Having recently discovered Hungry Music — and of course digging it — it was my pleasure to catch up with artist and one of the founders, Worakls. After learning piano at age three and spending time at the Conservatory, the French artist took the avenue of electronic music. Our brief chat offered his thoughts on the difference between Montreal and France, what it’s really like focusing on both the label and himself as an artist, and advice for aspiring producers.
We’re here in Montreal, and you’ve been here before. How is it different from France?
► Super different. For us French, [Montreal] looks a little bit like the USA in a general way. Plus, it’s much colder; we’re not used to that.
There’s probably not as much English in France as there is here in Montreal.
► No, definitely not. The people get to know more and more how to speak English but it’s super French there.
You’ve been traveling a lot recently. What’s the hardest part about traveling from place to place when each country is so different?
► It is different but fortunately it’s not hard. It is hard in terms of being tired all the time but otherwise I’ve been super lucky. Every time I go somewhere, I have friends there and it’s awesome so I don’t need to complain.
Is there anywhere you haven’t gone yet where you’d like to go?
► I’ve never been to Asia or Australia and South America. I would love to visit the whole world. I think my management is already planning an Asia tour. I was supposed to go last year, but we had a problem with the visa so I couldn’t, but I think this time will be okay.
What are some of the challenges balancing label things and growing yourself as an artist? Do they feel like two separate things?
► Actually no, it’s not like that. I think we are really connected — the four of us — N’to, Joachim, Stereoclip, and myself. We are really connected to the label and it actually creates some kind of synergy, more than two different projects. Everything that’s happening, good news for an artist, is good news for the label itself. It’s not like two different projects or more work or anything like that. We can do whatever we want to do and at the end it creates some kind of synergy that makes us stronger.
What advice do you have for aspiring producers trying to get something on a label?
► For myself, I try to be very tough with myself saying that if I wasn’t known and not getting enough gigs, it was because my music was not good enough. But I would not recommend that to anybody because it’s very hard to live like that. I think the most important is two things, to be passionate and to work hard. I think if you really do that and make some sacrifices along with it — like not going out every day because you have to work— you can, and if you do that, everybody can be successful I think.
Cool. Thanks so much, and I hope to see you in Boston sometime soon. You actually just played a sold out show at House of Yes in New York, right?
► Yes, it was amazing. It was really cool. I really hope we can do more US tours, now that we have the visas.