There is a necessary harmony of sounds and words that emits from the Antinote stable. The musical output is about as expressive and varied as one could hope from a modern label; the emphatic need to find a visual representation that fits each physical (& digital) release sets this label apart. In Paris, sometime around or after 2012, it was decided by Label boss DJ Zaltan that sound must equal image, or rather - this interchangeable equation was essential. With the help of designers Nico Motte and Matt Pol of design agency Check Morris, such an equation is fulfilled via a close discussion with each musician releasing on the table. So, in practice, the eclecticism of a label such as this - from experimental to house - is somehow unified through a coherence of artwork and design. It would be trite to confuse this with ‘branding’ or a ‘style’, no, this is about unification and consistency. This exemplary label embodies the importance the visual spirit brings to a diverse modern sound.
Where are you from?
What do you do?
I’m running Antinote records since 2012 and I’m a DJ. Earliest musical memory: I was 6 or 7 when I bought my first cassette tape in this supermarket called Mammouth. They had a pretty large music section back in the day. It was Deep Purple and then Nirvana. I started to play the guitar at that time too. Also my parents used to work in a local radio station so they got records and did parties at home
Why did you start a record label?
To bring my own thing in the music scene at that time. I met Nico Motte from Check Morris and IUEKE at that time. IUEKE got some old unreleased tapes from the 90’s and I was up for releasing it. I also got some friends making music in their bedroom and I thought it would be cool to release it. I did not have any professional motivation but it looks like I’m still doing it 10 years after
How would you describe the labels sound?
As I just mentioned before we started with some friends from the neighborhood and in a non professional way. So I would describe the original sound of Antinote: spontaneous, amateur, lofi and adventurous. Fun, dreamy and trippy !!
Some insight on the mix you recorded ?
This mix was recorded live at the Oddity Radio HQ. Lots of friends were there and I was a bit nervous before playing. It happens to me sometimes. I think it was important for me to do something really personal: to play some of my big classics and do my little thing for an hour. I bought some of those records when I was a teen so it is a pleasure for me to introduce you to some of my best and oldest friends throughout this mix.