Exploring the Electronic Soul of Gelivan

The basis is in movement, being outdoors in the fresh air and relaxing in the sunlight: that's Gelivan and his way of transforming real world sonority into electronic music

Hi Gelivan. Can you please introduce your project to our readers?

I started as a discrete DJ being almost more active online than offline, with the Eclectic Soul podcast, running with irregularity from 2009 (42 episodes so far). Did also a couple other mix series, like the instrumental one No Words Needed, very cool for studying and working I guess. Listening and compiling music naturally led me to make my own at some point. I self-released my first album in January 2017 on Bandcamp, titled “mouvement du sentiment“. I know we like to label things and if I have to do it for my music, I’d say trip hop though it seems to me to be a genre we often say for electronic stuff that isn’t techno or house.

How do you compose and where did you get inspiration for your music?

I use Ableton Live and Maschine, and I add sounds from the real world using a classic guitar, kalimbas, field recordings, any kind of media samples from radio shows to films and music, my voice, musician’s takes. Inspiration can come from anything, like traveling, a movie – and now I’m finding that showing up daily, especially early in the morning and after sport is the key. Movements and being outdoor, fresh air, sunlight, relaxing – that’s now the basis. Also the work and interviews from Richard Linklater really touched me.

Which artists have influenced your style & sound, if any?

Kinda hard to tell precisely. But the one that comes to mind are Bonobo, Synkro, Blockhead, Sixfingerz, Yosi Horikawa, Daisuke Tanabe and Bambooman. Oh and my friend Barnaby Carter. Project Mooncircle, and o called future garage stuff and broken beat maybe.

Tell us something about your last production!

So there’s an EP forthcoming October 25 on the baby label Diffract Records. It’s called Rodalquilar Sessions and it’s four very different tracks, with vocals from myself and Pierre Citron from Brussels. We recorded the core of the project in a week in Rodalquilar when I was housekeeping for a friend, taking care of the dog and the garden. Beautiful times, last Spring.

Do you plan to have a tour in the next future? Tell us something about your next shows!

Nothing planned at the moment, except the release party for the EP and label launch. It’s happening at Central Station on October 27. Very cool spot in the supa nice quartier des Grottes just next to Geneva’s train station. My friend who’s investing much time and energy and money for this project (also making a video clip) wants us to present the EP live, so it will be the first time ever I’ll take the mic in such context. Never planned this. It’s cool cause it pushes me out of my comfort zone. I think rapping (though I can’t call myself a rapper at all), let’s say just dropping words publicly like this, is a very good way to cultivate a care-free attitude, which is much valuable in everyday life.

Then, as I’m working more with Maschine, standing up and detaching from the screen, I’m thinking of working out a kind of live set with room for improvisation. Let’s see.

What’s the coolest live act in Genève?

Honestly I don’t go out very often these times. But first that comes to mind, even if I haven’t seen them live, is Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp. Must be something for sure.

What’s the best live music show you’ve seen recently?

Same, it’s been a long time. Let’s ask the memory… oh yeah, it was a semi-acoustic intimate show in my friend’s barbershop WOOD in Geneva. I actually set up the gig for Long Tall Jefferson that I met when I was visiting a friend who was working in a bar in St-Moritz. He played there. Later when I reached him for the gig, he was touring with the French band Talune. They’re really good, we got very lucky to have them in such context.

Tell us something about your best and your worst memory on the road.
I don’t like much bringing back memories actually, good or bad. Just what is useful. Let’s live the present !

What do you think of Livetrigger.com?

I think it’s really cool to get an interview, so thank you for doing that. It’s a great way to promote LiveTrigger and push the community member’s to create some interesting content. There aren’t much users in my area at the moment but I look forward to use it on the road when I’ll be traveling and living elsewhere, maybe set up a little tour as I wander around.