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FKJ created the perfect post-pandemic summer album with Vincent


You collaborate with big names on this album, like Carlos Santana. How did it go remotely?

Little Dragon was all online. All of this while WhatsApping back and forth and transforming the song as you go. And Santana was the very last. The album was finished – the album was even sent to the vinyl press. It was really different because he’s a legend, so it’s more like the managers talking and he sent me 10 takes he did on “Greener.” Then I just cut it out and did my own thing and sent it back, approved.

Why did you first train as a sound engineer for the cinema before embarking on the creation of your own music?

I was learning to write music on my own, and it was a language that I learned very easily. But the sound is another thing. The sound is more like science, it’s more complicated. I thought the best way to learn it was to go to a sound engineering school and learn the science of sound: why sound is so important in music and how sounds affect and influence us our way of listening, how a well-mixed sound triggers emotions in us more than a badly mixed sound.

How do you maintain a soulful touch in your music, while using many high-tech tools to manipulate the sound?

I’m really passionate about both – composition as well as more technical sound design. I don’t see myself running out of ideas, because there’s just too much, with those two things combined, that can be done. It’s infinite. The sound design is one hell of an inspiration. If I only have a classical guitar for a month and don’t have another instrument, at some point I’ll probably get bored and lose my inspiration. But if I just put a pedal on this guitar that has a vibrato effect, coupled with a chorus or whatever the pedal does, then that opens things up. This creates a whole new wave of inspiration with this same instrument.

Has your style changed since you moved to the Philippines, living away from the city?

The only reason I really like going back to Paris is that I really like dressing up [in outerwear]. In the Philippines, I can never wear a jacket, for example. Since I’ve been here, I’ve just been trying to find lighter materials, focusing more on t-shirts, a bit of jewelry and pretty pastel colors. When I get back to Paris, I just pack my suitcase with all these different jackets that I haven’t worn in so long, and I can finally put them back on.