2013 Through My Eyes: Philippe Petit


How would you summarize this past year on artistic and personal level?

2013 has been a nice year for me as I was able to tour Australia, playing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth. It was my first trip there and I enjoyed immensely meeting great people and a very attentive/curious audience. Other than those, I gigged the prestigious Philarmonie in Luxembourg, Borisan in Istanbul, Qwartz Awards Ceremony in Paris, Kuudes Linja Festival in Helsinki, George Enescu Festival in Bucarest and quite a few other venues worldwide, all in all I played 35 shows in 2013.

In terms of releases I feel proud three collabs of importance saw the light of day + 1 solo album:

Lydia Lunch & Philippe Petit: Taste Our Voodoo
(Double LP + Double CD / Rustblade)

Murcof + Philippe Petit: 1st chapter
(LP + CD + Digital / Rev. Lab. – Aagoo)

Philippe Petit: Needles In Pain
(Pict. Disc vinyl album + Digital/ Alrealon Musique)

Simon Fisher Turner & Philippe Petit: A Ti Dou Li Dum A Ti Dou Li Dou Ti Dé
(CD / HelloSquare) 15

What album you listened to most often this year (not necessarily released in 2013)?

Sorry but there is absolutely no chance that I could list one album only as I am receiving about 500 new records every year and there are quite a few which I like a lot and listen to… Some faves in 2013, in no particular order would be:

Meridian Brothers – Devociôn (Staubgold) .
Henry Vega – Stream Machines (ARTEksounds)
Okapi & Aldo Kapi Orchestra – Opera Riparata – Tribute To Bruno Munari (Offset)
Edward Ka-Spel – Ghost Logik (Rustblade)
PRES Scores (Polish Radio Experimental Studio Collection) (Bôlt) / VA. Sounding The Body Electric (Polish Radio Experimental Studio Collection) (Bôlt) / VA. Blanc Et Rouge (Polish Radio Experimental Studio Collection) (Bôlt
Julia Kent – Character (Leaf)
Mathias Delplanque – Chutes (Baskaru)
Electric Electric – Discipline (Africantape)
Mercy Giants – Steel Dungeons, Mighty Foes ! (ToneFloat)
Netherworld – Alchemy Of Ice (Glacial Movements)
Cindytalk – A Life Is Everywhere (eMego
Lydia Lunch – RetroVirus (ugEXPLODE)
Xiu Xiu & Eugene S. Robinson – Sal Mineo (Aagoo)
Spaceheads – Sun Radar EP (Electric Brass)
Filiamotsa – Sentier Des Roches (Who’s Brain/Les Disques De Plomb)
VA. Antibothis v.4 (Thisco)
VA. Musiques Nouvelles 50 Ans (Cypres)

And Besides as a DJ, under the moniker „Sonic Seducer”, I am constantly selecting hits from various genres: 60s Yé-Yé Jerk, Garage Punk, Cha Cha Cha, Disco, Luk Thung, Bossa, Motown Soul, NY No-Wave, Bollywood, Mambo, Cumbia, Tropicalia, Beats Exotiques, Rare Funk, Psychédéliques, Surf, Hip-Hop, New-Wave, Minimal Techno, various Electronics…
More or less my DJ playlists could gather: The Last Poets, Georgio Moroder/Donna Summer, Gilberto Gil, Iggy Pop, Tom Tom Club, Matthew Dear, Suicide, Sugarhill Gang, Llips Inc., Soul Survivors, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou, Jacqueline Taïeb , ESG, Sinn Sisamouth & Pan Ron, Caribou, Nancy Sinatra, New Order, Bappi Lahiri, Bill Haley & His Comets, Asha Bhosle, LCD soundsystem, Boney M, Hemant Bhosle, Lipstique, Rajesh Roshan, Alan Vega, Urfali Babi, Drexciya, Lou Reed, Brigitte Bardot, Revillos, Playgroup, Cramps, Rolling Stones, Tarantula Ghoul, Surfaris, Esquivel!, Thomas Brinkmann, Fela Kuti, Asian Dub Foundation, Yma Sumac, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Bumblebee Unlimited, Louie Rankin, Human Beinz, Dario Moréno, Fad Gadget, Legowelt, Nico Gomez and his afro percussion inc., Afrika Bambaataa, Swayzak, Booker T & the MG’s, Samai Onwong, Monkees, Liquid Liquid, Martha & Vandellas, Radio 4, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, Ray Barretto, Queen Latifah, Patrick Coutin, Sonics, Kinks, Beastie Boys, Supremes, Akufen, Robert Mitchum, Messer Chups, Ed Lincoln, Les Lutins, Amon Tobin, Kool & The Gang, Violent Femmes, Oleg Kostrow, Jacky Chalard …
Some of my mixes can be heard there:


What was the best cultural experience not related to music?

I visited quite a few amazing art galleries in those cities where I was lucky to perform…

And best trip? Most beautiful or magic place you visited this year?

My favourite has to be my holidays with the family in Roma in the Summer.

What was your greatest disappointment of 2013?

Witnessing the failure of Marseille Capital Of Culture + obviously experiencing the way racism and poverty are growing all over Europe.

Did you learn anyting particular this year?

Well I learnt many things, actually learning everyday and hope that it will go on as discovering new things is what makes life interesting

Plans, hopes, expectations for 2014?

I’m finalizing a few shows around Asia to happen end of FE/early March and already confirmed playing for a few nice festivals during the first quarter… Also eager to launching my collab with Edward Ka-Spel from Legendary Pink Dots as an album to appear on Rustblade in March. Then I’ll have some records out on Aagoo, Monotype, Alrealon Musique and Africantape… Thus as far as I’m involved I can only hope for things to keep evolving in the same way. Thank you.

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