Yuksek x Thomas Pesquet
Celebrated French producer and songwriter, Yuksek has just revealed an exciting video for his latest single video ‘Live Alone’ which features singer Roman Rappak (Breton) and is taken from his forthcoming album ‘Nous Horizon’, being released on 24th February 2017 via his own label Partyfine.
The music video for ‘Live Alone’ is an incredible collaboration between Yuksek and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet on the International Space Station.
The duo who are friends, came up for the concept of this film which was to show both ships; the ship of creation in Yuksek’s studio composing music inspired by Thomas flight in space and the spaceship where Thomas is performing science for the benefit of humanity. Illustrating their daily routines everyday working life they are brought together by music that crosses borders and travels easily from Earth to space. The underlying concept for the video is that music connects people regardless of where they are. Even in Space!
Thomas Pequet is spending six months on the International Space Station as part of his Proxima mission. During Proxima, Thomas will perform around 50 scientific experiments for ESA and France’s space agency CNES as well as take part in many research activities for the other Station partners. The mission is part of ESA’s vision to use Earth-orbiting spacecraft as a place to live and work for the benefit of European society while using the experience to prepare for future voyages of exploration further into the Solar System.
Astronaut Thomas Pesquet said of the video, ‘Music makes the world go round, and listening to music as we circle Earth helps me feel connected to home and keeps me motivated. The idea for this video came from talking with Yuksek in Paris before my launch and I am glad we both found the time to make it happen. I don’t think there have been any other music videos made in space and this one is great, thanks to his talent!’
Yuksek adds, ‘I’ve always been in awe of astronauts and when I first met Thomas I had thousands of questions I wanted to ask him! Now we are firm friends and it felt a bit unreal to speak with someone about to leave the planet when he left for this mission. My album was not totally finished when Thomas took off but I loved the thought that that one the first people listening to my record would be doing it from space! We both thought “Live Alone” would be the perfect title to do a video mixing space frames and studio shots and a result we’ve got something totally unique; a music video shot from space with the vision of a cosmonaut listening to my music. I still can’t quite believe it.’
Yuksek set up his label Partyfine in 2013 which is now home to likes of Clarens, Weekend Affair, Get A Room! ‘Nous Horizon’ is his first studio album release for four years but during this time he has collaborated with Chassol, Keren Ann, Yaya Herman Dune, JD Samson, Boston Bun, The Magician (Peter & the Magician) and Alex Metric (The Alexanders), and continued to make remixes for the likes of Lana Del Rey, Phoenix, M83, Gorillaz, & Empire of the Sun.
Yuksek has also devoted a lot of time to writing for cinema, television and the stage. He composed the philharmonic orchestral music for the original soundtrack of the Valérie Donzelli movie Marguerite et Julien, (2015 Cannes Festival), and music for a Bergman play performed by Sophie Marceau on the Arte TV channel. He also wrote the instrumental arrangements for director Ludovic Lagarde’s adaptation of L’Avare (The Miser) and has composed music for documentaries and fashion shows such as Carvan and Cartier.
Yuksek will be performing live at Cigale in Paris on 12th April 2017 & also at the festival Printemps de Bourges on 21st April and headlines The Camden Assembly on March 24th 2017.
Yuksek’s new album ‘Nous Horizon’ released 24th Feb2017 on Partyfine.