For this week’s episode of the FMB mixtape series, we welcome Julienne Dessagne aka Fantastic Twins; the Berlin-based French artist, producer, live performer and label owner (Microdosing). As usual we fired some questions over to find out a bit about the mix & what she’s been up to recently:
Mainly traveling for my live shows and in between working in the studio on lots of exciting projects – a soundtrack for contemporary dance, adding the last touches to my album, finishing an EP, and a new collaboration with Andrei Rusu (1/2 of the Khidja duo)… amongst other things.
The mix was recorded in my studio in Berlin. My focus has always been on producing music and performing live shows rather than DJing so I have learnt to find my own way of making mixes which isn’t exactly the standard DJ approach. I use mainly Ableton and some outboard effect units. After selecting the music and digitalising vinyls when needed, I put the tracks in a session and do quite a lot of editing, add some layers of my own recorded material or vocals here and there, process some bits through external effects, etc. My mix is ultimately an instinctive assembling of all that and some happy accidents. The idea behind the mix is hopefully to create emotion for the listeners. I personally don’t enjoy mixes that sound like a straight motorway from start to finish. I much prefer to be taken through highs, lows and unexpected turns. I approach mixes in a very similar way to my live sets. For this particular mix, I liked the idea of starting things on what sounds like the fading end of something else. And building anew from there, in full circle.
Some upcoming live shows this weekend in Paris, Prague, a Mexican tour in December, an endless list of projects to finish in the studio, and I’m also looking forward to diving into the visual / art direction research for my new album which will hopefully be released next year.