Jerry Bouthier and Andrea Gorgerino are the duo JBAG.
The first is French, the second Italian, they met in London where they are both based.
Part of the Kitsuné family, sound designer of Vivienne Westwood & other fashion labels, dj/producer & A&R-music consultant Jerry Bouthier is now running digital imprint Continental records with a compelling roster (JBAG of course but also Reflex, Adamski, Shindu…).
A classically trained musician turned skilled producer Andrea Gorgerino reigns supreme in the studio where he practices musical alchemy, turning synthetic chaos into organized magic.
The pair were resident djs at groundbreaking London fashion club BoomBox (now Ponystep) and are often found spinning for the fashion world (Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Gareth Pugh, Colette, Givenchy…).
Mogadisco is available on Kitsuné Soleil Mix 2
Jerry Bouthier and Andrea Gorgerino
“We were both expats in London looking for music partners… Andrea was completing his SAE diploma in London, I was looking for a sound engineer to mix my tracks with… it was love at first sight haha, no seriously these days we’re more like brothers who don’t argue. Bickering in the studio wouldn’t work. We always have something to talk about… must be a French/Italian thing.”
What got you both into producing and how do you often produce your tracks, together in the studio or in some other way?
“Love of music got us to produce, what else? Both of us have been doing it in one form or another for years. Learning the crafts of programming, engineering, writing, producing, mastering… doesn’t come overnight, lots and lots of practice, we have music and projects we’ve never released… It’s all about being patient, it can be years before you’re satisfied with the results.”
You have made a number of real good remixes. How do you choose which songs you will make a remix of?
“It’s got to be a song we like. Something we feel we can add to. We wouldn’t remix a song to sack all the original’s elements… you might as well do your own track in that case. We like to bring our flavour to an already strong song. Try to make it even more effective on the dancefloor.”
If an artist or band phoned you up and asked you to do a remix for their next release, who would you wanted that to be?
Er… don’t know, Phoenix? MGMT? Janelle Monae? Friendly Fires? Haim?
What did you want to express in “Mogadisco”?
We like to let the music speaks for itself. That’s the beauty of it, you suggest impressions and emotions out of melodies, not words, so it can be different things to different people. Explaining everything is a bit of a French obsession, somehow music transcends words
As people who’s music isn’t really catering to the club scene, what do you think of the way that many people tend to clump together dance music and electronic music? Is the difference between “electronic music” and “EDM” something that you ever think about?
“Well we definitely conceive our music with the dancefloor and djs in mind. It’s a shame most djs have no interest in playing vocal songs and even melodies often (unless commercial, spinning radio hits). But we believe you can be underground and play songs, there’s tons of stuff that never gets played on radio. Underground is not so much about a sound but more about the motivations behind why you’re doing music. If you have a business plan or if you’re just doing it for the love of music, that’s the true indie spirit I guess: music comes first…
There’s a fracture between people who let radio and clubs dictate what they listen to and those who are serious about their music and don’t want to be fed with fast-food trash. It’s nothing new, in various shapes and forms, there’s always been the mainstream and stuff on its borders. The frontiers are blurring because now everything’s exposed on the net in one second, and many are jumping at the chance of making a quick buck although they have little too offer. The charts are full of these people, no originality, no density… just uninspired emptiness. Interesting music doesn’t always need maximum exposure, it’s fun looking for things, build your own self and avoid the traps of consumerism.”
If JBAG existed in any of the the three previous decades, which one do you think would suit best your mood and inspiration ?
“We’re futurists. We might appreciate things from the past, but we’re looking forward, not backwards. Forever excited about hearing new ideas and sounds… so today suits us fine. Or caan we go 10 years ahead?”
What is on your hi-fi at the moment?
“Apart from the demos submitted to our label Continental and the in-house crew – Reflex, Shindu, Oxford, Pharaoh Black Magic, Mannequine… Anything by The XX, Memory Tapes, Beat Connection, the Kamp! album. Psychemagik ‘Magik Sunrise’ album. Letherette album. The Celluloid Records Story compilation. Most releases on the Nang label. Grizzly Bear album. Haim ‘Falling’. The tracks/remixes of Cassian, Goldroom, ATTAR!… ”
Do you have any new tracks or projects in the pipeline?
‘We’re working on our debut album. We’d like to put together a great collection of tracks and collabs that isn’t just aimed at djs. Show a little bit of scope cos once again we like lots of different moods… We’re also soon going to be touring as live dj set (decks, fx and keyboard), should be fun.”
Three reasons to love Mogadisco ?
“It’s sincere, makes you feel alive and puts a smile on people’s face.”
With what words would you like this interview to end?
“Find time to be yourself.”