10 Questions with ‘Greater Message’ Producer Joachim Pastor


10 Questions with ‘Greater Message’ Producer Joachim Pastor


Joachim Pastor

Joachim Pastor is a true disciple of old-school minimal sound, the legitimate heir to the French pioneers of techno like Daft Punk or Laurent Garnier. His structurally precise rhythms are infused with hypnotizing melodies and cheerful vocals, adding an element of happiness to the genre often criticized for its cold and mechanical nature. To put it simply, Pastor makes music that’s equally uplifting in a dance club and on the balcony of your country home on a Sunday afternoon.

Those qualities were immediately visible in Pastor’s early works like ‘Reykjavik’ or ‘Eternity’ released with the Hungry Music label. However, his decision to sign with Armada Music and release new material in 2020 has taken the French producer on a different trajectory. On his first studio album titled ‘Greater Message,’ he explores a more dynamic approach to techno and searches for a dynamic and well-rounded dance sound that touches hearts and awakes passions.

Pastor’s unique talents can be appreciated from several singles from the album, such as ‘Saint Louis’ and ‘Sol Invictus.’ Those happy tunes have all the makings of future club hits, yet they pay homage to the golden age of dance music. As a young author with many productive years ahead of him, Pastor is one of the best hopes that techno has of a true mainstream revival.

To pick Joachim Pastor’s brains and learn what drives him to make the kind of music, read his answers to 10 questions we asked him.

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

Next for me, aside from the album on September 3rd, is to plan and prepare the releases for the album’s remixes, play my music live on tour, and get back in the studio for more.

Q: Why did you choose to make dance music?

I did 13 years of conservatory, and in the end, when I was doing guitar, I wanted to be able to record myself and create backing tracks. I started using software; then, I thought electronic music was great because I could do it all independently. I had been listening to electronic music since I was a child also.

Q: Let's create a new festival; What would you name it, Where would it be located, and Who would be the top 3 headliners?

It would be called the "Millenium Festival," located in the clouds, and the three headliners would be Vivaldi, Caccini, and Gustav Holst, of course!

Q: What is music going to sound like 20 years from now?

It will probably sound like 70’s music, as trends are just a big loop. in 10 years, trance will be the big thing for electronic music. Or maybe it will be some inhuman experimental stuff, white noise, and CPU sounds, and people will love it!

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Q: What movie has a very memorable soundtrack?

Interstella by Daft Punk.

Q: If you could bring one artist back to life, who would it be?

Freddie Mercury, so he could do a featuring with me; he owes me one if I bring him back, no?

Q: What if aliens invade our planet, and they're really hot?

I would trust them even less than I trust humans.

Q: If you could spend a day talking to an animal, what animal would you choose and what would you want to learn from them?

I would talk to a lizard, and I'd learn how they can re-grow their tails.

Q: What do you think the world will look like in 300 years?

Probably worse than now; it seems like it can never get better.

Q: Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?

I think Batman would win because bats eat spiders, plus he has Robin to help him cook.

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