2014 Through My Eyes: Romain Barbot [Saåad/BLWBCK]

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“Romain is a founder of an experimental ambient project Saåad and one of the bosses of Toulouse based BLWBCK label which is focused on ambient, drone, experimental music often with a lo-fi touch. Here are Romain’s thoughts about this passing year”

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

It has been crazy. We’ve released our first vinyl « Deep/Float » which received a lot of great feedbacks from our listeners but also from the press, we played our first shows in UK and Russia and opened for amazing artists such as Scott Kelly or Chelsea Wolfe. We’ve also realized one of our secret fantasy by working on the Puget’s pipe organ of Notre-Dame de la Dalbade. It was commissioned by les Siestes Electroniques & Toulouse les Orgues. They let us 2 days with this beast, do whatever we wanted with it and free to re-works these takes to build a 1 hours live set.

Which album have you listened to most often this year (not necessarily released in 2014)?

If I look at my LAST FM charts, it’s one of the tape I released with my label BLWBCK, Damian Valles « Extrusions ». I’m really sad because a lot of people missed this cassette because he putted out another album few weeks before, but « Extrusions » is a masterpiece. I’ve also discovered Croatian Amor and get addicted to it, especially with « Genitalia Garden »

What was the best gig you’ve attended?

Echos Festival 2014 in the Alps, the Romain de Ferron’s set at 4 or 5a.m, his harmonium echoing with the thunder in the whole the valley

Was there an event within this past year that has significantly influenced your philosophy and outlook on life, or your perception of the world around you? For instance some specific place you visited, people you met and so on?

We just came back from Russia and like I guess it changed my vision of the world. I talked a lot with our tour-manager Mikhail Tumanov who helped me to fully understand how the world looks different from there. We had a whole day to walk around the Red Place … change of scene guaranteed !

What was your greatest disappointment in 2014?

The recent disparition of Christophe Ehrwein, the Kongfuzi Booking’s founder. He was passionate and a strong support during these past months and the genesis of our « organ piece ». He will be missed. On a personal level, to not to get as much exposure as I wanted for the BLWBCK artists. I’m very proud of all the tapes we’ve released this year, but they deserve more ! We also had many problems with our blank tapes dealer and the french mail office which can be compared to the Bermuda triangle.

Your plans, hopes and expectations for 2015?

It will be a very busy year for us. In February Soft & Grains Of Sand (will release our second album in collaboration with Eus & Postdrome. We’re also working with Grains of Sand on the last details of a LP re-issue of one of our 2011’s EP. But you can expect a new full-length too ! We’re almost done with the recording of our new album based on the live-piece that we build with the Puget’s organ sounds. There’s also the Empreinte’s Original Soundtrack, a documentary film co-directed by our long-time collaborator Grégoire Orio & Jérôme Loisy. We must receive the first cuts in the coming days and start to work on it really soon. Grégory will continue to join Mondkopf on stage for his live sets and we hope to tour more to defend our « organ album ». You need to play it loud, as loud as it was during the recordings and live is the best place for a maximum volume experience.

Saåad website
BLWBCK website

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