Interview with funk-infused electronic musician ManfroP

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A man that loves house music and its noteworthy origins, Manfrop is a highly skilled music producer that aims to keep the inviting tone of disco music alive. His latest single ‘Number Two’ with the intoxicating vocals of noteworthy collaborator Jessie Wagner,  adds an addictive call to the dancefloor energy to the mix. A lively and spirited release via Riptide Originals, the producer keeps proving to us that disco will always have a place and space in the world of electronic music. We asked the dedicated producer and songwriter some questions about his influences in this interview below.

Stream/ download: ManfroP – ‘Number Two (ft. Jessie Wagner)’

This will be your next release featuring the vocals of Jessie Wagner. How did you two meet?

Actually, I never met Jessie Wagner …Two years ago, I was looking for a big house/female voice for my first disco/house track. Then a friend of mine (Jerry Aura/also a DJ) recommended that I check Jessie Wagner’s profile. He was right, she’s the singer I just needed. So I contacted her through the website called SoundBetter, the ‘Givin’up’ track was born this way.

Since then, we have collaborated on three other songs, such as ‘Number Two’. One of my main goals is to meet her for real and have her sing live on my tracks.

Tell us about your earliest musical memory?

It’s actually my first house music memory: Joe Smooth – ‘Promised Land’

 This track is disco-influenced, what are your favourite elements of this genre?

I love disco for two reasons. 

  1. For what it represents: it’s the first real account of dance music that massively influenced people to move on the dance floor. With ‘Number Two’, I tried to pay tribute to the mythical Studio 54 era, which will always symbolize joy, celebration, and freedom.
  1.  I also love disco because of its amazing groove. In my opinion, this groove is the source of the greatest house hits and obviously the source of my disco/house tracks. My favourite musical elements in disco are the guitars and the violins, which are always so pleasant to transpose to house music.

Please list some of the most influential albums on your creative outlook and output:

Quincy Jones – The Dude

Michael Jackson – Thriller

Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses

Daft Punk – Discovery

What key pieces of gear/software are you using to define your sound?

I use only software on my computer: 

– Daw (Ableton live)

– A lot of samples

– Plugins effects (Waves, Fabfilter)

– Vst synth (Serum, Sylenth1)

What inspires you outside of music? What do you turn to when the creative well runs a little low?

Sport. I exercise every day: fitness, bodybuilding and running for 1 hour, whether I’m inspired or not.

What is your opinion on the ever spreading sub-genre vine? Are there too many? Do you think there’s perhaps a sub-genre that doesn’t get the attention it deserves?  

In my opinion, there are not too many sub-genres. Electronic music should have no limits but I think there is no need to try to classify music every time. Just listen to what you like.

Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, what do you prefer?

The best experience is when fans dance along with my tracks.

As a music artist, it becomes apparent that there is a huge difference between the art and the business. Is there anything about the music scene that you would personally change?

Yes, of course. There is a huge difference between the art and the business. But the music business is just like all other businesses and we have to deal with it.

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar? Who shouldn’t the world sleep on?

Antoine Chambe.

One last thought to leave your fans with?

Life is music and music is life.

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