Q&A: Kartell




5Ws :

1)Who are you?

My name is Thomas, I’m from Paris and I’m 25 years old.

2)What do you do?

I make music, help whenever I can on my label Roche Musique, I DJ on the week-end and I have a regular job during the week time.

3)Where do you often create/produce?

I produce mainly at my place. I have a desk in my living room and the basic tools to make music. I also draft ideas on trains and planes when I’m traveling.

4) When?

In the evening or at night. I need to feel I have a lot of time ahead of me, otherwise the timing pressure makes me unproductive.

5)Why do you play music?

This is actually a hard one. I guess I play music because I like the feeling of bringing abstract ideas to life. And because it’s really fun too.

1)Which track defines you the most?

Maybe “Anthony Valadaez – Under Water ft. Mar (Full Crate Remix)”.

2)Any track of the moment?

I had “Aden – Whip” on heavy rotation last week.

3)What influences your work?

What influences me for the most part is hip-hop and nu-soul. But I’m also a house and disco lover, so a lot of genres comes into my mind when I start a new track. I never really know what’s going to come out since I try to use different background. Beyond music, I would say a good picture is the best influence you can get when it instantly speaks to you and reveal a feeling.

4)Do you consider yourself as an Artist? If so, why? 

I’m not sure about that term. Claiming yourself to be an artist or not doesn’t change what you do nor makes you better.

5)What’s your academic background? Are you an autodidact? 

I took a few classes : 6 month of drums and 3 month of guitar. But I still suck at playing real instrument and I wasn’t expecting much from it. So yes I’m an autodidact.

6)Favorite designer?

I’m not really a ‘design’ guy, I like simple and beautiful things but I do not collect objects. I don’t know any designer name, sorry.

7)Favorite Classic movie?

“Les Valseuses” and “Le Feu Follet”.

8)Favorite book?

“Perfume : The Story of A Murderer” by Patrick Suskind.

9)Favorite word ( that you most overuse)?

Like every french “C’est ouf” which is a slang term for “It’s crazy”.

10)Favorite music label?

Soul Clap, Local Talk, HW&W, French Express, and Roche Musique of course.

11)Your dream collaboration?

A collab with a singer like Musiq Soulchild, D’Angelo or Maxwell would be great but I doubt this will ever happen. 🙂

12)What’s your life motto (quote)?

“It’s 5 o’ clock somewhere.”

13)Any “mot de la fin”? 

“Les vrais savent.”