Tell me about yourself as an artist.
I identify as Key Watch: DJ, producer and event manager/promoter from Montreal, Canada’s francophone metropolis. Outside of the electronic music scene I play guitar for myDirtyhaircut & the Employees.
How do you express yourself through your music?
Elements from my immediate environment — ranging from books, movies and conversations to recent musical discoveries — are a prominent source of inspiration. Essentially, any striking components absorbed from my daily life are subsequently transformed into sound. What influences my music is therefore constantly evolving, to achieve what I hope to be an honest and personal result.
In face, I believe that honesty plays a critical role in music, particularly in the case of DJs: we can never actually fool our public. I kind of see DJing as a seduction game: as a DJ I channel all of my energy into ensnaring a susceptible but capricious crowd into my own musical world. The crowd, reactionary to any influx of sound, senses a lot subconsciously. A dishonest DJ will never master his crowd. An honest DJ — someone who genuinely loves what he’s playing — becomes the leader of the dance. He must be sensitive to his crowd’s primordial pulse. A DJ set is therefore a powerful exchange between an unified audience and its musical conductor.
Unfortunately, the control that a good DJ will achieve can be insidious: power is dangerously addictive. Furthermore, one needs to be careful with the way that this sense of power can affect one’s ego: there is a fine line between healthy motivation and the toxicity of narcissism.
What would you have to say about this exclusive mix for YooDj’s?
In recent years, I can comfortably say that I got the hang of mixing afro music and hip-hop. For me, the real challenge remains in the mastery of house and techno music. Through their hypnotizing simplicity, those two styles can easily lull listeners into a trance-like state. The public will rarely recognize the exact pieces that are played. That’s where the beauty of such music lies. That’s also why I find that house and techno are one of the most difficult types of electronic music to properly deliver. This mix is therefore a way for me to prove myself that I can integrate into a musical world that I deeply respect. In this mix, you will be able to sense my inclinations towards tribal rhythms, minimalism and tonically compatible transitions.
I would like to take a moment to thank YooDj’s for this opportunity to reach out to audiences overseas. My next step would be to mix at prestigious house/techno clubs in Montreal, such as the notorious Datcha.
Daniel Haaksman – Ndalame Ndi Sata
Edu Imbernon – Mayenco
Chicken in a bag – Lobby & DJ Polo
Veerus & Maxie Devine – My Beat
Dennis Ferrer & Skream – Old Yella
Hugo Massien – Ghost Note
Yalessa Hall – Zoe Price
Lützenkirchen – Yoh-Ka!
Dennis Ferrer – Son of Raw
Johnny D – Walkman
Yotam Avni – Pentimento
Andrea Appolloni – Hello Momo! (Original Mix)
Tom Demac – Tabla Track
Skream – An Ode to Mr Smith
Coyu & Edu Imbernon – El Baile Aleman
Key Watch – Snazzy Monkey
Mark Henning – Exit Acid (feat. Dejan)