Franck Roger on "Surprising Music Lovers After 15 Years of Productions"

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Crossfade: How did you first get drawn to electronic dance music? Were you exposed to much of it while growing up in Paris?

Franck Roger: To live and grow up in Paris helps a lot to get into any kind of underground music scene -- depending which one you're into, of course. Back in the '90s, we had the Rex Club, which I used to go to, along with Le Queen. As a youngster, I used to go there very early, just to make sure they let me get in. I started to be in clubs every weekend, learn and see how the DJs used to play music: technically, the feelings, the karma behind the decks. Back in the day, you really had to know exactly every second of the tracks you would play, cause of no loops, no Serato or Traktor to help you to put two tracks together. That's how I learned -- the vinyl rules with two MK2s -- and it was great.

France didn't export much internationally popular music in past decades. But that changed with electronic dance music in the '90s -- from Daft Punk and "French touch", to the dance pop of Bob Sinclar and David Guetta, and underground house artists like yourself. Why do you think France excels so much at electronic dance music, while it hasn't in other styles of music like rock?

I'm pretty sure some underground rock groups from France exported themselves, but in an underground way. Regarding electronic music, we have this culture since the early '90s for sure. We grow up with this US influence: Daft Punk with some famous Chicago producers, Bob Sinclar with some NYC artists too -- we always have some models that we really cherish. Same for me. Electronic music became famous for us way before we called it electronic. We used to be good disco producers, very interested also in New Wave music, which was very popular in Europe. Maybe it's a mix between all of this that make us curious these days, and so prolific.

What does French touch mean to you? Do you think France has made a unique mark on house music?

Yeah, back in the '90s it was called the French touch. Today, we still got our sound, with Daft Punk's new album, etc. We still are, and always will be, in the music scene. I don't think we still got a typical French sound -- I think every French producer now, I mean big names, just wanna make music featuring famous singers, becoming more popular, getting into the stage of big US producers. I will not be surprised if I see a collaboration between Rihanna and Guetta. Today, electronic music is everywhere, even in hip hop and R&B. It's even hard to describe what is what today -- hip hop made with 909 drum machines, etc. No rules make music so interesting theses days.

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