Q&A 010 – S3A Sampling As An Art

“It is the great place of all inspiration where unicorns blow notes, rhythm and rainbow shits in my back”


For our tenth interview we sat down with French producer and DJ S3A, part of the Concrete team in Paris. He has released music on the likes of 4Lux, Hold Youth, Local Talk and, obviously, Concrete Music. His name S3A stands for “Sampling As An Art” – the best description for his unique style of production: 4/4 House that goes straight to your Heart and Brain.

First of all, as we will be talking about ‘downstairs’, what’s the first thing that comes in to your mind when you hear that word?

My studio actually. I bought a flat with my wife and I had the chance to find an old boutique. I put my studio in the basement. It is the great place of all inspiration where unicorns blow notes, rhythm and rainbow shits in my back. I should de-rat I guess… But the smell is the cost of great tracks.

Talking about music and your work, tell us about your favourite downstairs venue you’ve played / been to, whether in London or elsewhere. Why was it special?

It was in my birth town in France. In those regions the buildings are very old like 18/19th century. Basements were the only place we could play loud in town.It was the good time where I lived alone with my mum. Kissing girls and smoking cigarettes… I stopped both since…

What differences would you make to your set for a basement gig compared to an outdoor / terrace / festival one?

Sweating for sure! In fact no… But when I think of it, I sweat all the time during gigs giving my whole body to the audience… Next question please.

Do you get a different feeling whilst playing in such different venues?

The walls sweat with me, I love this feeling, when the party start to begin in a real physical experience. When everybody goes topless… it makes great souvenirs.

Could you tell us about three of your most essential ‘downstairs’ tracks?

Well , it is not clearly a track I heard in a basement, but, it could be… Very underground german post goa vocal techno song … beautiful and classy.

HGich.T – Tutenchamun

For my US and Miami influences:

And my love for Hiphop :


Talking a little bit more about yourself, what’s the most unique or interesting experience you’ve ever had while below ground level?

There were lot of people, all was hot and stinky with roaming sounds. Passing time hearing noises, touching knobs and making sounds… Hummmmm… Everybody was tipsy and very exited with majority of men … It was our common studio inauguration with Zadig in 2008…

If you had a basement, what would you hide in it?

Politicians, but alive. All alive.

And finally something that involves your creativity. Could you draw anything that comes into your mind when you think about ‘downstairs’?

Ok, here I will stop bullshits… ehehe .. I am actually preparing my first live for the Weather Festival. So, I have to find my organisation during repetitions and practice… making adjustment …. all is still not definitive but, here is the actual organisation.


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