Pedro Winter, aka Busy P, is a legend. For over twenty years he’s been at the heart of French scene seeking out and later signing the best talent he can find. Best known as the manager of Daft Punk from 1996 until 2008, the guy who discovered Justice and the founder/head of Ed Banger records, it’s safe to say that if Paris is burning, Busy P set the fire. Aside from his work as a label boss, manager, musical impresario, etc. P is also a seriously talented DJ and producer (you don’t spend 12 years hanging out with Daft Punk without picking up a few tricks) and last month he dropped his latest track ‘Genie’ a thumping French touch number with vocal duties from soul man Mayer Hawthorne.
Now Busy P has enlisted Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard for the remix. Premiering on Notion today Goddard’s rework injects some disco groove into the track, recalling the work of Busy P’s main boys Daft Punk with its oscillating arpeggios and irresistible kick. In true Goddard style, his remix is even more club-ready than the original; the synths are chunky, the keys are sharp and even Mayer Hawthorne’s vocals sound that little bit more elevated, it’s a more than worthy rework of Busy P’s original. Speaking of, we caught up with Pedro to find out the story behind ‘Genie’ and learn a little more about his legacy, read his interview after the jump.
Hey Pedro, why did you choose Joe Goddard to remix ‘Genie’?
Joe Goddard is one of my favourite UK producers. His work with Hot Chip of course, but I’m also a big fan of his label Greco-Roman. I love the disco twist he adds to the track for his remix.
How did you get Mayer Hawthorn involved in the track?
I became a fan of Mayer in 2009 when I’ve heard his first release on Stones Throw. We did an Ed Banger x Stones Throw party in Paris, and we became friends. He worked with us on some songs with SebastiAn and Boston Bun. He is very talented.
You grew up listening to rock and hip hop – did you ever expect to have shaped electronic music and French house as much as you have?
Growing up in the 90’s was just perfect to embrace both hip hop and rock cultures. I think it was the golden years of hip hop thanks to DJ Premier, The Neptunes, Timbaland, Pete Rock, J Dilla and Rick Rubin. I loved both sides of hip hop, from Run DMC to Puff Daddy. On the rock side, I was looking at skateboard videos all day. Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth and Nirvana were my favourites. I was attracted by both worlds; I can’t consider myself as a hip hop or rock head, I banged my head on all types of music. I was into Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin a lot.
Electronic music came in the early 90s too. Deee-Lite “What is love” is my all time favourite electronic piece.
There was a Kraftwerk tape in the living room at my house when I was a kid. It was fun to play with the first Sony walk-man, but when you are 10, you don’t really pay attention to your parents’ musical choices.
You’re something of a DJ’s DJ why have you stayed out the spotlight during your career?
A DJ’s DJ? Never heard about that before! I am not looking for a spotlight; I like doing stuff. And if those projects I’m doing are good, then let there be light! I do things that I love, I’ve been lucky to meet amazing people, very inspiring. My main goal to is to be good enough to the people I work with.
You’re responsible for breaking a lot of the biggest French artists internationally – what do you look for in a signee for Ed Banger?
Music comes first, then a dinner. If both music and heart is good, then I sign them. People often speak about the “Ed Banger sound” it’s weird because, I don’t think DJ Mehdi and Mr Oizo are making the same music, Justice and Boston Bun are pretty different too… I want Ed Banger to be various, I’ve just signed an afro-punk-rock band, would you expect this on Ed Banger? They’re called 10LEC6 can’t wait to share this with the world.
What’s your favourite record you’ve signed on Ed Banger?
Very hard to answer this kind of question as you can imagine. I will choose DJ Mehdi “Lucky Boy” because it’s the first ever album we released on the label in 2006. Also because he left us too early, I’m sure you’ll understand. His music is exactly how I wanted Ed Banger to be. I think this album sums up perfectly who we are.
Do you have a different approach to your own music versus other people’s?
It’s always easier to judge other people’s music of course. It’s never good enough when it’s coming from yourself. But to be honest, I do not think too much about it. I’m having fun in the studio and I love spontaneous things. I’m happy to release stuff that isn’t 100%, I believe in magic, sometimes it’s happening, sometimes not.
Can we expect more music from you as Busy P?
I am sharing my Threesome Studio with two friends, Boston Bun and Jeremy Chatelain. I love hanging out there with those guys. At the moment I’m very focused with the label, but I feel 2017 will be very productive for me if I go more often at the studio. So yes, you can expect some more for sure.
Bonus question: Have you seen Kraft Punk and if so, what do you think?
Never seen this, not sure I understood everything here… But I’m down for some Mac & Cheese with the real Daft Punk.