& Hush [Simon Langford & Alex Hush], the production
team hailing from both the UK and Canada has teamed up with
John to bring 2013 a brand new sound. Somewhat soulful, a
little sensitive, and definitely catchy. “C’est
Tout Est Noir“ is a genuine blend of pop and electronic,
combining the best of both worlds.
got the chance to interview the duo about the upcoming release,
they were cool enough to answer all our questions about the
song defined by John as the follow up to ‘I Do What
18, 2012 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Can you tell us
about the collaboration with John Taylor, how it started?
Were you introduced to him by mutual friends in the music
business or you just got in touch and offered him to take
part in the project?
Koishii & Hush: For our album, we had a wish list
of people that we wanted to collaborate with and John was
one of them. We approached him with our idea and luckily he
Duran Duran’s music an influence in your early steps
into music? Were you fans of any of their albums before you
got the chance to work with JT? If so what's you favourite
Alex: I have been a fan of the band since the very
beginning. ‘Rio’ is still my favourite album,
with ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’ and ‘Hold Back
The Rain’ probably being my top songs, but they have
done so many it really is hard to choose.
I started out playing bass and have always been impressed
with John’s playing style, especially on the Notorious
is John a fan of your previous work?
question! You would have to ask John?
will do for sure! You are a quite unique duo as you rarely
work together in the same studio, you actually collaborate
online, Simon is in the UK and Alex in Canada.
Have you operated in this way also for 'C’est Tout est
Noir', I mean, did you actually meet John in a regular studio
to record the track or it was all done virtually?
Partly. We did some of the music together at Simon’s
studio in London and some virtually. John’s vocals were
recorded in LA by Matthew Hager,
who has worked with him before. Once we had the vocals, everything
was completed virtually.
it difficult to complete the work with John who has always
a very busy schedule?
It did take some planning but once everything started
it came together fairly quickly.
you please shed some light about the timing for this project?
When it was recorded and in which side of the world?
initially approached John with our idea in 2010. At that point,
although he was interested, they were working on the AYNIN
album and all his time was devoted to that. I [Alex] met with
John when Duran Duran were in Toronto
in April 2011, and we discussed what direction the
song would take, possible themes etc. We then started work
on the music while Duran continued the tour. When Simon LeBon
unfortunately lost his voice during the European tour, John
returned home to LA and was able to write the lyrics and record
his vocals for us.
was asked by the trance duo Koishii and Hush to apply a little
vocalizing to a dark and tender groove they had been working
Vocals are not my main gig but I approached it as a follow
up to ‘I Do What I Do’, the love song I had contributed
to the ‘Nine 1/2 Weeks’ soundtrack back in the
What was I thinking when I listen to the new track?
For some reason, Les Crane’s ‘Desiderata’
came into my mind (‘Go placidly amidst the noise and
haste..’) in french.
I must have been missing Paris. ‘C’est Tout est
Noir’- ‘Everything Is Black’, is how I translate
it, but I’m sure there could be a few variations. Enjoy.”
came up with the title C’est Tout est Noir’ (Everything
Is Black), was your or John's idea?
That was John’s. We discussed the vibe of what
we were going for, and we created the backing track, leaving
him to go off and write the lyrics.
Are you happy with the vocals provided by John and the main
final mix of the song?
Absolutely. We are delighted with how the finished
track ended up.
Since an international rockstar is involved in the project,
do you think the music will be promoted in a more traditional
way this time round [involving TV and Radio airplay] rather
than then just the indie way trough the web and social networks?
Hard to say. As we are doing it on our own without the backing
of a major label, we know it will not be easy getting mainstream
radio play. We are reaching out to as many people as we can
and are hoping with the great support from Duran Duran fans
we can get the song heard everywhere.
you going to shoot a video for the song [or will you be doing
any photo-shooting for the press] that involves John?
We have had some discussions about doing a video but
currently with John’s schedule with his book promotion
and having a well-deserved break, it is unlikely that he would
be in the video but you never know ;)
The single will be out on January 8, the release comes with
three mixes: Original Mix, Vettenetter Remix and Nat Monday
Vocal Remix. In which formats will the single be released
apart from the digital download? Are vinyl and cd an option
for this particular project?
it stands now, we are only doing a digital release. That just
seems to be the way everything is going, which in many ways
is a shame. Though having said that, if there was enough fan
interest for a cd or vinyl release, we would consider doing
it via a crowdfunding platform such as Kickstarter or Pledge
do you think guys about file sharing and illegal downloading?
Don't you think it kills the hard work of talented musicians
sharing/illegal downloading is the single worst thing ever
to happen to the music industry. We understand that if you
can get something for free, most people will choose that option
because it is as easy as the click of a button. The reality
is by not purchasing the music you like, you are hurting the
musicians involved [...]
There is such a small amount of money to be made, is $0.99
really too much to ask for a song that you enjoy? The same
people would not go into a store and steal something and this
is really no different. Please support the artists who work
so hard to make the music.
will spend $3 on a cup of coffee that lasts a few minutes
but won’t spend 99 cents on a song that could last a
track is the first single from your forthcoming album ‘Odyssey’?
Can you tell us something more about the album, any other
major collaborations besides the Taylor one?
is a concept album that deals with a whole range of emotions.
We have several well-known artists involved ranging from singers
to actors but at this time we are keeping everything top secret?
We can say that it will have a variety of styles but always
remain an electronic album at heart.
love the geometric illustration on the cover of the upcoming
single, who is the graphic designer or artist who draw it?
Was John involved in the visual aspect of the project?
This was a photo taken by German photographer and
art director Nick Frank. We loved
the image and he was kind enough to let us use it. We wanted
to find something that would reflect the tone of the song
and think this gets it perfectly. We had a few different cover
ideas and as we were deciding which to use, we were always
in touch with John.
If Duran Duran would ask you to remix one of their songs,
which one would you choose?
is a tough question. It would be hard to pick as they have
so many great ones and it would be a somewhat scary proposition.
If we had to pick though, ‘Hold Back The Rain’
and ‘The Chauffeur’ from the earlier stuff and
from AYNIN ‘ Blame the Machines’.
in the future for you guys?
the moment, just putting the finishing touches on the album
and planning which tracks will be singles and getting remixes
sorted. After that, probably a nap?
say that c’est tout est noir
I’m with my hand on my heart
I live with things as they are
So much for c’est tout est noir
with my hand on my heart
I live with things as they are
So much c’est tout est noir
a clip of the amazing song here
, the Nat Monday Vocal Remix here
and the Noel Sanger Remix here
& Hush have been making their mark in the world of electronic
music since 2004. As
individuals, Simon has had his own chart success as half of
the trance duo Dreamcatcher, churning out hits like ‘I
Don’t Wanna Lose My Way’ and ‘Twisted’,
both making the UK Top 20, as well as being part of SoulSeekerz,
with their UK Top 20 hit with Dannii Minogue ‘Perfection’.
Alex has worked with several labels and artists including
Hi-Bias, Hiver &Hammer, M.I.K.E. (Push) and Hemstock &Jennings
to name a few, as well as being the driving force behind Hush
Music. It all started in 2004 with their major label debut
single ‘The Promise’ (featuring When In Rome),
then in 2005 with ‘Flow Through Me’ [featuring
actress Meredith Salenger] the first step towards producing
their own tracks had begun. Nowadays, one cannot imagine the
electronic elite without Koishii &Hush.
of their singles made it into the Billboard Top 20, and their
mix CD ‘A Trip In Trance: Classics – Mixed by
Koishii & Hush’ remains a consistent top seller
both on CD and digitally. Koishii & Hush have teamed up
with a number of top artists in their career to date including
Suzanne Shaw [ex HearSay], Amy Jo Johnson, When In Rome, INXS
and others, giving them an audience and credibility beyond
the boundaries of traditional dance music.
evidence of their versatility can be heard in the various
mixes they do under their other guises. As StarChamber, they
produce tracks that have a more down-tempo, chilled out feel.
Producing as V-Groove, a housey vibe comes to the forefront
as a sound that bridges the gap between the nightclubs of
the world and commercial radio. In
addition to their own productions, Koishii & Hush are
in demand for their remix skills and have completed mixes
for Mick Jagger, INXS, Erasure, Cassie, Dannii Minogue, Danny
Elfman, Darren Tate, LoverushUK, and many others.
Tout Est Noir will be available at all good online retailers;
iTunes, Beatport, 7digital, etc. The
release comes with three mixes; Original Mix, Vettenetter
Remix and Nat Monday Vocal Remix.
you can also get the uber cool unisex t-shirt featuring
artwork of the 'C'est Tout Est Noir' single.
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