Tez Cadey is back in 2021 with his new EP “No Place I Call Home”, a turning point in his career.
Following up an album in 2018 and a dozen singles, this record is a return to his musical roots. With pop and colorful sounds, the five tracks of this EP are meant to make you sing and dance and will leave you wanting more. “No Place I call Home” is a statement in a world where it is harder and harder to find your place. The record is about fnding a space where you feel at home, where you are not judged, where you are free to love and be loved, and where the only spoken languages are music and dance.
Tell us about the first track that put you on the map in the electronic scene and the journey since. How did you get started?
My first real breakthrough track was “Coastal Cat”. I released that song back in 2013 on soundcloud. The attention it got at the time was crazy for me. I went and did my first gigs thanks to it and signed my first record deal. It definitely launched my career because for the first time I considered making music for a living. The following year I released “Seve” and I have never looked back since.
Tell us about your latest project ‘No Place I Call Home’
Well the whole idea behind this EP was finding ones place in this world. Where you feel accepted and at home. This idea really echoes in me because I have been moving around my whole life and even more now that I’m a dj. And don’t get me wrong, I love going from one place to another but there are times when I feel i belong a little bit everywhere and nowhere at the same time.
The songs from this EP are ones that bring me comfort and a sense of belonging. They symbolize this place I can finally call home. The first two singles are out now and I’m really excited to share the rest of the EP this month.
Listen to ‘Missing You’ on Spotify
Tell us something we wouldn’t normally find out about you?
I’m also a big fan of fishing but I generally don’t talk about it because it has nothing to do with music. Although it does require patience too.
What single night out has been most memorable for you as a dj and producer?
I remember one of my first festivals in my hometown in the north of France. It was like this huge warehouse party and the crowd was electrified. I started with my songs and ended the set with some harder hitting house and acid house. A sick mountain climb. The energy that night was real.
Give us the name of one track that never gets old for you no matter how many times you listen to it?
“Electric Feel” by MGMT. These guys are my favorite band ever. And this song introduced me to them so I can’t seem to get enough of it. Of course they have so many good tracks. Especially in their second album. Its worth every second of my time
Dream collaboration and why?
Calvin Harris is a really talented producer that I really look up too. He never fails to surprise me and innovate in the pop electronic world. But there are also so many great producers out there I’d like to collaborate with. People like Diplo, Skrillex, Mura Masa or Lost Frequencies just to name a few
If you could play any festival, which would it be?
Coachella would be the one for me. After all, it is the world’s most iconic festival. A very honorable mention would be the Dekmantel festival for the pleasure of playing beats surrounded by the crowd
How do you get a track started? tell us about your production process
I like to start very simple and get a loop or beat going. Over which i just add layers and layers of ideas. To eventually build a track around it. Its a pretty chaotic way of doing it. I get tired very quickly so I have literally hundreds of unfinished loops sitting on my hard drive.
Upcoming projects? What are you currently working on?
I have the three last tracks from my EP coming out on the 18th of June. And I’m also working on the next batch. I’ll probably be going in a more club direction with the next ones as right now i really have an urge to make people dance again. I also want to continue exploring different music genres and keep trying out new ideas. I’d hate to make the same record twice.
The relationship between a dj and the audience is crucial, and yet is seems to be a fragile one – how do you see the balance between giving the crowd what they want and treating them to something new?
True. Its always hard to find that subtle balance. But its also what makes djing so interesting. There is no such thing as a perfect set. And its very hard to plan one. You can always prepare a backbone for your dj set but being able to read and react to the crowd and the general feel on the go is what ultimately makes the difference. Sometimes, something extraordinary happens and sometimes it just doesn’t.
On this track Tez teamed up with American producer Aukoustics , also known for having worked with Galantis on their last singles. The result is “Missing U”, a soothing pop ballad that gradually escalates into a beautiful dance finish. A truly well constructed song that misses a real chorus but is intriguing and catchy enough to make us want to go straight back to it
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