Interview with the Man Behind ‘The Quest’, Mod X
What would be your most well known commercial?
It's a good thing to talk, but one has to act when the moment comes. I am an action man
Your first releases were 'Home Kickin'' and 'I Am An Angel'. What were they like/style?
'The Quest' is a bit of a housey, trance, world mash-up with a repeated chant of 'Revolution is a Flower'. Were the student Paris riots in the mix for the inspiration for this?
'Revolution is a Flower' is about conflictual relations between those who have the power and those others who don't. Don't misunderstand me, I'm not calling for a revolution! It's just that the flower shows how fragile things are. What I mean is that a revolution can be due to nothing really. Just a little detail. To be more specific the flower here is a carnation. It comes from this story of an old lady who was selling dried carnations on the pavement, just the way many old ladies used to do in Portugal. As the army was sent on the street by Salazar, one of the gunman pointed his gun at her and her reaction was to insert a carnation in the gun. From that moment on the army started fighting with the people and no longer against it. There is this very interesting quotation from French poet Georges Moustaki "To those who lost their belief in reaching an ideal, tell them that a red carnation has bloomed in Portugal". So the track is a metaphor for this, the fact that sometimes something as serious as a revolution can come sort of out of the blue.
It's going to be a club smash (see reactions below already), but what are your favourite club tracks at the moment?
So was it the Afro Art connection that made you think of getting Paul Murphy for 'The Quest' remix? And what do you think of the result?
I think he was really well inspired and the result is at least as good as I could have ever expected. He managed to make 'The Quest' his own, he perfectly understood the whole concept of the track, he caught very well everything that I had put in it and yet he could make a whole different tune out of it. It shouldn't even be called 'The Quest Remix' but rather 'The Quest' by Paul Murphy. It's a totally different track that expresses the same things. I love it.
The Quest video is great, where was it filmed? Has it been on French MTV?
What have other reviewers said about 'The Quest' and the video? If that's you in the coat & beard, you look moody or was it cold? [The Camels and the Goldfish are nice touches].
As far as the cold weather is concerned, we filmed the video in two days, in the middle of November. It was freezing! We filmed part of it on a road under construction near Bercy that was fairly high and thus exposed to a very cold wind. The sun was out but it wasn't heating the atmosphere at all. The other part was filmed at night, around midnight and under the rain. So really there's nothing be happy about!
To talk a bit more about the meaning of 'Revolution is a Flower', the goldfish is reminiscent of the flower: seeing a goldfish in a rear-view mirror can happen just like it happened to see a flower in a gun. It just comes out of the blue, it is due to nothing. Revolution obeys the same process, or rather the same non-process, that is that it can be caused by something as meaningless as a Camel in a rear-view mirror.
What are the plans for an album?
The live set will be with an Electronic drummer, Warrior Jazz and a VJ crew Neurotika. When are going to do some promotional gigs with them?
'The Quest' by Mod X with Paul Murphy remix is out on Ice And Spice Records on 14th February 2005. Hectic Rating 5/5. Full Hectic review on a web site near you soon. In the meantime, it’s not just me raving about this one. Here’s a selection of the best feedbacks at the moment:
"I will surely use in my DJ set. The remix by Paul Murphy is great for the dancefloor. The original version is fantastic as well. My compliments."
"The original MOD X - very interesting groove and nice blend of broken Afro beats, I'll definitely drop it in my radio show mix. However the remix by Paul Murphy is GROOVY, definitely more dance floor orientated. With nice Latino touch! Can't wait to play it in a club".
"The original builds nicely around an african-ish sounding male vocal up into this killer drop in the second part, all backed by some haunting stabs and tough bruk beatprogramming - tribal peaktime shaker. Flip for the remix treatment of Paul Murphy which might do even better on the floors as this is one bears one of the fiercest basslines I have heard for ages….. - play it loud. ouch!"
"Paul's mix smashed Neighbourhood too bits on Saturday Night. It's going number one in my chart"
You will be needing this 12" and even though it's a bit early for tracks of the year, but this is going to be in amongst them. Bravo, c'est magnifique and merci Mod X.
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