French artist and producer Phazz has spoken to Headliner about his illustrious career to date, and his new plugin created with BEATSURFING called RANDOM, which, he tells us, offers creators “a gateway to an infinite sound bank”.
Launched earlier this year by tech company BEATSURFING in collaboration with Phazz, RANDOM is essentially a random sound generator designed to inspire greater creativity within its users. Rather than serving up an array of pre-existing sounds, it produces entirely new sonic possibilities with every click of the RANDOM wheel, prompting users to pursue new and original ideas at every turn.
For Phazz, whose life and career in music can be traced back to the very earliest stages of childhood, the pursuit of a unique, signature sound is something that has informed everything he has turned his hand to. This dedication to crafting ever new and compelling sounds has led him to work with numerous high-profile acts, including the likes of Orelsan, SCH, Angele, and more.
“I started making music as a pianist when I was three or four,” he says, explaining his pathway into music. “I was always trying to make music and was really fond of electronic music. And I was interested in music production. I ended up studying music in Lyon and graduated there, which is when I bought my first laptop and download my first DAW. I had no money, so there were some tough moments, but it made me who I am. It was a time that inspired a lot of what we have built with the BEATSURFING team.
“I had so many restrictions and that built my creativity and pushed me to create my own sound with nothing. Then I started to put my music on Soundcloud, and it was around 2013 that I released some stuff, which was mainly remixes. I always loved ‘90s and ‘00s R&B. That’s how my career started, and it blew up really fast. I was getting millions of plays on Soundcloud and then I went on tour, travelling all over the world.”
After spending a few years on the road, Phazz teamed up with fellow artist Jorrdee to move away from remixes and work on some original material that would prove pivotal in elevating his career to new heights.
“It was a weird R&B vibe that was really forward thinking, especially in France,” he says of the work they did together. “Working with him got me into the rap scene. It didn’t do big numbers but everyone in the industry was like, ‘what the fuck is this project, it’s crazy’? We got a lot of opportunities from that, and I was contacted by Orelsan, so I started to work with him, went on tour with him opening his shows, and I’m still working with him now. This opened a new door, and that’s I how I met a lot of the big names in France."