Interview: Tech Talk with French Production Phenom, Petit Biscuit
Meet the youthful yet seasoned-sounding Petit Biscuit. The French producer has swept us off our feet with his releases, starting our craze with his single "Sunset Lover." Intrigued by his approach to production, we decided to do some heavy digging. Every release comes in the form of a unique, melodious soundscape, breaking the barriers of what a genre really is. Yet his aesthetic is highly defined and recognizable once you've embedded his style into your brain's catalogue. The glistening instrumentals and hypnotic vocal chops are simply one of his own. Petit Biscuit's rapid success was rather effortless, racking up over 19 million streams on his single on Spotify and millions of listeners far and wide.
Hooked on his intricacies, we had some technical questions that needed to be addressed. After finishing his high school finals (yes - high school,) he was pleased to give us a bit more insight on his creative process.
We noticed a lot of your tracks feature different elements heavily side chained to the kick. Are you doing this to let your kick breathe, or just as an added effect?
You are right, it brings a particular swing to my productions, as well as a lot power when the side chain stifles my synths or guitars.
It is certainly signature. You also really like chopping up vocals, particularly with songs like "Sunset Lover" and "Memories."
Cutting vocals is an idea I had before discovering that anywhere else, loved the fact that it brought a digital process to organic music.
We also love that you feature so many physical instruments in your tracks. It gives your music more of an organic feel. How many instruments do you play and how long have you been playing them? When did you decide that you wanted to take this more acoustic approach toward electronic music?
I started cello at five, then I wanted to know more so I took on the piano... then guitar. The point is that I love music, working sounds and textures deeper and deeper to find the right mysterious dimension... Electronic music is perfect for that. I guess it allows me to enhance my organic background through these electronic processes. That’s the beginning of everything.
[interview]What digital audio workstation do you use? What plugins do you use (specifically what synths?)
I produce on FL Studio, mainly using the sample I record myself. For the synths, I'm always trying to find the good analog sound working with Massive, that requires a pretty long/crazy search to fully exploit all the possibilities.
Are there any production tips or tricks you could give to aspiring producers?
Getting the right gimmick is essential because that’s the melody that will stay into your head, it needs to be a bit special and always different. When I find it, I develop it by recording it myself, resampling it, cutting out and reworking the sound to express real emotions that are surrounded by the mysterious side of digital music.
Do you mix and master your own work?
For my first production, the mix and masters were made by myself, but now I prefer to work only for the master with an engineer because he has good tips and advices to share.
Whats your favorite microphone?
I work with a Bluebird because it's really polyvalent, but I'm not a master at references...
What kind of audio interface do you use?
I work with a NI Komplete Audio 6 in my bedroom but thinking about upgrading it!