THE BIRDHOUSE 157: Hervé Interview

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This week joining us on THE BIRDHOUSE, we have a a guest mix from Cheap Thrills label boss Hervé. Straight out of London, England, and one of the originators of the fidget house sound, along with the likes of Dave Taylor and others, Hervé has been a a name synonymous with boundary pushing house music. In the game for over a decade, Hervé has seen releases on labels from such as Ultra, Cr2, Sweat it Out, to Nightbass. He has also played a pivotal role in jump starting the careers of many producers and djs today. His most recent release “Jungle is Massive,” with Trevor Loveys on Box of Cats has been a mainstay in my recent sets. Check out Hervé’s guest mix and BIRDHOUSE questionnaire below.

THE REAL

How did your music career get started in earnest?

I had drum and piano lessons between roughly 9-12, but around 13 I discovered that I could make music with my Atari and a workstation keyboard after seeing someone messing around on a W30 and an Atari in a music instrument shop.

Where are you from and does it have an influence on your music?


I’m from the United Kingdom – I live in London so yes it very much influences me, it’s always been a hive of creativity and activity (less so in the last few years, though).

How many times did you want to quit trying to make this your career?

At least once a week, especially when it became my career.

What was one piece of equipment that helped define your sound early on?

No idea?! My brain? Let’s say Cubase, I’ve used it from the beginning. 

When you were getting started, which artists did you try to emulate (both musically and careerwise)?

I think in one way people like Aphex Twin, Armand Van Helden, Andrew Weatherall, Todd Terry, and Pharrell with their multiple pseudonyms. In another way, it was more genres that influenced me: hardcore/rave; jungle; UK garage/2 step; ambient/IDM; 80s electro; house music. On my downtempo stuff, I would say people like My Bloody Valentine, Brian Eno, Enio Morricone, The Cure, Boards of Canada, 4ad Records, Burial, Aphex Twin (again!), off the top of my head.
Dave Taylor influenced me in the sense that he took the time to offer advice and encouragement, I’d had no help at all up to that point in music, literally nothing.

When you have a tough week or a rough tour, how do you get yourself back on track?

Running/punch bag or walking in the forest. I’ve just moved into my new house and there is a forest on my doorstep, it is ideal.

Where and when are you at your most content/happiest?

On the beach by the Mediterranean

Do you have any secret hobbies or hidden talents?

I’m excellent at table football. I’m an excellent singer but will never sing again due to a trauma in a past life.

I go to the countryside to shoot guns (not at animals!) with my friend Tom who is a carpenter.

I’m learning to be a helicopter pilot.

THE REST

Favorite and least favorite colors?

Fav is dark blue
Least fav… There’s a gray paint that a lot of people have been painting their front doors in London. I hate it. I really, really hate it.

Favorite and least favorite words?

I have a friend who hates the word moist – will walk out the room if you say it.

Favorite animal?
 

Too tight to call between Dogs and Otters. Donkeys are awesome too. I used to have one called Henrietta, she was brilliant.

Favorite board game?

Hate board games, but will play Advanced Dungeons and Dragons any time you wish

Favorite guilty pleasure food?

Beef. I stopped eating it a few years back. I would feel very guilty if I ate any now!

Favorite guilty pleasure song?

If I like it, I like it – I don’t have musical guilty pleasures

German or Detroit techno?

mid-late nineties Jeff Mills

Festival, club or illegal warehouse?

Love them all for different reasons. Club

Biggie or Tupac?

Don’t care

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars

Exercise or Netflix?

I don’t have an answer for this