Louis Brodinski is a French Dj, producer and entertainer. POST NEW interviewed this multitalented guy in Paris at le Palais Tokyo, to delve into his universe and discover what's coming up for Louis.
Karl Hab: Who’s Brodinski?
Louis Brodinski: It’s always hard to describe yourself - my real name is Louis, I’m 25. I’m a DJ, producer and “ENTERTAINER”. I've been in the business 5 years, my passion became my job and I recently created my label, aka BROMANCE. It’s a digital music label.
KH: What are your influences?
LB: My influences in general... I always try to do things that people do not really expect of me. I listen to a lot of rap from Memphis, Houston from about 10-15 years ago. A lot of stuff has changed now, new technologies. I do live in the digital world, I learnt to do my job from the online sphere. It’s a big influence for me.
KH: Best memory during a set?
LB: So many! My last one was at Tao for CALVI IN THE ROCKS 10th anniversary birthday and I Played for about 7 hours - it was a real blast. That was a good souvenir for this year.
KH: What are you listening right now?
LB: Right now, best of Raider Klan and the best of all the guys from Carol City and Miami from the last 3 years - there are about 46 songs! Hard. And the last album of Kendrick Lamar, which would be a reference I hope for him.
KH: Tell us more about BROMANCE.
LB: It was an idea for a long time. Roughly my influences are DJs like Ivan Smagghe, Andrew Weatheral, Ivan Lazarius, Erol Alkan, Boyz Noise, DJ Mehdi, Yuksek - all people who enormously influenced the way of seeing my job and Bromance. I always said to myself I want to find 3-4 artists to make a label with me. Meeting with GESAFFELSTEIN was rather crucial in this development of the creation of the label. Eventually the label was created with a second person, Manu Barron, who is my manager, and GESAFFELSTEIN who is third piece of the puzzle and also has his own label, ZONE I. It is going on one year in less than a month - a very beautiful year for us. A lot of people have understood our message and understood what we wanted to make, which is very virtuous! I am rather happy and satisfied with what I achieved and of what we were able to do all together on this beautiful story. I’m forgetting to quote a lot of people who were, a little more in the shadows, like Guillaume Berg of Rabbet Plane, Helena there who takes care of everything for us (marketing, communication, etc. and press) and a small dedication to CLUB CHEVAL, and Monsieur Monsieur who are on the label today as well as our section in Los Angeles who are LOUISAHHH!!! And Steve and Matty of Pipes. This part in L.A is a lever - Los Angeles is a big city, extremely different than Paris . Do you remember when you came to the Party in L.A you met Hassan? Hassan is our full time graphic designer, and we are making a collection of clothes with the brand The Hundreds which he designed. It is an advantage to have guys in Los Angeles, it allows us to be in two different places far apart and difficult to access (and the jetlag is huge).
KH: Is there a difference between your audience in Europe and USA?
LB: I would say that in Europe is a scattered place, we can have certain number of fans in France, UK, Belgium. In the US we have at once the US fans. Electronic music has become one of the most important businesses in 2012. We were able to put our small seed inside. And the fact of having spent some time there and to have on-the-spot people, it takes us out of the basic model of Franco-French label.
KH: Any future projects lined up?
LB: The EP of CLUB CHEVAL is out now on BROMANCE! (go to iTunes) and in the middle of December, a couple of things from me and GESAFFELSTEIN which will be accompanied with a video. A duet with the Dutch FABERYAYO, singer of PATTA’s Project (from the band LE LE) we have almost finished it, it’s coming…..
KH: Best spot in the world:
LB: I would say New York (besides the moment because of the hurricane). NYC it is the city which brings a great deal of thing and which gives a great deal of inspiration in any case for everything - the music, the food, and people. This is a city where the projects are growing up fast and it’s always good to spend time there. Los Angeles is really different without this constant motivation, as in Paris there is always something to do not so far from your home. The size of L.A. is not comparable to Paris, for a coffee you have to take your car.
KH: What motivates you every day?
LB: I learnt with time that the music was my favorite drug, and it was the only thing which motivated me. The rap brought me a lot of things, it adds value to almost everything I do. I am not really objective on what I listen, I always try to listen to music as much as possible.
Photographer - Karl Hab