Infusion stepped in and got to know resident DJ of Zuma Andrien Callier a little better…
Who were your influences in becoming a DJ?
It’s not only about the influencer, it’s how you know I’ve driven by this interest. So the thing is that I’ve always been into music playing piano and drums. As a child, I discovered very early disco and funk, and also classical music. My dad had a private nightclub in our first house and I tried to build a record collection and so that private nightclub he was making mixtapes you know that when he was hosting his friends the music didn’t stop.
When it was costing his friend the music didn’t stop and now it can sound of the totally out of the technology putting tracks together as blank space. I started to listen to these and The Bees Gees and many artists
You initially played the piano for 10 years and began playing records at 15 how did this come about?
So yeah I was listening to disco I was playing piano and maybe didn’t have the best teacher for it, and the thing is I got a summer job and the store you could buy CD and DVD, I was walking in the store and I had time to tidy up the store saw a DVD called Scratch from a movie director called Dupree’ it was about the turntablist and Hip-Hop culture in the US I watched it and it just clicked you know at the end of my job this what I’m going to buy originally I bought this to scratch and to have fun to make also a style of music to make dense more on the trendy way, so I discovered House music through friends then you start to dig and get records and after that the new technology arrived and you got the ability to connect your laptop to the turntable and so could play on your turntable all your music collection that you had digitally, and this was 15 years ago or 17 years.
The music scene has changed so much since right? And growing up in France what was the music scene like over there.
So Lyon is the second city of France, to be honest, the music scene was quite great because you had a few clubs especially one called L’Ambassade which means in English ‘The Embassy’ which was a very tiny club in English maybe capacity of a 120 people max, but they were bringing all the artist’s from the underground House music such as Kerri Chandler, Masters at War, Peter Vidigar, and DJ Spanky, it was all these musicians who were building the house music at that time.
Right that was the scene at the time?
Yeah that was the scene I was really into on the other side you had every year which is still running now one music festival called Nuits Sonores which has started small almost at the level of the festival like Sónar in Barcelona it was very interesting because no underground not deep into techno, it was one festival in the whole city very original venue, part of the city was all the industrial area which was in the convergence it was like huge parties in factories and old warehouse and with DJ’s like Dennis Ferrer and Laurent Garnier who is one of the pioneers of techno music in Europe.
What does the vibe in the scene in France compare to Zuma and in Dubai in general?
The scene in France can be different from Dubai, I think that Dubai is purely international, so now the scene for that kind of venue like Zuma it is very unique it combines an experience coming from a lot of different department and everybody is quite nailing with what he’s delivering you can go to other venues in Europe or France you may have good food, not the best vibe, other venues will have super cool vibes or DJ’s and not something maybe not relevant in your plate.
So it differs in each locality.
Zuma really combines the perfect dynamic of the experience you can expect from a restaurant and one late at night so the food the service the design which is quite unique we’ve spent a lot of money this year and every year to maintain the cocktails and the bar, so I think that Zuma is a little bit different from anything else especially Zuma Dubai, because we started to develop the music in Dubai 6 years ago and now that we are inspired from the work that we did here and try to develop in the other venue and restaurants.
We see and your sound is defined as Nu-disco which mixes House, Jazz, soul, rock, disco, EDM, and even tribal music. What aspects of your lifestyle inspires you to create this music?
To be honest, I would disagree, Nu-disco is more a 21st-century genre which is inspired by disco, soul, funk, which takes the elements of that style from the 70s and 80s and reinvent it with more heavy synthesizer and what we do here can be very eclectic on the early evening. We can play soul, funk, very loungey house, chill house, hip-hop then we move to a more deep house style of music, but the element of my lifestyle that inspires this is really travelling which is very interesting in House music, is that there are few cities that you can go in the World and you discover subculture of the genre, and I think that Istanbul is very interesting because we have one restaurant there, I’m used to going over there kind of every month to play they really have a strong taste for that music, the taste is so strong that they have also reinterpreted it and you have local artists which produce their own track, bringing their own twist, and creating a new flavor and you have a style called Ethnic House which is a total subculture of the genre, and artist’s such as Acid Polley, Sabo, Ocean vs Orientalis, some of them are from Turkey and it’s a style which is driven by an artist Behrouz who owns a night club called Do Not Sit On Furniture and this is the really the thing I’m digging into at the moment and on the other side you have an artist from South Africa called Black Coffee he’s really into Afro House, African Progressive, he is very unique and trendy, for one of the past two years he’s one of the biggest DJ’s to watch and also I’d recommend him if you don’t know.
For sure, also we’ve listened to your mixtapes from SoundCloud and you exhibit a wide array of styles in your sound from different eras of music which I’ve personally never heard in this style, so can we expect more mixtapes at some point?
Yes so, it’s good you are mentioning because all the wide arrays of music that you have which what I was explaining to you like we play on the early set and the way we welcome our guests at Zuma and all that selection and speaks together but from different horizon, different genre, cultures, matching with different decades, so yes you are right, don’t expect more mixtapes but there is a project that we are working on with Zuma and it’s on the finalization and it’s not finalized yet at all, I can’t tell you exactly. It’s gonna be a very unique project because we are going to have synergy with different brands international brands. I think it’s going to be a great experience it is for me and we shall meet again in October to speak about it.