Yuksek (Pierre-Alexandre Busson) is a composer and producer who emerged from the French electronic scene. After releasing several singles on many international labels, dozens of remixes for the most obscure indie band to pop stars and two albums, Away From the Sea (2009) and Living on the Edge of Time (2011), Yuksek traveled the world touring and collaborating with many international artists. In 2013, he created his own label, Partyfine, confirming the unique Yuksek sound: a clever mix of club music, deviant disco, indie and electronic.
With his experience as a classical musician (10 years of piano at the Conservatory), Yuksek started composing film scores in 2014, for example, Valérie Donzelli’s Marguerite et Julien, which was selected in the official competition for the Palme d’Or of the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.
We can’t think of a better artist to kick off the Elsewhere mix series, in honor of the club’s 1-year anniversary! So dig into for an hour of Disco, House, Funk and more.
Last time you were at Elsewhere, you played our rooftop in June. How did the night go down for you?
Was good fun, I really enjoyed playing there with the Razor N Tape guys. I love being in Brooklyn and that place is perfect.
Do you come to NYC often? What do you like about visiting here?
Not enough! Like everywhere I like to walk in the city and look at the streets and the people, lose myself for a couple of hours. I always have a little walk in the park too and a visit to a museum, a bit of record digging and oysters with friends.
Over the Summer, you released a single, “Don’t Even Try” with JD Samson. When did you first meet JD and how did the collaboration come about? How did the session go?
Actually, we met some years ago when she came to France, she was looking for someone to produce a song and I was super happy to work with her, as an icon and as an artist I loved in Le Tigre. Then I discovered that she is a super nice person, really lovely and intense. We did those vocal recordings two years back, in NYC and it took me some time to find a good way to use it.
Your label, Partyfine just released the Recover Vol. 1 compilation in May. What is your A&R process like? Any particular tracks you especially enjoyed signing?
It’s easy, the only idea is to release music I like! No commercial blah blah, no headaches, just music.
You’ve also released a new 12” EP on NYC’s Razor N Tape imprint. When do you decide to work on edits vs. original music? Were all those edits made at the same time or over a longer period?
I make edits for my DJ sets first, sometimes it’s just kind of a loop without much interest to release and sometimes it looks like a track. So I play it for a couple of months and if I still like it I release it, or give it away, I make it alive!
What else have you been up to recently?
I’m starting a new label called « Insane Dances » for more strange tracks, darker, and I have a new project name « Destino ». I’m doing the score for a Netflix documentary at the moment, also working on a new record and producing for a few artists in France. I’m also putting together a new Partyfine compilation.
Tell us a little about the mix you’ve made for us. Where was it mixed, and are there any standout tracks for you?
I did it in the studio. I’m always trying to balance few classic tunes (disco usually), some of my recent releases (remixes for Breakbot and Simon Says), and some unreleased tracks or remix. I’m releasing a new song early November and it’s in the mix, somewhere 🙂