DV8 picked EOLE’s brain to uncover his sonic secrets

Eole (musical moniker of Maxence Janvrin) released his enchanting two-track EP, From Yesterday Until Tomorrow, on the 27th October 2023 via Enchanté Records. Taking inspiration from current artists like Fred Again…, Sammy Virji and Kaytranada, Eole is looking to breathe life into the French house scene with his captivating production style. Blazing a furious trail for the young artist, his focus track, ‘Until Tomorrow’, first featured on the Deep House Sweden Soundcloud playlist.

Walk us through your creative process?

I work mainly digitally on logic pro X with VSTs and specific plugins. My creative technique is rather random depending on the type of music I want to create, but overall I always have the same structural process. I always start a new project in a quantitative way, creating as many musical tracks as possible according to my inspiration at the time, so as to have as many choices as possible and, above all, so as not to forget my different ideas. Having a choice means I’m not limited to just one possibility, it’s a bit like brainstorming a project on a giant sheet of paper. From these created tracks, I often tend to look for those that can become the main melodies or I can also be focus on the drum elements to impose a specific groove on myself and not go off in all directions, the aim being to restore a little order to all these ideas. Thanks to this process, I’m freed from the frustration of running out of inspiration and can optimize my creative time.

What has been the most defining moment of your musical career?

I always had the idea of making music in the back of my mind from a very young age, it was the only environment where I felt legitimate. I was a very studious student until I became a committed engineer, a committed senior executive, but above all I had this imposter syndrome that arose, I didn’t understand how I could claim to be different in an environment where everyone tries to be the same, in a societal framework where the formatting of minds is almost omnipresent. I think one of the triggers was when, at the age of 18, I was contacted by The Mill agency to work with them on the musical direction of their future advertising campaigns. Of course, my parents refused to let me go to the United States because they preferred my studies to my music, telling me that there were only 2 Daft Punk artists for every 6 billion people on earth, but it had been the most defining moment of my music career, i knew at this moment that I might focus on music. Nevertheless, I realized that if I could interest such important companies at that age, then I would be more legitimate as an artist and my future would undeniably be more exciting if I followed this path. I clearly don’t regret my choice, given the results of the last 15 years.

What equipment or software are you using the most?

I use a lot of elements to create, in hardware I have 2 big keyboards, a 48-key Komplete Control and an 88-key FATAR Komplete Control to perfect my melodies, I also use a lot my Seaboard Block from Roli thanks to its MPE system which is incredible to create life in your melodies. I also use iconic controllers such as the Roland TR-8S to work on my drums, and the Neova ring from Enhancia to create stunning live sound effects. To fully refine the clarity of my music, I use my Adam A7V speakers coupled with my Apollo Twin X sound card from Universal Audio, which ensures very low sound latency. Finally, in terms of software, I have a huge number of VSTs and plugins that I use as and when required, depending on the project: Native Instruments Kontakt, DIVA, Serum, FabFilter, ShaperBox3, UAD Suite, Oeksound Sooth2 and Spiff, Izotope Ozone, Soundtoys etc.

Whats your performance setup looking like?

ATM I’m using my Pioneer CDJs for DJ Set and I’m adding sometimes my Roland TR8S and my Neova Ring for live performance 🙂

Who are your biggest inspirations at the moment?

At the moment I have a soft spot for the old Bossanova with artists like Joao and Astrud Gilberto or I’m listening a lot of “Liminal / Back Rooms” music, otherwise I always listen to a lot of US and French hip-hop like the latest Freeze Corleone album or Post Malone’s “Austin” album which fascinated me. Otherwise, of course, I still have my daily UKG / UKHouse playlist with favorite artists like Fred Again, Sammy Virji or Conducta.

Whats your favourite way to pass the time? Any hobbies?

I do other artistic activities such as Stable Diffusion Art and play video games a lot. I’m a big fan of Souls like Elden Ring or JRPGs and RPGs like Final Fantasy.

Whats next for you as an artist?

In terms of promotional collaboration, I have three big campaigns with JBL scheduled for late 2023 and early 2024 that will showcase my musical project. I have a new short film to compose music for in October and I finally plan to release a new single between the end of the year and February, so a lot of work for these next months !

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