10 Questions with Live Act and Producer NTO

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10 Questions with Live Act and Producer NTO

THE TAKE 5 SERIES

Anthony Favier, better known as NTO, has been and continues to be one of the world’s most intriguing melodic techno producers. His debut album, ‘Apnea,’ blew us away and continues to do so with new remixes by Innellea, Sainte Vie, and Rodriguez Jr. That, of course, is in addition to the interpretations of Paul Kalkbrenner and pianist Sofiane Pamart. But we couldn’t get enough of his story, so we interviewed him about recent projects and more!

NTO’s tale began with a perfect combination: a boy from the South of France who was constantly hooked on his guitar and and dance music. NTO started frequenting La Villa Rouge and Bar Live, two iconic clubs in the south of France, after attending the Sziget Festival when he was 18. At the time, German minimal techno music was thriving, and Anthony Favier would spend his nights listening to Stephan Bodzin, James Holden, or the early works of Paul Kalkbrenner, whom he described as “my biggest music crush of all time.”

The origins of NTO may also be traced back to his association with Worakls and Joachim Pastor, with whom he co-founded Hungry Music in 2013. They learned to dominate the stage when performing on Olympia’s stage for the Vieilles Charrues Festival, seducing a new generation that would follow them faithfully from that point forward. NTO’s career took off internationally, thanks to his songs “Trauma” and “La clé des champs,” which accounted for several million streams on DSPs from the Netherlands to Germany, Eastern Europe, and Canada.

NTO is set to embark on a new chapter in his career. He filters multiple levels of his melodies with deep basses and lysergic harmonies to make them shine even more, as if they arose from the waves after hitting rock bottom. The year 2022 will finally provide the opportunity to hear his music onstage.

To learn more about him, read our full below!

Q: Before we dig in, what’s next for you?

Hello, thanks a lot for the interview 🙂 At this moment, I’m in the middle of the world tour of my last album, there are a lot of dates, but I’m using long transits to produce new tracks and write new ideas, waiting for December / January to get this proper in a studio! New singles are starting to shape; I can’t wait to develop all this!

Q: What does music mean to you?

It’s going to sound a bit basic, but music is, for me, one of my living reasons (wow); it goes into some of my brain areas that nothing else can reach

Q: Is there a song that makes you emotional?

A lot of tracks, yes, one of them’s moves me since I’m a kid: Shostakovich – Waltz N2

Q: What makes a track a hit?

For me, it’s simplicity. A good idea, a theme, and a melody reduced to essentials, without any artifice. Well, there are also some counter-examples like Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen 🙂 A hit is a track that gets into the ear of the majority, evidently, something natural and logic.

Q: Which musical era would you visit if you could travel back in time?

Not very original either, but I think it would be the late 60s-70s. It the music golden era for me, so many bands and artists that inspired me and that I still listened to, evolved at this time.
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Q: Who was your role model while growing up?

I didn’t have just one, to be honest, but so many… there is some inspiring genius in all fields and times. It’s great to be able to draw inspiration from all of it.

Q: What makes you feel unstoppable?

When I produce a piece, and I feel that it’s coming on its own, effortlessly 🙂 a lot of artists know that feeling; they say they’re transcended or call that a « moment of grace,» but actually, it’s true 🙂 It’s like you’re not in control anymore, and you just become the tool to canalize an inspiration! Time goes by; you’re floating, and you feel unstoppable in those kind of moments 🙂

Q: What would be on the gag reel of your life?

It would be a kind of Bildungsroman: a character learning along its life from everything and everyone that surrounds him. And of course a lot of music, a permanent soundtrack to match the adventures!

Q: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?

Too many

Q: Would you travel to space?

It’s a tricky question for me: a part of me is so up to go, and the other is more reasonable 🙂 we definitely have nothing to do over there…

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