When it comes to reinvention, electronic music producer Edouard knows it best. A part of the French Touch movement of the 90s, his previous project found itself an integral part of Europe’s house music scene. Garnering praise among enthusiasts, the group inked a major label deal with BMG, received radio play and appeared on records alongside other French Touch artists such as Philippe Zdar, Etienne de Crécy and Alex Gopher. But as time went on and the landscape changed, he took on new roles and lived many lives: as a solo-exhibited digital artist and photographer, art historian, engineer and coder, student of six-time Grammy winner Gary Burton at the Berklee College of Music.
So it should come as no surprise that he would reincarnate once again. His latest reinvention, Edouard, is an eponymous moniker given to his new solo endeavor, an eclectic and ever-changing blend of electropop and other electronic styles, with a retro French Touch, that draws on his affinity for French electronic music pioneers such as Daft Punk, Jean-Michel Jarre, Air, Justice, Lifelike, Breakbot, Laurent Garnier, Cassius, and Alex Gopher who contributes as studio engineer, as well as artists such as Phil Collins, Prince, Oliver, Jamie Lidell, Haywyre, and Chromeo, whose charismatic singer and guitarist Dave 1 recognized his electrofunk talents.
Armed with an extensive collection of vintage and modern synths, some of which he designs under the Edouard Digital brand, he composes tracks fashioned for the times with an 80s twist. At the same time, he is fully involved in visual art direction and, beyond his collaborations with renowned designer Filip Hodas (Equinoxe Infinity), he creates some of his covers and visuals himself.
His first singles, ranging from summer dance pop to electro, have garnered more than 320k streams, 2.2M listens on TikTok, and multiple airplay in France and the US.
His last drop and first EP, Into You, focuses on a synthpop track about love… at second sight, with an 80s vibe, remixed in several styles (pop house, club, tropical pop) by his friends: French-Korean DJ and producer Grace Kim (Radio FG, So Happy in Paris) and renowned French Touch pioneer Lifelike (Kitsuné, Discopolis, So Electric).
Among the surprises he keeps for us later: synthwave, electrofunk and nu-disco projects, whose common point is the reminiscence of the 80s.