French producer/DJ Harold Boué, aka Abstraxion, has been making music for nearly ten years. His organic, explorative brand of electronica has earned him accolades from some of the industry’s best, from Simian Mobile Disco to Erol Alkan. The follow-up project to his successful 2013 album, Break of Lights, Abstraxion’s latest offering is the four-track I Can’t EP, available December 8th, 2014 via HAKT Recordings. We sat down with Abstraxion for a quick chat about his musical influences, inspirations, and upcoming releases.
Wavo: What was the inspiration behind the I Can’t EP?
Abstraxion: My inspiration for the release came from life experiences. It may sound cliché, but my music is based on emotions – love, melancholia, and difficulties overcoming life problems.
Wavo: You’ve been producing for almost a decade – what has that been like?
Abstraxion: I released my first EP in 2005, and I’ve had the chance to release music on Biologic, Different, and Marketing, which has been great, and most recently, my album Break of Lights last year on both HAKT Recordings and Nicolas Jaar’s label, Other People.
Wavo: Who are some of your greatest musical influences?
Abstraxion: I would say Aphex Twin, Caribou, James Holden, and my father.
Wavo: How did you decide who to work with on the remixes for “Around Me”?
Abstraxion: I met Jake (Fairmont) in Barcelona, and I really liked his energy, and, of course, his music. We’ve kept in touch since that meeting, and felt that it would be interesting to remix each other’s tracks. I also really respect My Favourite Robot’s work, and felt that they would be the right ones to do a second remix of “Around Me”.
Wavo: Who are some of your favourite artists right now?
Abstraxion: I really like DJ Koze, John Talabot, Roman Flugel, Soundstream, and Barnt.
Wavo: How does it feel to have the support of some of the biggest names in electronic music?
Abstraxion: I’m really happy with the feedback I’ve received so far on the release of my album. I met both James Holden and James Ford from Simian Mobile Disco a few years ago, and I love the work that they have been doing, especially on their last albums. They also really influenced my creative process in the studio.
Wavo: Any upcoming projects you’d like to share?
Abstraxion: I’ve finished an EP with Kasper Bjørke that will be released next year on Biologic Records, and we’ll be touring for the label’s ten year anniversary around Europe. I’m also starting to work on my second album, so I hope to give you more news soon.
Stream Abstraxion’s I Can’t EP on Wavo below.