HERE
● Bonjour, pour commencer d’où te vient ton nom Hu Creix?
Mon nom d’artiste est constitué des noms de mes deux grand-mères.
C’est un hommage a l’amour qu’elles pouvaient donner à leurs manières.
J’aimais beaucoup les avoir dans ma vie.
Elisabeth HU est partie il y a longtemps.
Marthe Creix, elle, a quitté ce monde il y a quelques année.
● Hello, to start where did you get your name Hu Creix ?
My artist name is composed of the names of my two grandmothers.
It is a tribute to the love they could give their ways.
I loved having them in my life.
Elisabeth HU left long ago.
Martha Creix, she left this world a few years ago.
● Parlez-nous de vous, quels est votre parcours ?
J’ai commencé la musique il y a des années tout a fait par hasard.
Je suis autodidacte.
Je joue du saxophone qui est l’instrument par lequel j’ai commencé. Et puis je tripote le piano et les claviers.
● Tell us about you, what is your background ?
I started playing music years ago quite by accident.
I am self-taught.
I play the saxophone is the instrument through which I started. And then I fiddle piano and keyboards.
● Qui vous a influencé ?
Personne en particulier.
J’aime beaucoup de style.
Je ne voudrais pas me mettre en situation d’avoir une icone X ou Y.
● Who has influenced you ?
I love style.
I would not put myself in a position to have an icon X or Y.
● Qu’est ce qui à déclenché cet envie de faire ce métier ?
J’ai été dé-sociabilisé parce que je nourrissais une passion pour la musique et que je ne pouvais faire deux choses à la fois.
Je suis arrivé à la musique de rue et puis quelques années plus tard … j’ai réussis à élargir mon activité.
● What has triggered this desire to do this job ?
I was de-socialized because I harbored a passion for music and I could not do two things at once.
I got to the street music, and then a few years later … I managed to expand my business.
● Avez-vous été influencé par votre milieu ?
En aucune manière .. mon père dans sa prime jeunesse a touché des instruments, mais il interdisait la musique a la maison .. enfin a sa manière.
● Have you been influenced by your environment?
In no way .. my father in his youth touched instruments, but he forbade music at home .. finally has his way.
● Pouvez-vous nous citer différentes activités que vous pratiquez dans le cadre de votre métier ?
J’écris ,je pense, je projette, je regarde, je partage et surtout je doute.
● Can you give us different activities you do in your job?
I write, I think, I plan, I look, I agree and I especially doubt.
● Est-ce votre métier ou une activité annexe ?
Je n’ai pas d’activité annexe .. je ne gagne rien et c’est un miracle si je suis encore en vie sans un sous. Heureusement j’y crois.
● Is this your business or sideline?
I do not have a sideline .. I gain nothing and it’s a miracle I’m still alive without a sub. Fortunately I believe.
● Quel style de photos, peintures… aimez-vous faire ?
Je suis zicos mais je conçois les pochettes de mes albums
peu de couleurs .. graphisme épuré .. sensualité discrète.
Pas d’abstrait sauf si je ne sais pas quoi mettre.
● What kind of photos, paintings … like you do?
I am a musician although I understand the covers of my albums
few colors .. clean graphics .. discreet sensuality.
No abstract unless I do not know what to put.
● Les idées viennent elles de vous ou d’inspiration connexe ?
Si pour exemple on regarde comme j’ai composé mon dernier album
Je vais dans les champs .. Je pense un peu
Je reviens chez moi et en une minute j’écris un texte de quelques lignes rythmiques.
Ensuite autour de ça je mets en place un produit sonore issu de mes capacités de musicien.
● The ideas they come to you or related inspiration?
If for example it looks like I made my last album
I’m in the field .. I think a little
I return home and in a minute I write a text of some rhythmic lines.
Then around that I put in place a sound product of my abilities as a musician.
● Quels sont les avantages et les inconvénients ?
Etre ce que je veux être et ne pas être ce que les autres veulent.
(ma réponse vaut pour les deux questions)
● What are the advantages and disadvantages ?
Being that I want to be and not what others want.
(my answer applies to both questions)
● Un artiste que vous appréciez de par son évolution et sa carrière ?
Trop de gens on fais de belles choses.
Ce que je respect c’est celui qui ne ment pas et qui admet quand il fait quelque chose pour manger, mais qui est capable de refaire ce en quoi il croit.
● An artist that you like by its development and career ?
Too many people are doing great things.
What I respect is the one who does not lie and admits when he does something to eat, but is able to repeat that in which he believes.
● Avez-vous des anecdotes à nous faire partager ?
Oui une qui est sympa !
J’avais été agressé dans la rue en sortant de mon travail pour me voler mon saxophone.
Je suis rentré chez moi sans mon instrument de travail, et tout ” cabossé “.
J’ai été le lendemain, Boulevard Beaumarchais, essayer de trouver une solution pour avoir un saxophone.
Le patron de Quintet Music m’a vendu pour trois bouchées de pain un saxophone d’exception.
Je suis allé l’essayer a la station “ART ET MÉTIER et après quelques heures a joué en me retournant il y avait un briquet zippo posé a mes pieds et quelques argents.. j’ai toujours ce briquet.
● Do you have any anecdotes to share with us?
Yes one is nice!
I was attacked in the street by leaving my job to steal my saxophone.
I went home without my working tool, and all “dented”.
I was the next day, Boulevard Beaumarchais, try to find a solution for a saxophone.
Boss Quintet Music has sold me three pieces of bread a saxophone exception.
I went to the station to try “ART AND CRAFT and after a few hours played when I turned there was a zippo lighter laid at my feet and some monies .. I still have this lighter.
● Comment peut-on se renouveler dans un métier “Artistique” ?
En laissant chanter son âme .. cette petite flamme qui est en soit et qui guide la fraîcheur.
Ne pas repenser a ce qu’on a déjà fait mais a ce qu’on a pas encore fait.
Ne pas essayer de copier les autres mais les admirer et les respecter
Faire des erreurs en tant qu’humain.
C’est l’enseignement de Cyrulnic qui m’apprend cette force, à la tirer de mes douleurs.
● How can we renew in “Artistic” job ?
Leaving singing his soul .. this small flame that is either guide and freshness.
Do not rethink what we have already done but what we have not done yet.
Do not try to copy others but admire and respect
Making mistakes as a human.
This is the teaching of Cyrulnic that teaches me the strength to pull my pain.
● Utilisez-vous les nouvelles technologies ? Joue-t-elle un rôle important ?
J’enregistre tout mon travail en jouant “live” mes parties. la nouvelle technologie que j’utilise, c’est comme si j’avais un immense studio d’enregistrement.
Je travail sur ces moyens de réalisation depuis 91.
C’est primordial pour moi.
● Are you using new technologies? She plays an important role?
I record all my work playing “live” my parties. new technology that I use, it’s as if I had a huge recording studio.
I work on the means of implementation for 91.
It is important to me.
● Quelle est l’étape que vous préférez dans la réalisation ?
La réflexion, et le moment où je partage mon idée avec ceux que j’aime.
● What is the step that you want to achieve ?
Reflection, and when I share my idea with those I love.
● Quel est l’environnement idéal, pour vous, pour pouvoir bien exercer votre métier ?
● What is the ideal environment for you to be able to do your job well ?
● Est-il nécessaire de se faire connaître ? Pourquoi ?
Bien sûr .. sinon avoir des travaux qui se meurent dans un disque dur c’est triste et puis faut manger.
● Is it necessary to be aware of ? Why ?
Of course .. otherwise have jobs that are dying in a hard drive and then it’s sad to eat.
● Un message pour les jeunes qui aimeraient débuter en tant qu’Artiste ?
Essayez et donnez tout sans restriction mais ne mettez jamais votre sécurité matérielle en danger .. démarchez .. frappez aux portes tant que vous en avez la force et la conviction.
● A message to young people who would like to start as an Artist?
Try and give everything without restriction, but never put your physical safety at risk .. Tout .. knock on doors as you have the strength and conviction.
Voici son dernier Album en écoute libre, profites en.
Here is his latest albums free listening, enjoy in.
Un artiste aussi attachant, qui travaille dans une total autonomie, accompagné, pour l’élaboration de ses pochettes, par sa compagne Anna Mancuso.
Pour suivre Hu Creix n’oubliez pas son blog Ici où vous retrouverez son tout dernier album et bien plus encore.
Bonne découverte à tous, et faites attention on en revient pas indemne.
Such an endearing artist, who works in total autonomy, accompanied for the development of his pockets, by his wife Anna Mancuso.
To follow Hu Creix remember her blog HERE where you will find his latest album and more.
Good discovery at all, and we pay attention not return unscathed.