As one of six producers, beat-makers and record labels we’ll be featuring in our next edition’s Beats in Belgium feature, Le Motel stands out as one of the most eclectic producers emerging from the country’s scene. Just take his own description of this exclusive mix he’s just recorded for us: “This is a multicultural trip From Okinawa island ceremonies, to 1973 Pygmy Music, passing by LA beat scene, Chicago footwork, spanish weird bass and Brazilian vibes.” Voila, we really couldn’t have said it any better.

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The Word Mix 26: Le Motel by The Word on Mixcloud

Can you describe yourself in a few words? Your sound, approach to making music, your influences, how it all started, etc…

Le Motel, 23 years old, graphic designer. I like to mix my different influences: footworks, hip hop, techno, jazz, uk garage, jungle, post-rock,and ethnic music from all around the world to create something i’ve never heard and experiment with different rythms and bpm.

How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?

I started with a guitar and a really cheap keyboard I received from my sister. I tried to tell a story and make a first few tracks with the few elements I had. I don’t know a lot about musical theory and softwares and I’m learning everyday. This why I’ll never stop experimenting with music because the learning is endless.

Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?

I do graphic design, photography, silkscreen, video and I just started to experiment woodwork that i really like too: you can check my stuff out here

Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?

I don’t do a lot of mixes but I always try to tell a story about different cultures to create a kind of travel between different countries and time of history. I like to listen to music in the train and I think it would really fit in that kind of instant, before going out for example or going back home early in the morning.

Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one? If it isn’t one of your own productions, how did you come across the artist?

I included a new track called Japan by myself. I’ve always been collecting a lot of samples from all around the world and I’ve really been into Japanese ceremony music recently. I used really old percussion and shamisen samples and I tried to make a new beat I could play live, keeping the traditional vibes I love in this music. I think I’m going to make more tracks with this idea but with different bpm and see where it goes.

When and where did you record it? Describe the room, the furniture, the walls, the view from the room, the neighbourhood, the weather at the time, etc…

I found the sample in a mediatheque and I chosed this ep cause of the caligraphy on the cover. I directly fell in love with the percussions because they sound like a really old and natural rim from the 808. When I heard the melody I directly heard the track I was going to make and I did it the day after in my bedroom with my mpd and a chinese hat on the head.

What’s your favourite track on the mix?

TRIPLETRAIN – SUMMERTIME. Those guys from Teklife are geniuses. They make exactly the music I want to hear, they have this teklife dirty sound but they always find addictive mellow keys and deep vibes like in this one. Full support ! Someone needs to bring them in Brussels.

What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?

Dorian Concept – Joined Ends. I just had a listen yesterday and I think it was amazing, he’s so creative and the music arrangements are perfect.

Clap Clap – Tayi bebba. This guy has the same approach than me and he’s doing magic. We made some tracks together and it’s really nice to share ideas with him. Really creative and humble as well. 

Flying Lotus – you’re Dead. Everything is in the title and I think the way they released it with the boiler room Stream for 24 hours was really clever.

What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?

I’m working on my new EP and a lot of different projects with friends : yellowstraps, romeo elvis, aliosha, shungu, clap clap, …