The objective of this interview is to know a little about Solberjum and his new single “Roads”. In the past, he has been part of different electronic music projects, but nowadays he stands outs through his solo career. However, the Parisian DJ & Producer is not alone. He is also the founder of Broderskab, a collective of French artists on the rise!
1 – Can you remember when you first decided to form Broderskab?
I always had a feeling that something was missing in my music career and I wasn’t able to fill this gap. Like most producers, we spend too much time working alone in our studio and we’re totally disconnected from the regular world. It’s also difficult to connect with people around us when they don’t understand what you do and why you do it.
A year ago, I was thinking after having worked for more than ten years in this industry, I have developed knowledge from my experience & network. The question was how to make all these assets contribute to a project in order to create something strong and reliable. After having shared my thoughts with my friend Madara, who I have known for many years, we came up with the idea of creating a team, where people with the same vision could share their forces, talents, networks, and knowledge. The idea wasn’t initially clear in our minds like it is now, but this is how we decided to create Broderskab & now I can say the further we progress, that feeling of having a gap in my life is now disappearing.
2 – When and how did you learn to produce music?
I started to produce music very late, compared to the other music producers who start to produce in their teens. I started to produce music at 27 and it was expensive to create a decent set up to produce professionally. Today you just need a computer etc. and for the younger generation, it’s easy to find cracked VST’s or plugins. At my time, it was difficult to find somebody to teach you how to produce or mix, compared to today where you can find tons of tutorials which saves a lot of time.
I had the chance to meet cool producers that taught me the basis of how to use a daw. I have made a huge step forward from 3 years ago when I met Dr. Shiver from Art&Music Recording, and when I signed to his record label, he started to teach me how to produce on a higher level and how to mix/master. I’m still learning but I can say that today I have achieved a professional and competitive sound.
Before Solberjum, K-ees (prounced Kaïs) was my stage name. My friends gave me the surname of Cassis (blackcurrant fruit in French) which sounded close to my artist name. In the past, I have performed around the world wearing this name under my duo group Starz Angels. After 8 years of performing with Starz Angels, we parted ways and I needed to restart with something fresh. It’s always hard when it comes to finding an artist name, there are so many names out there.
I wanted to go with “Cassis” but the problem was when you type this name on Google you have a bunch of random results. My friend Sylvain came back to me saying “Yo Samir, I found a cool translation for ‘cassis’ in Icelandic, it’s Solberjum”, my first reaction was, “oh I like it and it sounds weird at the same time” which was perfect for me.
4 – How would you describe the sound of your new track “Roads”?
It’s not easy to describe your own sound, but if I try to be objective, I would say that “Roads” is a Bass House track with a cinematic mood. It has this fresh sound with a deep and underground feeling. When I listen “Roads” I can easily project my mind to some video footage.
5 – Did you use samples and presets on “Roads”?
I have used samples that I use to put in my production, like my drum kits. Referring to the main bass sound I started from a preset and I tweaked it in order to make it sounds unique.
6 – How much time did it take you to complete this production?
It was quick for me to finish this one because I was inspired. I would say 2 days for the full track, and 1 day for the final touch.
It wasn’t supposed to be a free download, but my buddy Beowülf who is also in the Broderskab album “Fondation” made me realize that our music was made for DJs, and if we are honest, most of the DJs don’t buy music. They get it from promotional agencies or they download it for free on pirate websites. I know it’s sad to say that but this is the truth, regular listeners stream their music now and the only person who downloads the music are DJs because they have to do it to add it to their DJ set. So, we thought that it would be a better move to allow people to download it in high quality in exchange to ask them to follow us on social media.
8 – Do you plan to perform live anytime soon?
Yes, I’m going to Miami Music Week and following that a trip to Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas and we’re starting to present Broderskab live. We also plan to organize parties with our crew in many cities across the world. It’s better to follow us on our socials or to get more info on our website www.broderskab.com
When I was younger I wanted to become a music star, and for this reason, during my journey, my head was focused on the future and what I had to do to achieve my dream. Today I know it was a mistake because acting like that made me lose the magic of the present, and not enjoying what we had achieved until now. I also know because of my experiences that my dream to become a superstar can’t be a goal because this is not something that can make you happy in life, it’s a mirage. I would suggest to the young generation to dream to have a successful business and to enjoy it, and you will never have the feeling of a missed dream.
Today I’m able to make the difference between to work in the music industry and be a music star, which wasn’t clear in my head before. This is why it was and it still is a dream for me to work in music.