BlackDoe (birth name: Alexis Berthe), is a Paris-based music producer with a variety of styles. His journey into the world of music began with him releasing mixes on SoundCloud all the way back in 2010, and has progressed to a broader range since then. He has released a multitude of singles under his name, while having produced for distinguished French artists such as Dadju, Tayc, Lefa, and Yseult. His style often varies depending on what he’s working on. Rap, Pop, RnB, and Afro-Caribbean are genres that he has delved into a unique touch in.
His debut album has garnered the attention of international audience for his collaborative project with Korean artists. With a rich variety of Hip-Hop and R&B songs, he released his first official EP, Pastel, on 15 January 2021. Hallyure had the honour and pleasure of holding our FIRST video call interview with BlackDoe!
Thank you for joining us! Let’s start with an introduction for our readers.
Hello, I’m BlackDoe! I’m a French artist and producer. I just released my EP, Pastel, that features Korean artists.
Congratulations on Pastel! It’s a great collection of songs. How did you go about the production of each track?
With the help of Mahaut, I contacted every artist through SoundCloud, Instagram and mail, and worked by distance with them. I made every track from scratch and sent it to them.
(Note: Mahaut is BlackDoe’s manager and was a great help during the interview.)
What inspired you to look to South Korea for your album debut?
I discovered Korean music five years ago and fell in love with it. The Korean industry has such good musical taste, like mostly R&B, Hip Hop and many more. I also love their fashion taste and visual taste so there are many things to love about South Korea. And that’s why I wanted to work with them.
Your first single, ‘Mangue (feat. oceanfromtheblue)’, was well received. A lot of people didn’t even realise that the song was in Korean and enjoyed the same. Any thoughts on how music plays a role in breaking language barriers?
In fact, many Koreans use English (for lyrics) in their song, as oceanfromtheblue does in some parts of the song. To French people, for example, it doesn’t sound odd, you know? It sounds pretty familiar and it’s still enjoyable.
You mentioned you worked with the artists from a distance. With the on-going situation of the pandemic, how has your workflow changed? Is your music production process difficult?
Yeah, because I was supposed to go to South Korea last year but the COVID-19 situation made it very hard. I only worked by distance with them. We mainly communicated through mail and that was pretty long and difficult because you need to make them understand you have in mind, just by writing. So it’s not an easy job, you know.
Could you describe your creative process with this album? It wasn’t with just one artist, you had several. Did you have the audience’s reaction in mind?
I thought about the EP by searching every artist I liked on SoundCloud, just as an example. I picked a selection of them I would love to work with. I sent them two or three tracks and they picked the one that they preferred. That’s the way I made the EP but I wasn’t really thinking about the audience of each artist. I know Xydo will have a different kind of audience and so will oceanfromtheblue, who has a more global influence. I was just making songs and making it the best way I can. I often sent toplines to the artists I work with. “Toplines” are melodies you sing over the song without any lyrics. So I recorded these melodies and sent them so the artists could understand what I had in mind a little better.
(Note: This method is popular in the EDM, Pop, R&B, and Hip-Hop/Rap world.)
The concept of bringing cultures together in the form of music collaborations is quite intriguing. Are there any plans to expand the project to include more countries?
I tried something really new which included mixing K-pop with Afro stuff so I’m trying to open the project to Africa too. Also maybe Europe and make it as international as I can.
What’s the current scene for French R&B music?
The French R&B music wasn’t very popular in the past 20 years. I can maybe list 5 artists that really made it but I think in 2021, you got some artists trying to come back in the R&B scene. I’m also trying to produce and make the scene grow up in France. I think the scene has potential to grow more in the future.
We’re curious, how did you get into music? Tell us about your journey.
I started to make music about ten years ago. A friend of mine gave me a software to make music; a really old and basic one. It was awful but I learnt to make music with this software and I fell in love with it. I love any kind of art. Earlier, I was in visual art. I used to draw and create many things. Music was the best way to express myself. So I started ten years ago and never stopped.
Who are the artists you look up to for inspiration?
I’d say the biggest inspiration is Pharrell Williams. He made some major records in the 2000s and he’s a personality that’s grand in the fashion scene too. He’s a great singer too. He’s the best inspiration I can give you.
Have there been any artists you’re interested in collaborating with?
In Korean scene, I’d pick Zion.T, and apart from South Korea, Ariana Grande or even Bruno Mars.
Coming back to the pandemic, it gives us enough time to learn new hobbies. Have you picked up any?
I used to play sports and try to go out whenever I can for that. I also enjoy playing video games. But I started making more video edits with Premiere. So video editing mostly distracts me.
Lastly, is there anything you want to say to your fans?
I’m very grateful to them. I’m currently working on the next project and trying to do my best. It may take a bit of time but I promise you won’t be disappointed. Thank you for the interview!
We loved having BlackDoe for our first ever video call interview. Looking forward to his new project!
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