LAMP Weekly Mix #137 feat. Giom
Although we’re not entirely sure how old he is, we believe that Giom is wise beyond his perceived years. This professional drummer turned house producer/aficionado has been making a steady rise in the scene bringing an ever growing base of dance-happy fans along for the ride. Patience is a virtue that Giom exudes with a casual but confident sensibility particularly, as one who spent the first 7 years of his producing career writing demos before submitting anything to labels. It’s this dedication to his craft along with his commitment to learning the tools needed to create his music that makes him a much sought after producer. Pioneering and perfecting his sound with each new original (along with his countless remixes for some house music’s biggest names), this French born London based artist has humbly built and solidified his name in this latest generation of electronic musicians. As his focus has turned towards building out his own label Supremus, we will continue to see an evolution in his creativity as he begins to partner with other musicians with a diversification in genres and styles. Our own MR PUZL had the distinct honor of asking Giom a few questions about his career and the root of his passion for music. Enjoy 😉
MR PUZL: Welcome to our LAMP Weekly Mix series Giom! We’re enamored with this mixtape, and the tracklist is chalked full of new material. Tell us a bit about the tracks you chose, especially those Pete Dafeet tunes.
Giom: Thanks for having me guys, very glad you like the mix. Yeah there’s a fair bit of new stuff in there, and also some stuff that came out a while ago and may have gone unnoticed… Regarding the 2 Pete Dafeet tracks, they’re both part of The Afterlife EP, his comeback EP which I’ll be putting out on my label Supremus in September. It’s a banging’ deep and chunky 4-tracker that also features a stunning remix by Mr Harry Wolfman. I used his remix as the closing track on this mix, so you can hear it there.
MP: Congrats on your latest remix package ‘Supremixes Vol. 01’ ! How did you go about selecting these producers to be apart of the inaugural release?
Giom: I’ve been a massive fan of all these guys for years so I was delighted when they agreed to take part in this project. Suddenly being in the executive producer chair meant I could select who I thought was going to do a great job for each track. And they all did. That’s a great feeling.
MP: You’ve had the fortunate experience of professionally drumming for the likes of Alice Russel, Kasabian and The Nextmen. How did you initially get into drumming? What other instruments do you enjoy playing?
Giom: The drums are my main instrument and the reason why I’m a musician and a producer. I decided I wanted to play drums after watching ACDC’s Live at Donington on VHS when I was 13. Shortly after that I moved on to different styles of music, different drummers and discovered a guy called Jeff Porcaro, who used to drum for Toto and is also features on hundreds of 70s/80s hit records. The reason he is featured on so many records was not his ability to do drum solos, but his incredible sense of groove! I hate drum solos… So anyway i started collecting records he was on and that’s how my digging addiction started. Which eventually led to a super solid sample collection used in a lot of my own music. I don’t really play any other instrument, just a little bit of keyboards. And Ableton.
MP: Being well versed in studio sessions as a live musician do you feel this helped in your progress of learning how to produce with DAWs and other digital software? What were some of the earliest hurdles you overcame when you began producing your own music?
Giom: Absolutely. I was already into very basic dance music production in the early 2000s and in 2001 joined a band called Transcargo. Incredibly, we somehow inherited a studio space previously owned by Stock Aitken & Waterman (the landlord was a friend of our singer) and basically moved there for the next 4 years and all we did was jam, record and produce our own music. It was hilarious, we had this huge, state of the art empty studio space with hardly any equipment in it, but we gradually bought loads of stuff and brought it in. I learnt so much from those sessions and by watching Anthony, the guitarist/main producer of the band. We were working on Pro Tools but I would then go home and apply those tricks to my own stuff on Reason/Cubase. Like everybody else it took me a while to be satisfied about my work, which I genuinely thought was dreadful. I wrote demos for 7 years before sending stuff to labels.
MP: You have your own label called Supremus Records that predominantly features your own work, along with collaborative projects, but also highlights other producers that pique your interest. How do you decide what work of your own to send to other labels versus keeping them for Supremus?
Giom: At the moment I have a very particular idea of what I want to release on Supremus, and that takes all my focus. I’m not currently working with any other labels in mind but overall, I’d say that Supremus is for the well produced, sophisticated side of house as opposed to straight raw bangers.
MP: You seem to be selective about whom you feature on the imprint. What was it about artists like Palmer or Anonimaly that motivated you to work with them?
Giom: These guys were very easy to work with, and they all agreed to work for free, so that’s awesome! Joke aside, Palmer is me doing Nu Disco stuff and Anonimaly a collab with my old friend Vinz (we used to be called Bobby & Klein back in the day).
MP: Earlier this year you collaborated with Warp Academy to host a live production class called ‘Producing House Music in Live 9’. What was that experience like for you and your students? Would you consider doing something similar to this again and possibly more often in the future?
Giom: I absolutely loved doing this and will be doing plenty more in the future without a doubt. This particular webinar was a success so me and the guys from Warp Academy are currently working on a follow-up. I love this remote teaching/coaching thing and love sharing what I know with other people. I currently give private lessons to a few students, some in France, Switzerland, Mexico, Turkey… It’s a lot of fun.
MP: You’ve lived in London for over 18 years, and it seems like that tally will continue to go up. Did you ever imagine you’d end up being there for so long?
Giom: Not really. Although to be honest I didn’t really imagine anything back then, I was just happy making music and see where that would take me. The only thing I did know is that I wouldn’t live in Paris. It’s a lovely looking place, though.
MP: You mentioned back in an interview with Deepalma in January that fabric is one of your favorite venues in London. I’m sure you’re aware of the unfortunate news regarding the club’s indefinite closure. Being a frequent patron and advocate of the club, do you feel like they are being treated to harshly? How are your friends and peers reacting to the news?
Giom: When something as tragic as the death of these kids happens, of course the club will get the blame. But is it the club’s fault if they did what they did? I’m devastated. We all are. But maybe something good can eventually happen from this.
MP: According to Wikipedia your hometown of Niort boasts the tallest TV tower in the country (it’s even apparently taller than the Eiffel Tower!). If you could take over an hour of TV programming to broadcast nationwide in France what would you choose to feature?
Giom: I wasn’t even aware of that, thanks for the tip! If I could broadcast anything for an hour, it’d be the Doobie Brothers live in Santa Barbara in 1982. Everyone needs to hear how slick a band can be.
MP: You’ve expressed a love for a variety of different music genres, and in particular work by the Doobie Brothers. Do you have a favorite track or album of theirs you usually listen to? Do you have a favorite British rock band from the same era?
Giom: I love the Doobies and especially the Michael Mcdonald era. He’s my hero. His voice is like medicine, it makes me smile as soon as I hear him. I love all the hits + the non hits + his solo work + all the smooth AOR stuff of the same era, Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs etc… No British rock band of the same era can compete though I’m afraid, but a brand new one can: they’re called PREP and they’re releasing their debut EP next month on B3SCI. Watch out.
MP: When touring/traveling what is one thing you cannot leave your home without (besides your music :P)?
Giom: My glasses.
01 Reinier Zonneveld Feat. Cari Golden – Things We Might Have Said – Stil Vor Talent
02 D.Y.A. – Do It – Solide
03 Doza – Zuiko – Sublevel
04 Worst Case Case Scenario – Hot Beef – Rekids
05 Collective Machine – Fouk (Ellroy Remix) – Aula
06 Josh Love – Komodo (Ben Grunnell Remix) – EP Digital Music
07 DJ Glen & Nana Torres Feat. Sergy – The Mirror (Tim Baresko Remix) – Cuff
08 Right Jab – Brown (Outstrip Remix) – Rezongar Music
09 Anthony Attalla – One Two Three – Snatch!
10 Pete Dafeet – Polar Bear – Supremus
11 Icarus – October – White
12 Funf Sterne Deluxe – Schund (Super Flu’s No Champier Mix) – Monaberry
13 Pete Dafeet – Fear (Harry Wolfman Remix) – Supremus
Check out more from Giom below and enjoy the mix!