FRENCH ELECTRONIC PRODUCER YUKSEK ANNOUNCES NEW ALIAS, DESTIINO
We’re all for new aliases that are fun and exciting! People know French electronic producer Pierre-Alexandre Busson as Yuksek. However, now he reveals the first details of his new alias, Destiino. Sharing the inaugural taster of the project, Destiino’s debut single, ‘Afsila’ is out now via Chloé’s Lumière Noire Records. ‘Afsila’ is the first track taken from a soon to be released EP of the same name on February 19th. Are you ready for this? I have to say, this is pretty exciting!
Of course, there’s got to be a backstory to all of this! The origins of the project and Yuksek’s tormented alter-ego of Destiino revert back to 2017. For instance, the Rheims-born electronic producer was invited to take part in a unique experiment – a residence at visual artist Xavier Veilhan’s Studio Venezia. The installation, as part of The 57th Venice Biennale, invited musicians to make use of its instruments in order to compose live in front of an audience. That’s pretty neat!
The spontaneity and improvising nature of the experience inspired Yuksek. As a result, Yuksek returned home with a new sonic focus to push the limits of his artistic boundaries, break conventional creative processes, and surrender to spontaneity by recording improvised tracks in one sequence on his armada of analog machines.
Thoughts on Destiino
“Destiino is Yuksek’s alter ego, it came out straight from the synthesizers PCB, without over thinking. It’s the result of lonely recording sessions when I pushed the ‘stop recording button’ when exhausted. It also came out of public recording sessions at Xavier Veilhan exhibition in Venice Biennale. I could hardly describe the style, but I can only say that it’s most of the time one shot recording, nearly no editing, like sur-realist’s automatic writing, like joy in the machine.” – Destiino
Yuksek then spent his time embarking on a series of experimental music sessions between Venice and Yuksek’s studio in Rheims. The result very almost wasn’t released By his own admission, Yuksek didn’t quite know what to make of the unclassifiable tracks. For instance, Yuksek believes these comprised both of pieces that were too moody for dance-music labels and others that were too club-focused for more experimental imprints. It was with Lumière Noire, a label that defies classification, that the project found an open ear. We are sure glad that this project found life!
Label boss Chloé shares an equal love and inclination towards shifting away from club formatted sounds. In addition, she holds a deep appreciation for narrating stories with music. As a result, Yuksek created edited versions of his recordings which withhold the desired raw musical feel. As time-progressed and ideas between the two artists were exchanged and flourishing, the Destiino project was born.
The project includes dark atmospheres and frantic melodies conjured by the unmistakable aura of analog hardware. These create a body of music that encompasses experimental sounds from lo-fi, to electronica, cinematic scores, and acid-tinged techno. Ready to listen to this?
With more Destiino music forthcoming this year, ‘Afsila’ is out now via Lumière Noire Records.