hkclubbing.com chats with France’s most-revered house and electronic music DJ, Claude Monnet.
hkclubbing.com: How would you describe your house music sound?
Claude Monnet: It is a mix of funkyness and groove inspired by afrobeat, soul, jazz, disco, detroit techno, chicago and NY house.
hkclubbing.com: What are you working on at the moment?
Claude Monnet: I'm working on a vocal track remix coming on MAP DANCE. The song and the vocal (Tania Mitchelle) are amazing and it should be a hit at the next WMC or during the winter.
hkclubbing.com: Do you plan to release a track for the Miami Winter Conference in March?
Claude Monnet: Yes I'm working on different ideas, different ways. But I still don't know what it will be.
hkclubbing.com: You’ve DJed in many parts of the world, is there a particular country you want to DJ in the most?
Claude Monnet: I just got back from NY, and I really like playing in the USA; especially New York and LA but there are so many countries where I have had a lot of fun.
hkclubbing.com: Are you the kind of person who handle your Facebook or Twitter account? Or do you have someone else do it for you?
Claude Monnet: Actually I have someone handling my facebook accounts which are linked to twitter, but I personally check the messages and the comments everyday anyway.
hkclubbing.com: Is there a particular DJ/producer you’d like to collaborate and make music with?
Claude Monnet: It’d be great if I could collaborate with guys like Carl Craig and Deetron. I like their musical approach and the way they build their tracks.
hkclubbing.com: Have you been to Hong Kong? If yes, what do you think of it?
Claude Monnet: I love Hong Kong! This city is amazing and it’s like the Asian New York to me; anything can happen anytime and anywhere. I really look forward to going again soon.
hkclubbing.com: Tell us more about your House music you've been involved since the beginning. What are your feelings about the way it has grown and what do you think about electronic music in general?
Claude Monnet: We all agree that this has become a major musical movement, but House music, Electronic music, and music in general have lived through a revolution since the 2000 because of the Internet. The rules and business plans have completely changed. The sales fell by 25% annually since ten years and so this situation has a direct impact on the creativity and the production. Less income means less production and promotion. An electronic music producer/artist cannot live with his music income only as he could 10 or 15 years ago. I remember a reference we sold at 75 000 vinyl copies in 1998, this is totally unrealizable nowadays. Music is now a promotion tool which allows DJs/producers to do gigs.
There are also exceptions, certain djs/producers sale lot of records but they are more into pop/dance than house or electronic music. Not the same scene!