DOUGLAS PISTERMAN

unnamed-3CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your music, what would it be and why?

DP: I think it would be a mix of latin music, 90’s pop music and some soul from the 70’s, but I like to say it’s just pop as I try to mainly focus on the melodies 🙂

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

DP: Movies are a big inspiration for me. I particularly love some 70’s horror movies, like Dario Argento’s movies or Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan. I draw inspiration from esthetics that immerse you in a weird universe, like Moebius’s Arzach , Regis Loisel’s Peter Pan or Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland.

CH.89: What inspired you to start making music?

DP: My brother did, when I was 7 , he gave me the references and an instrument in my tiny hands. But also it’s the communication abilities that music creates. It’s incredible to be able to speak the same language as everyone else with sound.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new track?

DP: It usually starts from a melody which I arrange and then rearrange until I’m satisfied to move to the next part. I try to start with an atmosphere before a musical genre.

CH.89: What would you want people/ the listener to take from your music?

DP: I’d just love to transport them to another place, make them meet in an unknown dreamt place but also make them groove to the bone whilst doing it !

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

12380946_989949894406242_1500925059_oDP: I currently live in London. I’m studying and working on different musical projects like the band Cabuco or accompanying artists like Flo Morrissey and Kelly Lee Owens for gigs. It’s quite fun, I still get to make ends meet. It’s just incredible to be able to do what I love!

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

DP: I think both are valuable, it can be really good to start from impulse but eventually you start seeing where you want to go with this. I like to mix both practices, sometimes, something inspires me to go in a particular direction and then I just go with it.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist?

DP: Keep trying to make good stuff and don’t be too precious about it !

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

DP: Well I guess it can be relevant for the person involved but I think you’re already you without your taste or style, and also it’s good to be open to new things 🙂

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

DP: To keep confidence in your work, to make it as interesting as you can while not looking back too much on what you’ve done.

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

DP: Creating ! But in this way, everyone is an artist !

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artists that inspire you in any way?

DP: Loads of them ! I’m a huge fan of Arthur Verocai’s arrangement but also I love Connan Mockassin’s persona and melodies and J Dilla’s grooves ! Appart from music I really love Matthew Barney’s Cremaster ! They all inspire me in the sense that they defy common music or art to create an entire coherent universe.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

DP: I think it’s great to have as many tools as we have now. I think it’s helped a lot of creative people develop without the need to have an excessive amount of money or gear, which is awesome. I do prefer the physicality of the instrument to the computer, but I still use both.

Artwork douglas pisterman - copie 2CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

DP: I don’t think the fact of being an “artist” does that. Everyone sees the world in a creative way. I believe that every path can be creative as long as you want it to be, there’s no strict definition of a creative type in my opinion.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

DP: Yes, I love traveling. I wish I could do it more ! I think my favorite city is Kyoto, I went there for the wedding of one of my brothers and it’s just the pace, this slow relaxing pace which makes you notice every little detail you encounter.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

DP: My favorite author is Antoine de Saint Exupéry and my favorite book from him is “Terres des Hommes”, it’s an incredible story !

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your music?

DP: To release more tracks, to play more and well to have fun 😉

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?

DP: “Maria, Três Filhos” by Milton Nascimento.

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

DP: To express as much and as truly as you can who you are, what you think and to try to connect, to talk with people with your art.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your music?

DP: Not much, but this video that Adrien Fonda just directed for me pretty much sums it up.

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