Fantastic Twins, the ongoing project of Julienne Dessagne, is a sonic exploration of dual characters born from one distinct perspective.
A producer, songwriter and acclaimed live performer, Dessagne has spent the last decade sculpting a unique world, releasing on influential labels such as Optimo Music, supporting Bicep on tour and earning the stewardship of electronic music icons including the late, great Andrew Weatherall.
Fantastic Twins will be part of this years Detect Classic Festival at Schloss Bröllin, August 11-13, 2023.
1. I’d only seen my twin in a dream.
2. This thing is bigger than both of us.
3. I will release an album this year.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Sound itself mainly. But everything can be a source of inspiration, it’s a matter of how you look at the things that surround you.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
I had basic classical piano training as a kid. Around 2010 I started making my own music. I was interested in synths and music technology in general so I learnt my way around it. I’d get very excited every time I’d get to try a new machine, and recorded material which I then started to turn into tracks, and so it goes. I also spent a big chunk of my life in clubs and many of my friends are musicians and producers. So quite naturally, music became the epicentre of my life.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
That’s impossible to answer. It depends on my mood, the hour of the day or night, the season, etc. I will only name some old favourites as a ridiculously incomplete list:
Arthur Russell – World Of Echo
Philip Glass – Songs From Liquid Days
The Threshold House Boys Choir – Form Grows Rampant
Basic Channel – BCD-2
Sweet Exorcist – RetroActivity
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
I moved to Berlin 13 years ago after living in France and in the UK. I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the city at first. Now it’s nothing but love. Home, family, friends, angry Germans, freedom to create, and the possibility to survive and exist as an artist.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
My apartment, and in it my studio.
Volkspark in the early hours of the morning. Schneidersladen for nerdy pleasures.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Undertaker?! That would probably be a highly demanded job in a world without music.
7. What was the last record/music you bought or listen?
A vinyl recording of old trains’ noises and whistles. For sampling experiments.
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
A Guy Called Gerald
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
I have great memories of many gigs but I’ll say my performance at Andrew Weatherall’s Convenanza Festival in 2019.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
It will be my first time playing at Detect Classic Festival, so I can’t answer that yet. But from my show, expect a short and intense trip into my imaginary twins’ minds.
11. Can you share some details about your own Detect Classic Festival show?
I’ll perform live on Aug 12, on stage with modular effect units, sequencer, sampler, effects pedals, and my vocals live. Looking forward.
More about the festival: detectclassicfestival.de