Rediscovery. The joy of reuniting from who you were separated from is what retrouvailles means. That is what Le Youth's Wes James has done by combining RnB with 90's house music. As Le Youth comes near to his Philadelphia date at Coda, we had an opportunity to ask the Ohio native a few questions.
Q. Is there a single 90’s dance musician or song that has had a lot of influence on Le Youth? What 90’s album would you like to remix?
I've never thought of that. There's not one single artist or song. It's just an era I pull inspiration from. I think remixing "The Bliss Album" by P.M. Dawn would be rad.
Q. You will be performing in Philadelphia at the CODA February 26th. This will be your second time correct? What most excites you about coming back to Philly? Any memories from your first time here?
Yes, my second time. I'm very much looking forward to it. Last time I didn't have a chance to experience much, apart from the rowdy club. Late flight in and early flight out. I remember ordering pizza to my hotel at 3am. This time it will be a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich.
Q. You are a person who loves the visuals. What’s the most unique visual concept that has inspired a song or remix that you’ve created?
Sometimes I like to imagine the video before the song. For my track COOL I imagined a 90s Calvin Klein shoot. It sounds strange, but it actually helped to make some musical decisions when writing it. Then, when it was time to make the video, I already knew exactly what I wanted.
Q. I’m curious to know, has there ever been a fan or stranger that strangely influenced you or provoked you to create a track or remix?
I've never been influenced by a fan or stranger. When I'm writing new Le Youth music, I typically pull inspiration from artists that are doing something different and unique. Usually from artists making different music than me entirely.
Q. Do you ever see your non-background in the DJ realm as perhaps an advantage in how you create your sound?
It is without a doubt an advantage. It's the reason why I don't try to write what everyone else is. I've always wanted to do things differently... and cooler. Then someone usually rips me off, so I move on to the next thing. For real.
Q. To further the nostalgia people love so much about your music, will we see future Le Youth songs on 90’s cassette tapes?
Yea thats actually something I've been thinking a lot about. Maybe the next nostalgic release will be on a CD.
Written By Daniel Colon