Ethel & Melody • We only knew each other by sight, we were not really friends, we just hung out in the same places. We listened to a lot of rock at the time, we would bump into each other at concerts or bars but we never really talked. Our first meeting was in front of Ricardo Villalobos on the dancefloor of Amnesia. We were both with some friends that knew each other, so they introduced us to each other. It was like love at first sight, speaking as friends and we spent the entire night together. Then Ethel moved Montreal for a year, Melody to Paris, we wrote to each other all the time. When Ethel finished her year in Montreal, she came to Paris and from then on, we have been inseparable.
Hard Life • Did you mix a little before knowing each other ?
Ethel & Melody • Not at all! We listened to music and we went out a lot, we followed current topics and we journeyed to lots of festivals, but we never played.
Hard Life • If you had to describe each other’s qualities behind the decks, what would they be ?
Ethel & Melody • It’s kind of hard to say but actually, we compliment each other well. We trust each other so we don’t necessarily make the other listen to what we’re about to drop. Each has her own style but we manage to regulate each other. It’s not in our habit to make linear sets, if one goes a bit too far, the other can lower the temperature.
Hard Life • Do you think you would have had the same success working solo?
Ethel & Melody • We honestly cannot say but it’s true that being a two creates a greater force. At the beginning, we started as two, and then we went off doing our our things in our separate ways. Finally, we thought it was better to work together, and there aren’t that many girl duos in Paris, it’s clearly an asset.
Hard Life • Could you tell us a bit more about the Witching Hours ?
Ethel & Melody • It all started here, at Panic Room! They offered us a monthly residency and the opportunity to invite an artist. We chose 3, we invited Jamale, Nicolas Lutz and Gaffy. We kept the name and we organized others. It started with some friends calling us “The Witches” because we couldn’t stop laughing, and it stuck. In the end, it was a good thing, we wanted a party in our image and we kind of like this mystical side. So anytime we throw a party at another place, the name remains the same. We did one at Faust last time with the girls from RA+RE Records, and one at Badaboum also with Martyné (Traffic), they went very well.
Hard Life • With regards to music production, do you want to take the next step?
Ethel & Melody • Actually, we just began! In March, we did an Ableton formation, and now we’re getting ready to do more. We hope to make something in the year ahead. We are at the very beginning but it is our new goal. It’s been awhile since we desired this, but it takes time and must be done one step at a time.
Hard Life • You had the chance to play at the Club Der Visionaere during the RA+RE Records showcase, can you describe the experience?
Ethel & Melody • For a start, Berlin! We met the girls from RA+RE 4-5 months ago and we immediately fell in love with them. We have quite a few projects with them. They offered us the chance to play with them at the CDV and, to a degree, it was completion for us. We never thought of playing there straight away. Usually, you play in bigger clubs in Paris first, or little ones in Berlin before doing the CDV: it’s kind of the club that everybody wants to play in. However, it went perfectly well, there were lots of people and the party lasted from 3 p.m. until 8 a.m. The atmosphere was great, all night long! This is a French label that may begin to build its name up, but it is not really famous in Berlin yet. We were really surprised to see that many people there! Especially on a Tuesday, after seeing it so full on Sunday, when Dyed Soundorom and DeWalta were there, that was full. Then we go on a Tuesday, and it’s even fuller?! We didn’t expect that! The crowd surpassed our expectations. There were quite a few DJs and producers from Berlin that were supposed to just swing by but ended up staying all night.
Hard Life • What’s the first record that you bought ?
Ethel • Energy 52 – Cafe Del Mar (Ricardo Villalobos Remix)
Melody • Chez Damier & Stacey Pullen – Forever Monna
Hard Life • Do you have a ‘good mood’ track you can share ?
Ethel & Melody • Move D – Eastman
Hard Life • One that makes you nostalgic ?
Ethel & Melody • Otaku – Emilia’s First Tooth
Hard Life • What’s your bible?
Ethel & Melody • Len Lewis – Edge Of Life
Thanks to you both for granting us some of you time.
Good news, Ethel and Melody have curated a very special mix, just for us. It is as delightful as an Indian summer. Enjoy x
If you’re in Paris tonight, Panic Room is hosted an RA + RE special label night with Ethel & Melody, Rohmi and Abi.