Koudlam creates tropical theme tunes, representative of his innermost thoughts and feelings.
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Electronically weaving together staccato rhythms and beats which overlap to form an incessant tide of choruses, Koudlam's music is moving and soothing. Inspired by every girl that ever broke his heart, the romantic, melancholic undertones of this French Symphonic composer's signature sound are unique, referencing electronic techniques from an eclectic mix of genres. Originally inspired by John Lennon, the Doors, James Ellroy and Ferdinand Hodler, Koudlam's ability to continually reinvent his sound is outstanding. Reluctant to be confined to just one style, his bold explorations of dramatic concepts and methods have attracted a loyal and internationally vast fan-base.
Creating new material predominantly for his own pleasure, unfazed by reviews and criticisms, Koudlam states that his sole reason for making music is to help him understand the world better. By exposing personal pieces of his character through his lyrics, a dream-like quality resonates when reflecting on the non-sensical, confusing aspects buried within each track. As ethereal as he is illusive, i-D Online spoke with the man behind the music about his inspirations and aspirations ahead of the release of the music video for his latest single 'Brother', directed by Frederik Jacobi.
Where and how do you create the bare bones of your new material? I'm a colonialist musician, I steal all the treasures I find from different cultures, for my own personal glory. This is part of my work, but more honestly I am inspired by love and my appetite to discover truth and new creatures.
If you weren't a musician, what other profession might you work in? Good question. I wish I was a volcanologist, an ornithologist, a professional skateboarder or a pro climber. Maybe I will be in the future!
What was the first record you ever bought?
K7: 'Nevermind' by Nirvana.
Vinyl: something harcore and techno.
Your style is evocative, how is it representative of your perspective on life? In part I think it is war-like, I love life and for me that's all that counts.
What are your ambitions for Koudlam? I just hope people love the music. I want to touch everyone. The feelings I pour into my music are the same as everyone else's experiences.
Text Milly McMahon