FRANCE | DJ SET / LIVE
Guided by risk-taking and a voracious curiosity, Flore is one of the main artists on the French electronic scene, of which she anticipated all the evolutions for more than two decades now. If her musical and cultural roots go back to Jamaican sound systems, English psychedelic rock or breakbeats of all kinds, her culture and musical tastes cover a much wider territory, going from African traditional music to Sun O))). Her alchemy with her time has enabled Flore to sail through trends and currents, even to track them down, thus supporting the outbreak of global bass music in France, at the time when artists like Buraka Som Sistema, Major Lazer or Diplo were making it (the latter will even give her the opportunity to release a remix on his label Mad Decent in 2011).
This continuing interest for new forms of music writing and her taste for challenge explain Flore’s path: from DJ to producer, from the management of her own label POLAAR to teaching MAO (she is the first woman to receive Ableton Live’s certification in France in 2016), she is passionate about technologies and sees them as tools that allow one to reinvent oneself perpetually.
That is how she began her first collaboration in 2014 with the WSK collective, around a creation combining audio and video (her very first live show). This natural appetite for creation will lead her to integrate different dance shows (Compagnie Kanangese, Compagnie du Subterfuge, la Biennale de la danse), reading musical setting (“Jusqu’à la Bête” with Marine Pelligrini), or else the fusion between electro and classical music with Arandel (Infiné).
Initially acclaimed for her unstoppable DJ sets (her Boiler Room is a pure marvel), talent she has proven on many French and international scenes (Transmusicales in Rennes, Nuits Sonores, Fabric in London, L’Usine in Geneva, Fusion Festival in Germany, to name only a few), Flore starts in 2015 the creation of a label, with her long time friend Marc Weistroff, which dedicates to musical aesthetics that blend electronic, sound system culture and movie music. In six years, this label has become one of the most exciting French labels on the scene, welcoming her EPs and the ones of young french and international avant-garde artists. That is how her first album “RITUALS” is released in April 2020, ten years after her first one, released on the English label Botchit and Scarper (RAW, 2020).
From the first online release of the first single ‘Coded Language’ RITUALS draws attention for its eclecticism and audacity, mixing fundamentals of what constitutes Flore’s artistic signature: her drum and bass roots, her love for original movies soundtracks and traditional african music. To finance its vinyl manufacturing, a crowdfunding campaign was launched in the middle of the first lockdown: financed at 100% in only 4 hours, it earned 256% of its financing only a few weeks later. RITUALS’s success is set. Numerous articles will follow (4 pages on Tsugi, Trax, Mixmag FR/UK/JP, Resident Advisor…) and support from several renowned DJs (Laurent Garnier, BBC Radio 6, Noisia, rRoxymore, Clouds, Lena Willikens, etc…).
This album will be declined under two remixes EPs, a first one released in spring 2020, including edits from English producers Hodge, Walton and from the Egyptian 3Phaz, and a second, released in May 2021, with Franco-Tunisian artists Deena Abdelwahed and Azu Tiwaline, as well as the English LCY. All these remixes were released on a vinyl album that was released in late June 2021.