Music Bugle Exclusive – Q & A – Douran

Artwork for ‘Inertia.’ Courtesy of The Playground PR.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

Parisian electronica producer Douran recently had his “Inertia” single remixed by established electronic artist Gui Boratto.

A fearless blend of retro 80’s and modern house, the track will be featured on Douran’s upcoming EP ‘Avalanche,’ slated to drop in Spring 2021 via Allo Floride Records.

Influenced by the likes of Johan Johansson, Olafur Arnalds and David August, Douran’s music has been featured on YouTube channels like MrSuicideSheep, Dealer de Musique and Progressive Astronaut, with a play count of over 2.6 million across streaming platforms.

Meanwhile, Boratto has racked up 80 million plays across streaming platforms and has played alongside the likes of Moby, Massive Attack and Goldfrapp.

The Music Bugle had the opportunity to talk with Douran about the “Inertia” remix and more.

Music Bugle – What do you attribute your success to? 

Douran – That’s a tough question. (Laughs) I don’t think it’s my place to answer it! However, I would say hard work and dedication mainly and also the chance to have an education and a personal evolution that allows me to have a certain sensitivity.

Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music? 

Douran – It’s definitely the emotional intensity that this style allows me that excites me the most and also the freedom in the composition.

Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians? 

Douran – Both, I think! On the one hand, it’s a magical tool that allows everyone to try their luck and sometimes allows some artists to succeed on their own, but do social networks often put forward the “best” artists or just the ones who make the most buzz? Anyway, it’s so essential in the modern artistic life that you just have to use it the best way you can and ethically, I think!

Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do? 

Douran – “Your passion is waiting for your courage to catch up.”

Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Douran – I confined myself to my studio, so to be honest, this pandemic didn’t really affect my creativity. On the contrary, because suddenly, I had the time to concentrate only on creating without worrying too much about time, etc.. On the other hand, it’s clear that this pandemic is too bad for the music world, so it’s pretty stressing.

Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise? 

Douran – Rob Simonsen, GrandBrothers, Jose Gonzalez, Rone, Niklas Paschburg and Hania Rani.

Music Bugle – What was the moment that made you want to get involved with music?

Douran – Clearly, the music I heard in the cinema and in the films and also of course, some incredible live performance I saw.

Music Bugle – What does today’s music industry need less of? 

Douran – I think it needs less speed and haste. That people take more time to listen, like we used to do in the 70’s and 80’s, when we bought a vinyl and spent the whole afternoon on our bed, just listening. Use music for itself and not only to accompany an activity.

Music Bugle – What do you hope for from the rest of 2021? 

Douran – I have a lot of great projects scheduled for 2021, so I hope for a lot of great things to happen in the rest of 2021!

Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break? 

Douran – It is very easy to answer this question, because I have a place where I always go to recharge my batteries when I need to and it is my country house, an old house located in Charcot in France and which has been in my family for two generations already!

*Photo Credit – Gabriel Ferrante*

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