Q+A: 5 Minutes with CruSz
When an artist leaves us with more questions than answers after an exclusive interview, we’re always itching to sit down with them again and dig a little deeper. Take CruSz, for example, who originally landed on our radar with the release of his in-your-face EP Okay Boomerz early last year. At the time, we sat down for an exclusive interview with the French-touch producer where he discussed his techniques and set-up. Jump forward to today and the producer has just released another unparalleled EP, Liquidz via Enchanté Records.
CruSz, a legend in the underground scene, shares his thoughts on the industry and all its flaws in the exclusive follow up interview below
Welcome back! Tell us about your adventures over the last year?
Since OK Boomerz, I have composed a lot, focusing on more disco tracks but also more French touch. I wanted to return to my first love of electronic music with the machines of the time and sincerity in the loops. Avoid the bangers side or the too consumable side.
Tell us about the French-touch scene and how it’s evolved over the years
We are not going to lie to each other, the French-touch scene has taken the rhythm of Spotify releases with fresh tracks, easy access. I think we have to put some hard house back into all this and stop the lemonade side. Should we get closer to techno and move away from pop?
Your latest EP, Liquidz has just been released. Which track should fans look out for and why?
Crusz fans must listen to this EP from start to finish. It’s a tribute to everything you can drink, all the states and moods you can feel while having a good evening with your friends.
Tell one of the strangest things to happen to you while creating music
So the strangest thing, but ultimately so classic, is to program a rhythm and forget to turn off the vinyl turntable which is spinning in the background when you open the track: suddenly Paris Gallia was born like that.
How has the underground Paris scene changed over the years?
I no longer go out in Paris but I intend to get back to it. I am a fan of parties in the North of France and in Belgium. I also met a lot of new young and super talented artists on the Parisian scene, admiring and respectful of the French Touch pioneers.
Have you had a chance to return to the stage? If so, tell us about the differences pre and post-pandemic
I mix very often in clubs and bars. The mask and the obligation to stay have changed a lot of things. But the restrictions are lifted.
Looking towards the future, what’s next on the cards for you?
I want to follow the release rhythm imposed by the new streaming industry: make maxis or EPs every 3 or 4 months. I do not hide that an entire album is also ready to arrive. I have to work and set up a coherent electronic live. With a copper set.
One last thought to leave with your fans?
Follow and stream CruSz, again & again.
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By Sarah Britton