Red Bull Music Academy just announced last week that Montreal will host its next academy this October. Meet one of Madrid’s 2011 RBMA alumni, Montreal based producer, composer and sound artist Xavier Leon who talks about his path since the academy and his future projects in this week's Tête-à- Tête!
Since your time at the Red Bull Music Academy, how do you feel you’ve evolved as an artist? What is your best memory from that experience and what are you most excited for as RBMA lands in Montreal?
My personal evolution since RBMA has seen an eventual negation of the idea of “musical genre.” I believe it is an important process to dispel the notion that identity is inherently correlated to exclusive classification. The greatest memory of my experience at RBMA was the overwhelming human connection. As the Academy lands in Montreal, I am mostly excited to hear what the younger generation of participants will be sharing, or in other words, what the future sounds like.
How do you personally differentiate your projects Witnessing, susy.technology and Sibian & Faun and what is your relationship to each?
Being a creative person is a constant evolution that involves differing streams of thought and experiments. With each of the projects I am involved with, there is an aesthetic and musical philosophy specifically attached. Witnessing is a project that allows me to express interest in the intersection of contemporary composition, electroacoustic studies and many more fields of sonic exploration. susy.technology is the multimedia collective of which I am a member, that focuses on the creation of audio-visual work. Sibian & Faun, now defunct, represents an era of youthful evolution in contemporary electronic music.
Which artist(s) have you been listening to the most in the last month or has been a major discovery for you recently?
Kara-Lis Coverdale and Common Holly, although on different spectrums of sonic experience, have both guided me compositionally and emotionally, for which I am truly grateful.
Listen to WITNESSING's 'Redivision' here.