Interview: Five Minutes with Nuit Oceān

Renowned for his talent via publications such as Vogue France and Rolling Stone France, French composer Nuit Oceān leaves listeners to ponder in the best way with his latest EP offering Fire Divine via ROUGE NEON RECORDS. The Fire Divine EP is a work of expression that touches on life’s many intricacies. In essence, it is existential poetry.  The composer currently sits under a whopping 10 million plays on major streaming platforms, and we have no doubt that his count will rise with this latest gem. 

We find out more about this spiritually in tune being in this exclusive. 

Set the tone for us. Why the arts?

It’s very personal, almost selfish. Music for me is a way to not go crazy. It’s therapy. I can write down anything on my mind, even the darkest things. It’s an outlet.

Which comes first when you’re producing – the sound or the idea?

When I produce, I put myself in an atmosphere. I have in mind a scene from a movie (or tv show) or a few lines from a book that disturbed me. And I gravitate around trying to tell a story that can speak to me and people.

Does your material feature any collaborations?

Only love we had is featuring with SAUVANE.

What’s on your current playlist?

Something in the way / Nirvana

Alive / Amaroun feat Mansa

Blinded by the light / The streets

Birth of creation /The comet is coming

Dialogue Libretto #17 / Frank West feat David Enhco

Wasted / NNAMDÏ

Courante / Roomful of Teeth

Tell us about the chemistry you have with your fans on stage.

I like to feel a certain tension at the start of the concert which gradually turns into a release and a strong connection with the music. I love it when I see people close their eyes and leave their bodies for a moment.

What techniques do you experiment with to get your original sound?

I love going from digital to analog. In the end to go back to digital and dub audio tracks to make a sound that is mine. I record my synth or guitar via an old Akai tape recorder. I love creating unconventional chaining with my instrument set up.

Take us through a day in the recording studio.

It’s never the same. What is certain is that I spend a lot of hours doing nothing to create a vacuum (void) and being connected with myself. No internet. I experiment with samples, with machines. I try to put my voice on it, I let it rest and come back the next day to listen to the disaster. But in this disaster sometimes there is an interesting little light.

Was there a specific moment in your life where you thought, “this is what I want to do”?

I think deep down I have always wanted to make music. There are two pivotal moments. Nirvana’s unplugged live on MTV. I was speechless. I felt indescribable things at this time. And the end of my studies where I took the time to devote myself to engineering and MAO.

What do you keep close by while you’re playing a set?

Nothing in particular but I like that everything is tidy in its place. I am a maniac.

Any emerging artists on your radar?

Not really emerging but I really like Moses Sumney or NEL with the song.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Anger. That I digest and transcribe with my words and my sensitivity.

Take us through your collection of gear, tech or software that accompanies your creative expression.

I work with some Teenage Engineering gear, and mostly vintage machines. Some recurrent Waves VST. A blubbery microphone by Blue Microphones. And Logic pro x.

Any side projects you’re working on?

Nothing serious at the moment.

How have you refined your craft since you entered the industry?

I try to be more assiduous and rigorous. Having a good pace in life is important.

Breakdown the news for us: what can we expect from you this year?

An incredible first album.

Famous last words?

It’s all about dreams.

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