This week's artist spotlight features an immensely talented and hilarious DJ/producer from Norway. He's a Gypsy Jazz lover named Sebastian Kornelius but you might know him better as Coucheron. Well, West Coast EDM had the opportunity to get the personal scoop.
West Coast EDM: What’s the story behind the name?
Coucheron: The name comes from my great-great-grandmother, and for some reason it dissappeared with her. But I liked it and thought it sounded cool so I started uploading songs with it. Not my best decision seeing as it’s really hard for people to spell it out when I tell them my name is “Koosheron.” But you win some and you lose some.
West Coast EDM: How did you get your start in music? Do you play any instruments?
Coucheron: I started playing in punk bands when I was 10, I played the guitar and drums. My band was just about to start growling (FUCK YEA BRAAAWWWH) when we decided to quit. After that I got into making music on my computer, and made some incredibly sucky music for 2 years before putting anything out... I often think about who I would be if we started growling.
West Coast EDM: What’s your process when creating a track? Do you generally have something in mind or is it a completely blank slate?
Coucheron: It depends. It often starts out in one of three ways:
- I’ll have voice memos on my phone, and start from there.
- I’ll play the piano or guitar until I hear something interesting to start off.
- I’ll browse through my “sample” library for inspiration. It’s a pretty extensive library made out of bits and pieces. It’s very neatly organized and I use them without getting sued yay. It’s a fun way to work because I can take ideas that are meant for one thing and do something unexpected with them.
BUT I'd say most of the time I’ll come up with something by accident while tinkering around in the studio.
West Coast EDM: How has your style evolved from your perspective?
Coucheron: I think I’ve grown out of having a particular “style”. Whenever I think “omg I’ve finally found my sound,” I grow really tired of it shortly after. I used to think I made French House, but nowadays I’ll just make anything that strikes a nerve with me. I usually tell people “I make pop music” mehe.
West Coast EDM: Who would you love to collaborate with?
Coucheron: Arctic Monkeys (!!!!). Or Vampire Weekend. Ty Dolla Sign would be supertight too.
West Coast EDM: Which producers have inspired your style?
Coucheron: I started out by copying a bunch of french house acts like Justice, Daft Punk and SebastiAn. And Lemaitre, whom I share a house with in LA now yay. I still am very inspired by all of them but the list of inspirations has grown immensely over the past few years. Timbaland, Noisia, Cashmere Cat, Madlib, Billboard, Diplo to name a few. Ariel Rechtshaid has produced some incredible records over the years as well.
West Coast EDM: Favorite sub-genres of electronic music?
Coucheron: I’m really bad at keeping up with the names of sub-genres. I still like a Nu-Disco record and have gotten really into Drum N' Bass as of late. But I digs some future bass stuff too. I do go to SoundCloud from time to time and discover mindblowing music.
West Coast EDM: Any pre-show rituals?
Coucheron: Not really. I’ll crack a cold one with the band and then have a few minutes in solidarity.
West Coast EDM: If you could throw your own festival, which producers would be on the roster?
Coucheron: I’d like to hear DJ sets from Mark Ronson, Cashmere Cat, Questlove, Max Martin and Noisia. But I wouldn’t really want to hear them play their own songs, just their favorite songs.
West Coast EDM: What are your other hobbies?
Coucheron: I like to joke around with music as hobby. I recently started to play violin. I play gypsy jazz guitar with my roommate, Ketil. We’re gonna do a show at an open mic in LA later this year. I love playing football (soccer, that is).
West Coast EDM: What is one of the biggest challenges you've encountered throughout your career?
Coucheron: I’ve had a few down times in terms of motivation and inspiration. Where I’ve gone for weeks and weeks without enjoying anything that I make. You start to forget that adrenaline rush you get when creating something amazing. I found that scary, but that awesome feeling always come back at some point.
West Coast EDM: Any special new plans for future events?
Coucheron: I’m reeaaaally hoping to do a few shows in the states this year and a thousand festivals next year.
West Coast EDM: What advice would you give to anyone trying to get into music production?
Coucheron: Try to recreate and copy other’s work. When copying sounds, pay attention to how every paramater changes the sound. I’ve stumple upon awesome ideas and sounds by mistake trying to copy others.
West Coast EDM: What current projects are you working on?
Coucheron: I’m working with a few artists besides myself at the moment. I’m spending a lot of the summer working with a Norwegian singer called ARY, who is amazing.
West Coast EDM: What can we expect to see from Coucheron in the next 5 years? Which cities do you hope to visit?
Coucheron: You can expect THE BIGGEST TUNES OF ALL TIME. And I want to get to Tokyo asap.