Forrest, alias Donna Summer, c'est le bon pote de la bande. Son
récent album, "This needs to be your style", sorti
sur les labels Irritant Records et Toolbox, l'a érigé
en véritable Diva du breakcore grand guignol. Ses constructions
à base de samples de disco et de cock rock déchirées
initient d'improbables mariages entre le plunderphonic et la bastonnade
dancefloor. Freaky beats, sampladelia en pantalon moulant, disco
mutante, voici du vandalisme digital rigolard et festif. Alors que
sa relative notoriété oblige Forrest à oublier
le pseudonyme qui lui va si bien, un nouvel album du new-yorkais
est annoncé pour avril prochain sur Sonig.
You recently made a European Tour. Did you enjoy it ? How is the
European audience compared to the American one ?
The US audiences
are much smaller and less prone to dance or even move at all. The
European audiences are usually pissing blood by the end of the shows
did the Donna Summer project come out ?
I started making music a few years ago, then started
sending out demos, then releasing albums. To be honest, I never
thought my music would have gone as far as it has!
Would you say that cock-rock is the genre that enlightened you as
a teenager ?
it was certainly there as a teenager, but I really became interested
in 60/70's rock in the past few years.
you think that the soul of Donna Summer (the real one) helps you
to have such a flamboyant presence on stage ?
Not sure about that. I think that the name
certainly helps to free me up a bit. It sort of naturally introduces
me to being a spectacle.
Is Donna Summer
deeply aimed at changing the rules of the world :) ? Or do you just
enjoy fucking up beats and anthological pop music songs ?
I'd say that I'm pretty serious and focused about it all, so more
the first than the second. My background is in contemporary art,
so I think that makes me over-analyze it n a way that some other
people don't (and I can see how this is both good and bad! HA!)
you say that you destroy the pop tracks or that you're giving them
a new birth ?
no irony. I sample stuff because Iove it. Maybe its not so much
as a new birth as it is hopefully a witty homage to the original.
released your first cd on a Japanese label (Omeko), how did you
get in touch with Broklyn Beats ?
live in the neighborhood. I met them at a party or a live show.
I was really interested to meet Doily first because I bought her
7" and realized that she did things very differently.
would you define the philosophy and way of working of Broklyn Beats
I am certainly in the Broklyn Beats family, I'd say that that I'd
be a cousin or an unkle. We have pretty different aims and agendas,
and aesthetics, but we're all good friends and have a bunch in common
seems to have a slight difference between the 7" releases on
Beats and your last album released on Irritant Records. I would
say that the Broklyn Beats tracks look more lo- fi; more adrenalinic
and more melodic as well, while "This Needs To be you Style"
is much more structured and arrhythmic at the same time. The quality
of the sound is more clean, more high-tech. Exclusive Laptop music.
As a former DJ don't you miss the material aspect of the wax junks
and mix tapes ?
I agree with you, the main Broklyn beats folks are more low-fi,
and in the past used to use a lot more hardware (drum machine, synths,
etc, where as I have always just used a computer.) I don't miss
mix tapes or anything! I but shitloads of old records! HA!
can't deny that at the moment there are a very few cutting-edge
artists on the electronic music panorama. Would you say that Broklyn
Beats (including Donna Summer of course) are creating some new codes
, like a new musical language or that they act much more as some
destroyers of the shallow-musical barriers of the moment ?
I think so! I certainly am trying my hardest to push what is possible,
and what expected from my music. The new Broklyn beats 12"s
that will be released very soon are all fantastic, and proves that
they are all trying to produce a new sort of aesthetic.
the Broklyn Beats crew fun or dull ?
told me that you love gardening. At the end it's what you enjoy
the most.. Do you take your inspiration from the mowing machine,
from planting seeds, or from watering flowers ?
It's just a good counter balance to all this computer geek stuff!
HA! It's really nice to watch things grow and to foster that growth,
I consider my garden to be full of friends.
selected discography :
Donna Summer This Needs to Be Your Style CD/LP (Irritant/Toolbox)
Donna Summer vs. Ove-Naxx 12" (Adaadat) www.adaadat.com
Donna Summer Fluxus Inc. (Tonschacht) www.tonschacht.com
Jason Forrest/Donnasummer The Unrelenting Songs Of The 1979 Post
Disco Crash (Sonig)
réalisée par Charlotte Lemaître.