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  • Release Date 2015-11-20
  • Label Fenou
  • Catalog FNUD05
Those looking for a healer a psychic or a voodoo priest in Paris will quickly find one in the suburban districts and satellite towns of the French metropolis along the Seine river. Here this kind of folk magic has a long tradition. From Karaoke To Stardom didn't use any dark exotic arts for his second album still the French electronica producer magically attracts the audience to the dancefloor with his "Little Voodoo Dolls"! Behind the striking stage name From Karaoke To Stardom is the French producer and live act Jeremy Herpe who travels the electronic dance music scene since 2005 and has made a name with numerous own EPs as well as remixes for his labelmates Dapayk & Padberg Saint Schizoid Marek Bois RawTec and many others. In recent years Herpe has played together with Zip Heartthrob Alex Under Avatism or Jeremy Caulfield and his live act was booked to various internationally renowned venues like Rex Club or Showcase in Paris Watergate Suicide Circus and Tresor in Berlin Propaganda and Arma17 in Moscow as well as the "I Love Vinyl Open Air" in Germany. Important experiences and adventures that influenced his new longplayer. After his debut album release "Undo Redo Weirdo" in 2007 Jeremy Herpe now starts into his "Berlin phase" with the second album "Little Voodoo Dolls": At the beginning of 2015 the experimental late thirty guy from Paris moved to the German capital for a new personal and musical start. "I wanted a final cut with my old life" said Herpe about the creative beginnings of "Little Voodoo Dolls". "I toyed seven or eight years with the idea of moving; but at the same time I had so much respect for this city and that you could loose yourself in the neverending nightlife. Eventually after a break up I quit my job and took the plunge. The Berlin techno scene is extremely inspiring! Much more relaxed and more diverse than the one in Paris." From mid2010 until the end of last year Herpe almost completely submerged because he no longer found the inspiration and the input in Paris he was looking for. "I was not happy with my sound and needed some time to find out in which direction I wanted to go. I was bored with the Parisian club scene; So in this time I let myself be inspired by books films and the like. In addition I completed my studies as an audio engineer so there wasn't too much time left for new tracks. Today I am extremely creative again; Berlin had a huge influence on the new tracks! " "Little Voodoo Dolls" is a result of a track collection from the past two years on which he moves between the poles of driving minimal melodic techno dark ambient isolated deep house elements and selected industrial / darkwave influences. The release is atmospheric as well as danceable and because of the psychedelic parts it often reminds one of horror movie scores like the ones by cult directors John Carpenter or David Lynch. Wich is no surprise seeing that the soundtrack department of the former record store clerk always was his favorite place for inspiration. "I'm not a big fan of happy music but I love everything that contains minor chords or strange harmonies. Even as a teenager I was a big heavy metal fan; when I write a track it's either very sad or very dark." There is a strange fondness for everything morbid which is reflected in song titles like "Bone Silence" "Secretly We Are Ghosts" the from traditional requiems inspired "Libera Et Domine" and of course the title track "Little Voodoo Dolls". "If I work on tracks it is sometimes a bit like voodoo. Somehow you try to put your pain into the songs for me the album represents some kind of a voodoo doll. Besides I like to play with flashy and powerful symbol words; just like my stage name: I think the sound of From Karaoke To Stardom is cool. I already had it in mind long before I started making music. On the one hand it refers to casting shows where kids without talent want to become superstars. On the other hand it is a tribute to the beginnings of the techno movement. At that time DJs were not as egocentric as they are today. Producers stayed in the background and DJs didn't feel as rock stars. Everything was very original and unconsumed." An originality wich Jeremy Herpe tries to preserve with From Karaoke To Stardom: He mixes the sound of his analog synths and drum machines with organic and natural sounds like rain or speech samples in order to make space for unexpected turns and breaks. This is Herpe's personal 'No Limits' philosophy wich he stands for since his early beginnings. "I like it when you reach another level with each listen and when you can explore something in the music." Just as in the shimmering "Roll The Dice" with its Charles Bukowski sample. The unreal "Bone Silence" shows an experimental uneasy listening side. Named after a Parisian metro station "Rue Des Bullets" includes more retrofuturistic sounds before with the dark ambient track "A Lot Of Matter" the listener is eventually released into the night. Or whatever is left of it...


Little Voodoo Dolls