When it comes to reinvention, electronic music producer Edouard knows it best. Having been part of the French Touch movement of the end of the 90s, his previous project found itself an integral part of Europe’s burgeoning house music scene. Garnering praise among enthusiasts, the group inked a major label deal with BMG, received radio play and appeared on records alongside other French Touch artists such as Philippe Zdar, Etienne de Crécy and Alex Gopher. But as time went on and the landscape changed, he took on new roles: as a solo-exhibited photographer, art historian, engineer, manager in investment banking and even a student of six-time Grammy winner Gary Burton at the Berklee College of Music.
So it should come as no surprise that he would reincarnate once again. His latest rein- vention, Edouard, is an eponymous moniker given to his new electronic solo endeavor, an eclectic blend of Electro, Pop, Dance, House and other electronic styles. Repre- sented by an avatar visage, an artistic rendering of his face, Edouard maintains a level of semi-anonymity, à la Daft Punk or Deadmau5, allowing listeners to focus on the ele- ments of his craft. Armed with electronic instruments and software, some of which he designed himself, he uses his collection of synths and modules to compose tracks that are fashioned for the current times, with a complementary focus on visual art. In addition to his own graphic work, he has asked world-renowned Filip Hodas, who made Equinoxe Infinity’s cover, to design some of his covers. Inspired by French electronic music pioneers such as Daft Punk, Jean-Michel Jarre, Air, Justice, Laurent Garnier, Cassius, Bob Sinclar, Martin Solveig, and Alex Gopher who was involved in the project as studio engineer, Edouard’s debut material will be released in the form of singles and an upcoming EP. His first single “Deja Vu” is energetic and upbeat with feelings of summer; bridging his past musical venture to the present, it sees him reunite on the song with his former collaborator. His second track “Another World”, that harks back to Kraftwerk and early Daft Punk, will be released accompanied by a 3D animated music video. Additionally, he has plans to release an electro cover of Jean-Michel Jarre’s “Chronology, Pt. 3,” which was recently approved by the founding father of French Touch himself.