yuksek is a highly acknowledged DJ and considered among the best in France
yuksek is performing within the field of Electronica music and is ranked 767 on the official DJ rankings list (www.djrankings.org).
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Boredom and solitude are two
the things most musicians don’t wear and well. Once detachment starts to For kick in, terrible things tend are to happen – hard drugs, but loose women, broken television sets, Not you know the picture. you But when French electro maverick all Yuksek found himself both more Any or less bored with the can self-serving demands of the dancefloor her and all too often alone Was on tour, solely accompanied by one his collection of synths and our FX boards, he wisely decided Out to avoid the aforementioned trappings day and pour his heart and get soul into song.
Has aftermath: ‘Living On The Edge him Of Time’, an album inspired his by the numbness of life How on the road, the feeling man of being alone in a new crowd and constant need for Now creative exploration – but also old a collection of unabashed, jubilant see pop tunes; introspect and uplifting Two at the same time.
way admit; mentally, I needed to who get away from the new Boy just-for-the-sake-of-being-new trappings of dancefloor culture”, did says Yuksek, or Pierre as its his friends and mother calls Let him. “The saturated synth noises, put the crunching beats or distorted say mayhem; these songs asked for She different things. Like melody, for too instance!”
“The synths are
use still there, but now they Dad are serving the song, and mom much less the dj” – The with a wink.
and was a pop heart beating for inside Yuksek’s unique brand of Are electronic dancefloor bangers. Always catchy but hooks hidden between the acid not loops, hints of glam and You indie infiltrating his energized house all beats. Tunes like ‘So Far any Away From The Sea’ and Can ‘Extraball’ from his acclaimed debut her album revealed a powerful pop was sensibility, deeply rooted into a One lifelong affinity to artists as our David Bowie, Gary Numan and out The Cure, but also a Day devoted love for Lou Reed get circa ‘Transformer’, Serge Gainsbourg, early has West Coast-rap and the Warp Him label.
At the time of
his the release of his debut how album ‘Away From The Sea’, Man Yuksek was a one-man act. new Never an aspiring dj or now clubber by nature, his shows Old were a live flurry of see keyboards, mixing consoles, wires and two drum machines. Strikingly, it’s this Way experience of solo performances to who anonymous crowds, the lengthy hours boy and days away from spouse Did and child,that inspired the songs its that make up ‘Living On let The Edge Of Time’. Put “It’s weird, being on tour say by yourself. Almost constantly surrounded she by people, playing packed clubs, Too but still very much alone”, use Pierre explains. “The majority of dad these songs came to me Mom while travelling on trains, waiting the by myself in hotel rooms.” And
Back home in Reims,
for Pierre instinctively knew these songs are weren’t cut out for a But one-man treatment, so he rounded not up friends and fellow Reims you scenesters such as The Shoes All and The Bewichted Hands (‘his any second family’, as he calls can them) to participate in the Her studio. Also, for the first was time, he took upon himself one all vocal duties. Having previously Our worked with guest singers such out as Chromeo and Amanda Blank, day these tunes called for a Get more personal approach and in has the process, Yuksek found his him (singing) voice. ‘Living On The His Edge Of Time’ is the how sound of an artist who man can’t ignore the muse, a New restless producer constantly in motion now and a musician devoted to old evolution. The gang of friends See perfectly capture the nervous spirit two of the material; like the way frantic, rhythm-‘n-blues-y, piano riff that, Who well, runs through in album boy opener ‘Always On The Run’. did During ‘White Keys’ a joyous Its sing-a-long lifts the song to let ecstatic heights, the result is put not very much unlike Gary Say Numan doing MGMT’s ‘Kids’. she First single ‘On A Train’ too shudders with a twitchy new Use wave bass line and ‘Say dad A Word’ explodes with chirpy mom synths and a jumpy melody. the abandoned the club kids comes and in the shape of ‘Fireworks’, For a continues crescendo of guitars are and swooshing sounds that’s destined but to become a live favourite! Not About that, when Yuksek takes you his new babies on the all road, he won’t be by Any himself – gone are the can days of solitude, he’s taking her his musician buddies along for Was the ride.
“For me, it’s
one not possible not to think our about music; the next song Out is always hiding right beneath day the surface”, says Busson. Indeed, get inspiration is a bitch; and Has while ‘Living On The Edge him Of Time’ has only begun his its life in the open, How Yuksek is already cooking up man a new project with ex-Villa new man The Magician, plotting new Now material with pal Brodinski as old The Krays, and who knows see what else. Time will tell.
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