A Sit Down With DJ Michael Calfan

Michael Calfan is a French House music DJ and Producer, best known for his hit records “Treasured Soul” and “Nobody Does It Better”. His sound is referred to as Soul House – dance music with a sensitive quality.

He quickly evolved from rising star in the global dance scene to protagonist of a fresh new sound. Talk about ‘soul house’, dance music with a sensitive quality, not only made to get bodies moving but also touch the audience’s hearts. He is bridging the gap between EDM and the underground, with hit after hit. It’s all there in his distinctive, international hit Treasured Soul, as well as other productions the French DJ has delivered these last years.

 

 “I don’t care about the name people give it, I care about their feeling when they hear it.”

 

Can you tell us something about yourself, how did you start working as a DJ and producer? 

With music I started at 15 and I have not stopped. At first I enjoyed my mother’s computer and then I fell in love with the production. A few years ago, around 16/17, I tried to be a DJ and I loved it. For about 3 years I worked as a DJ and producer, then I did my first “Resurrection” piece and it all started going faster.

How would you describe your music in a few words, what is distinct about it?

Honestly, people give the name of Soulhouse to my music, and it was pretty cool as I am putting all my heart into the music I’m producing. My goal is to give feeling to people when they are listening to my music, for me feelings are the most important thing (whatever the genre). When I’m in the studio, I never think about what I have to do, or which kind of sound I have to make to make sure that people recognize my style. I’m just doing what I like, from a happy feeling to a darker one, depending on my spirit at that moment.

You’ve already collaborated with a slew of producers, name a DJ/producer that you would like to collaborate with that you haven’t before and why?

There are a lot of artist I would like to collaborate, singers like La Roux or artists like Disclosure or Martin Solveig.

What is your style and what inspires you most today?

As I have always said, it inspires me a bit of everything, from movies, to landscapes, to meetings, the faces of people on the street, colors, photography. I feel like in a movie. You know, often when you listen to your favorite music, pictures of seeing the video in your mind, for me it’s almost the same thing but the music comes after the pictures.

What inspired you to make Treasured Soul?

There are a lot of things that are inspiring for me. For Treasured Soul it was thanks to my tour, my travels and people I met during these tours (In South Africa, in Asia…)

How do you consider the European dance environment in the sector compared to the so-called “Old School”, also with reference to the EDM explosion? What do you think will be the new musical trend?

The funny thing is that a year or two ago I thought that Europe was spreading many dance trends in the world, but the game is changing. I think that now America is producing so much good music (especially in electronics) so much so that it begins to mark the path for new trends. You know, I’m a big fan of real house music and not so much EDM. I need sensations in music and I’m more than happy when I play in clubs and people do not look at me (because the new trend is to look at the artist) but think about having fun together; it means that my music is giving them something. So EDM was just a trend, and change is needed. The world is hard enough to play heavy music in clubs. We will do something quieter, I hope. However, we never know where music will take us.

What were the best and the worst gig you ever played, and what were the funniest things that occurred during any of your performances?

I have a lot of good and weird moments, I can’t remember a really bad show because there is always a weird or funny thing. The best was maybe a show in Hawai I made few years ago in front of the sea during the sunset. The weirdest was in Germany when the owner of the club came into the club on his Harley Davidson.

What do you think you would be doing right now if you weren’t a DJ?

I’ve wanted to do this since I was fifteen- almost ten years. This is the best job, I’ve never wanted anything else.

What is on your agenda for the near future and what are you currently working and focusing on?

My schedule is crazy, I have a lot of shows in April. I have approx. 15 shows and then I have a lot of studio session working on an E.P. I’m really focusing on that, as I want to show you another side of my music.

When you are old and wrinkly, what do you want to be remembered for?

Nothing. No actually, I will be happy if they remember me for something, but I do this for myself first. If people are happy, I am happy. If people are happy while listening and playing my music, it’s wonderful.

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