EXCLUSIVE Interview with Patchworks

Lyon, France based Bruno “Patchworks” Hovart is definitely a name to remember if you’re interested in today’s groove music scene. After playing as a bassist and guitarist for various bands, he started producing in the mid-nineties and has kept on mixing today’s technologies with the raw spirits of Disco, Funk, Soul & Jazz music’s golden years since then. Following the trail of success left by his many projects such as Mr President, Uptown Funk Empire, The Dynamics, Taggy Matcher, Patchworks Galactic Project or Metropolitan Jazz Affair, Patchworks proved his musical ubiquity album after album and unexpectedly stroke in various genres.

We caught up with Bruno to chat about his new EP, his influences, studio gear and much more

The Interview

1) Firstly, thanks for taking the time out to chat with us. Tell us where you are and how you are feeling right now.

I am at my studio in Lyon France, feeling very fine.

2) Obviously, the topic for today is your new ‘Dedications EP’- tell us in your words a little bit about how it came to be and what you were trying to convey to your listeners?

There seems to be a proper deep house revival at the moment. I used to produce a lot of that kind of music back in the days and I got back to it recently with great pleasure

3) Where does your artist name emanate from, what’s its meaning & why did you choose it?

It’s hard for me to focus on one kind of music. If you check out my discography, you’ll find reggae, pop, disco and more. My work is like a patchworks shirt, many different colours, unexpected and un-logical. “patch works” can also be seen as plugin and unplugging leads onto the studio patch, which is what I do all day.

4) What keeps you both motivated after all this time? Tell us about the highs and the lows.

Changing styles avoids me from getting bored or uninspired. I simply love music and life is too short to do all the music I would like to.

5) Share a few artists that have influenced your sound?

Surely the one and only Fatback Band from the 70’s, Roy Ayers and the mid 90’s Detroit scene (KDJ….)

6) What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?

For this release, I’ve been using samples + overdubbing bass guitars , guitars, synths and Fender Rhodes. My tricks are generally mixing real instruments and programming. My program is Cakewalk 9.03, I haven’t changed it for the last 15 years.

7) What is the one piece of kit that you simply cannot do without?

My sample bank from the last 20 years and my bass guitars, for sure which are my main instruments. Also one very precious tool in the studio is my Roland Space Echo.

8) Tell your fans some interesting facts they may not know about you?

House music is only 10% of the music I produce, the world of music is wide, let’s explore and share it.

9) What’s next for you?

I’ll be releasing a new LP under the name “Mr President” in spring. It will be old school boogie, soul and disco music (Favorite Recordings) + a reggae LP under the name Taggy Matcher.

10) And finally, what would be your short list of dream collaborations, past or present – dead or alive?

Gill Scott Heron, Archie Shepp, Neil Young, Marvin Gaye, Serge Gainsbourg and Stevie Wonder.

Patchworks latest release ‘Dedications EP’ is out now on Traxsource.