Having just made and released the stunning “Walls” EP for Ultra Music, there is no doubt that French artist Tez Cadey is incredibly talented. With the tracklist exploring a wide range of sounds, we spoke to Cadey to hear his own thoughts on them.
What first led you to make music?
I think it was a DJ at a wedding, haha. I tried mixing after that but I didn’t even have a controller and I got bored very quickly. So I went on to creating my own songs.
How would you describe your debut EP, “Walls”?
I’d describe it as melodic, dancing, dreamy and most of all honest.
There are a couple of collabs on there. How did those happen?
“Keep On Waiting” was made with my friend Napkey. We met a few years ago, got along well and shared some music. A few months later he later on sent me a demo with this great guitar riff. I immediately fell for it, so I offered him to finish the track together. The second collab was with South-African singer Julia Church. At the time I had the instrumental for “Walls” and I was looking for some vocals. I’d been following Julia since she released her song “Soulmate” with Mozambo. I contacted her directly through Facebook. She has an amazing voice, I’m glad she was up for it!
You’re from Paris. How much of the city is in your music?
I spent my time at high-school in Paris but I’ve been in Lille for the past five years. I’ve definitely been influenced by a lot of Parisian bands, but I don’t think Paris is directly present in my music. To be more general, I’m rarely influenced by places. I prefer to try to capture emotions when making music.
What have been your favourite 3 tracks this year?
Mozambo – “Bright Side”, Etienne de Crecy – “Smile” and Gregory Porter – “Liquid Spirit” (Claptone Remix).
It’s nearly Christmas – what are you doing for the holidays?
I’ll be visiting Morocco with my family. It’s actually the only time of the year I really get to see them. So I’m looking forward to that!