Ark & Le K (live), Moxx, Digilog
Seen as the pioneer of the new experimental/minimal house style in France over ten years ago with releases on Brif, ARK has gone on to collaborate with and inspire a multitude of today’s established and rising stars across Europe... and the world !
From his origins as guitarist in a number of 80's funk bands, most notably Trankilou, where he hooked up with the legend that is Pepe Bradock and onto the great Matthew Herbert & LoSoul with their first collaboration, 'Belle Lurette' in '99. The 'Alleluyark' EP series from 2003 reaffirmed as his status as chief protagonist of experimental, groove led house and techno. His 2005 Long Player on Perlon, 'Caliente' won him critical acclaim, which is furthered by his more recent works together with Shalom (as Shalark), Krikor (as Krikark), Cabanne (as Copacabannark), Mikael Weill (as Les Cerveaux Lents) and Dolibox. His cannon of remixes is as long as the channel tunnel, reworking the likes of Stephen Beaupre, Mr. Oizo, Archive, Mossa, Salif Keita, Slabb, Krikor, Fym, Cabanne, Robag Wruhme... His new album "Arkpocalypse Now" (Perlon) came out on May 2010, and his latest solo EP "Arkuarium" (Thema021) on October. Learning to play the guitar seemed to be a good way to fight the atrocities of puberty and listening to the recordings of zany Zappa, arsonist Hendrix, and the LSD-inspired cadence of Pink Floyd and George Clinton helped a bit, too. Few music homeworks later, including several stays in Hip-hop, Afrobeat, Blues Rock, Fusion, electro Dub bands, tired of the collaborations, and strongly attracted by the new techno and underground house scene from France and Germany, He decided to immerse deeply into laptop territory and spent a couple of years learning electronic music production.
His breakthrough was primarily due to the underground minimal house Paris scene (Circus Company and Karat) who cheerfully welcomed his productions and attitude in 2006 and contributed to spread the word to the whole scene.
In Autumn of the same year, he was selected to attend the Red Bull Music Academy in Melbourne Australia, a platform for up-and-coming talents, invited over the course of a few weeks to perfect their studio technique and meet professionals. Also part of the talent pool that year were Flying Lotus, Douglas Greed, Daniel Brandt from Brandt brauer Frick, Nina Kravitz, Aloe Blacc, Clara Moto...this event definitely launched Le K in the worldwide electronic network.
Since, as a musician/producer/Dj, firstly trained as poly-style guitarist, he has performed with his avant-garde house and techno project "Le K" in many prestigious clubs and festivals around the world, and has released dance music oriented records on few estimable labels over the last years.
But definitely, stage seems to be his home.
Le K wants to bring on a different kind of live electronic music, creating a crossover between styles, not willing to choose between the club and the stage, the dancing, the tonal complexity and the raw energy. His live set only confirms all this, with as much physical energy thrown into his laptop as aural energy being expelled from the speakers. It's rare to see someone have so much interaction with a computer.
ARK & LE K Live! (Circus Company, Perlon, Karat-FR)
MOXX / (Funkroom-AT)