SHA Interview // The Exquisite Pain Recordings
“La Douleur Exquise” – The pain of loving someone that you know you can never have; by circumstance or subjective decision.
If you take the literal translation of The Exquisite Pain, it won’t come as a surprise to find that it is a home for the deepest regions of house. If you take the SHAkers featured Someone from DJ Yellow, the most reflective tones are spun out for Yota’s vocals to mourn over.
Not only did we think The Exquisite Pain were worthy of a place on our fledgling series, we thought it might be an idea to shine a little spotlight on this fledgling label. We caught up with label owner Mokic recently, just prior to crafting the mix featured on this podcast.
The Exquisite Pain Recordings
First of all, tell us about yourself, who is The Exquisite Pain?
The Exquisite Pain was been created around the middle of 2011; it is a sub-label of my other label Brown Eyed Boyz Records.
For those who aren’t familiar with your releases, what is your musical vision?
This label is a very personal one and because of this, I can release some more personal stuff and not only club oriented tracks..
You’ve been in existence for little over a year, how have you found the last twelve months? Has it been a difficult journey?
The last twelve months have been great; people responded well to the label and I’m very proud of the work done for the last year. The label has been shaping up as I wanted it to, so I’m pretty happy
What treats can we expect to see over the next few months from you, anything exciting bubbling away?
The only thing I can now announce is TEP010 from a very talented Swiss producer called Pascal Viscardi (Release date: Sep 3, 2012 and also responsible for TEP009). The release will include two reworks by German duo Session Victim (Delusions Of Grandeur) .
Who would be your dream artist to sign to your label? A long standing inspiration, a current trailblazer, anyone!
I’m a lucky guy, I run two labels. which are pretty successful. and I’ve been working with dozens of very talented artists. If I have to name only one Ive never worked with yet it would be Mano Le Tough; for example his track called Those Lights Are Lives (Internasjonal) is the perfect reflection of the music I want for TEP.
I also have several names on my shortlist – Kasper Bjorke, Midland, Mano Le Tough to name a few – but it seems to be harder and harder to get artists on board. They are surrounded by managers and most of them have their schedule full for the next year, pretty funny though.
How is the electronic music scene in France nowadays? Has the explosion of David Guetta had an impact, for better or worse?
The French scene is lame; some promoters are trying to do some proper sounds and events in Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux and sometimes here in Marseille, but most of the time, when it come to Deep House, the audience is not very hungry for it. On the other hand you can fill a hotel rooftop with 600 crazy dudes on a Thursday night – that is what we did recently!
I recently experienced the most exquisite pain the morning after celebrating the end of a 3 day long work related conference, do have any tales of amusing instances of injuries – self-inflicted or otherwise? Amusing now, obviously, not at the time!
The name of the label is very important & meaningful for me; I heard it for the first time in the motion picture Vanilla Sky and I have it tattooed on my arm. For me suffering is painful but can be or is exquisite in the meantime, pretty hard to explain. 6 months ago my ex-girlfriend and I broke up – it was very hard for me but it might have been the most inspiring period of my life.