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French musician Antoine Chambe has shared his latest single ‘Breathing Underwater’ with the divine vocals of American R&B musician Jimmy Burney. The track is slated to feature on Chambe’s forthcoming album Riverside which will be released on the 3rd of June via Roy Music. The album title pays homage to the time the musician spent living in California. Inspired by retro electronic elements in the sounds of acts like The Weeknd and Daft Punk, Antoine Chambe crafts his own unique sound in the French pop music scene with this emotion-packed and atmospheric single. We look forward to what the rest of the album will showcase, after chatting with dedicated and sincere talent Antoine Chambe below.
Looking back, what were some of your earliest entries into music appreciation? And music production?
I’ve always listened to a lot of music, mainly rock when I was younger. At 17, I started to record some guitar lines for an electronic music producer and he taught me how to produce electro.
Please tell us more about how your latest release/project was conceived.
4 years ago I had the luck to live for 6 months in Riverside, CA (USA) and I’ve been very inspired by the feel-good energy and sunny Californian vibe. Back in France, I’ve tried to recreate that feeling in my songs in order to create my debut album which will be released on the 3rd of June.
Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?
I don’t have a special routine when producing. It depends on my inspiration, but most of the time I’m taking extra care of the combo drums + bassline. When they fit perfectly you know you’re going to have a good groove and hook.
How did you and Jimmy Burney meet and decide to create this new song?
We’ve been in touch through the internet. I was looking for a special type of vocal sounding a bit like Ebenezer / The Weeknd. Jimmy is a very talented and experienced songwriter and he perfectly understood my idea, and he produced a great topline. We met in person only recently in Los Angeles.
How much do you invest in how your music is received upon release?
I’m producing music mainly for myself and when I’m releasing a song I’m just as happy to share it. When I receive feedback obviously it touches me – both good and bad. I’m trying to avoid letting that influence my way of producing.
Your latest song ‘Breathing Underwater’ speaks about toxic relationships. How have you overcome or avoided them in your life?
Ahhh, I’m not sure that I’m good at handling this, but I think producing music allows me to express it. This may sound cliché but music is really a therapy!
What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?
I got a message from Robin Schulz after releasing my song ‘Make Me Alive’. He told me he really like it and he also asked me to send him the master of the song so he can play it. It was such a great recognition!
Are there any key non-musical influences on your sound and creative process?
My mood and the environment around me impact my productions.
Do you have any information regarding upcoming releases, projects, DJ mixes or collaborations in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?
I can’t wait to share my debut album Riverside. I had the luck to work with famous artists such as Cimo Frankël, Jimmy Burney… and also with talented upcoming bands (Helsa and Tomode), and even with my little sister Juliette.
‘Breathing Underwater’ features on POP_GROUND.fm
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