Tropical House Pioneer Klingande Takes Us Behind His Music and Live Shows [Interview]

Klingande nevertheless makes waves with his own predominantly worthy manufacturer of tropical and melodic house.

Committed to producing strange and mesmerizing soundscapes, Cedric Steinmyller – better called French DJ Klingande – proceeds to set himself apart from those in the tropical home genre.

Big names such as Robin Schulz, Kygo and Sam Feldt have obviously dominated, but live performances are where Steinmyller truly shines. At each and every show at least one musician plays together with him, undoubtedly, improving the entire concert experience. 

Now on his North American fall tour, Klingande is attracting all these musically epic performances for his fans. In our interview, he tells us what goes into these shows, and the way he got to the genre, and the way he turned into one of its leaders. One of your latest stops was BangOn! NYC’s Warehouse of Horrors. What was it like playing one of the very epic Halloween parties at town and has been there one part of the night that really stuck out for you?

Klingande: I constantly visit North America around Halloween. I adore these parties, therefore I was very happy to be a part of this year’s Warehouse of Horrors variant. There was flame FX around me on stage, so what stuck out for me was the fire. This was a very terrific night!

Since it was Halloween, did you dress up as some thing to get the show? 

I must confess, I did not dress up. I did it once for Laidback Luke’s celebration. It had been in Vegas I believe, and I dressed at a Jedi costume. That is the only time I dressed for a party that I was enjoying.

BangOn! NYC’s Warehouse of Horrors

Growing up Would you want to be a DJ/producer or did you pursue another career?

I had been studying advertising when my career really started, however, I’ve always been passionate about music as I was young. I heard piano, DJing and generation – and I’m still studying! I had been dreaming of being a musician in some way. I didn’t understand it was likely to be a DJ/Producer, however each one of the steps I followed brought me to this.

What was the first EDM song you’ve ever listened to, and what caused you to choose to follow a career in music instead?

I can not remember the first tune, but that which attracted me to EDM was unquestionably all the vibes from Swedish House Mafia, Avicii and Eric Prydz. All of their music really made me wish to DJ and find out more about production. It was later I spent one year in London studying production my audio spectrum really exploded and I discovered deep home, though. I remember particularly Klangkarussell really touched me back in the day. I blended all of these influences and inspirations in my music.

Some people actually mistake you as being Swedish due to how big of a fan you are of Swedish matters. Can you get a kick from this and do you secretly wish you were Swedish instead of French?

Ahah no I’m French and pleased to be. It is true I’m a fan of what Sweden has to offer. They have amazing artists such as I mentioned and I’m quite inspired by their culture, their customs, and their environment.

You are one of the leaders of this tropical property subgenre. When you’re creating your first track,”Jubel,” what kind of sound were you going for originally? How would you fall into this tropical and subtropical sound?

It’s correct, I had been in the very start of all of this with a few artists such as Bakermat. It was very new when I released”Punga” and”Jubel.” It was a really exciting period in digital music and the deep house subgenre.

I was actually quite inspired by the sax Bakermat set in his tune, and I had been trying to mix my own melodic influences using progressive and deep house influences such as Klangkarussell (“Sonnentanz” was and is one of my favorite songs). I then followed my tastes and instinct. 

When you set out to make new music like your recent Broken Back collaboration,”Wonders,” do you naturally start off creating something tropical sounding? How can the creative process proceed?

It really depends. To get”Wonders,” Broken Back delivered me the tune. We’ve stayed in touch because”Riva,” and he came back to me with a few songs. I truly adored”Wonders” due to its vibe and message, which I said”let’s do it together.”

In addition, I work a lot during in-studio composing sessions — that’s what I’m doing to get my own record coming out next year. The majority of the album is going to be tunes we wrote and created by different writers, musicians and manufacturers at sessions I’ve done since April. Therefore, sometimes people send me songs I really click with and sometimes I write and produce it from scratch!

Just how different was it working with Broken Back “Riva (Restart The Game)” at 2015 as compared to now?

We grew up and heard a lot. I think we worked “Wonders” much faster than we did “Riva” since we’ve got a much greater knowledge of how another person works creatively.

We hear you want to experiment with and use a whole lot of plugins. What are some of your favorite ones and why? Is there one you tend to use in each song?

Yes, that’s true. I like to discover new plugins; same with hardware. I’m always on the lookout for new things to understand. I’m a massive fan of UAD plugin for blending my tracks as well as my favorite synths are all Sylenth1, Spire and Omnisphere.

When tropical home was beginning, what really set you apart from various other DJs was your usage of saxophones, pianos and guitars. What brought you to these instruments?

I think that’s my pop, folk and blues influences. I loved melodies and acoustic sounds and I wished to add this hot feeling of acoustic instruments in my music. So I hunted for saxophones, harmonicas, violins, pianos and guitars. That’s something I really take care of in all my songs. 

Is there an instrument you always wished to find out or would like to learn next?

I’d really like to find guitar. I purchased one and I must start working on it now!

You really do a wonderful job of improving your shows with live saxophone, violin and guitar performances. How do you go about preparing to get those kinds of shows as opposed to your DJ set? Which do you prefer more?

Yes, naturally. We had rehearsals at the beginning of the year at San Francisco together using the group. We worked on the track selection, seemed for agreements we could do together with my musicians, and built the show. It was tricky since not all of the audio match with live instruments and we’re really looking for further arrangements that could bring something more. That is why the center of the show is the exact same all season and we can not change it all the time. But thanks to some own excellent musicians, Arnold Pol and Renato Marquez, we could constantly add new tunes to the show. They could find out parts and create some very quickly. My rule is to never do DJ sets , I always have at least one musician with me.

So what is next for Klingande following this tour? Any new tracks coming out you can tell us more about?

After this tour I’ll return home and stopping everything to concentrate on finalizing my album. The first single comes out early 2019.

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