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Q&A: Ed Banger Record's Busy P on titties, robots and alter-egos

We talk to French producer and Ed Banger Records head honcho Busy P ahead of his third show in Hong Kong

Fifteen years ago a burgeoning electronic band from Paris asked party promoter Pedro Winter to be their manager. That band was Daft Punk and that promoter is now Busy P. Since then, Winter has started a record label (Ed Banger), launched the mega-career of D.A.N.C.Eers Justice and parted ways with Daft Punk to focus on nurturing the careers of his label artists, which now include the likes of Feadz, Sebastian, Uffie and DJ Medhi. On his way to play Volar on August 6, his third show in Hong Kong, Busy P took some time out to talk to Andrea Yu about titties, robots and alter-egos

Welcome back to Hong Kong. You’ve been here twice already, is that right? What keeps you coming back?
I played once at Volar and once for an Ed Banger festival organised by Volar and TK's Silly Thing. I love Volar, it's the perfect size, the sound is dope and Ben and Jaime are amazing hosts. They like to party, so do we! The Ed Banger festival was also a great moment for us in Hong Kong. It was a big venue, a big challenge. I was honoured to see we have a strong fan base in Hong Kong. It's important for me to play again at Volar, the label is now famous and it's good to give it back to the people who are trusting us since day one.

Do you remember your last show here in 2008? What was it like?
The Hong Kong crowd is a party crowd. They drink, they dance and they are open minded. We played electro, hip hop and rock, and the club was banging!

Its two years later now, how much have you and Ed Banger changed since then?
Things are going faster and faster nowadays. The artists on the label are becoming rockstars. Justice is one of the biggest dance acts, Dj Mehdi has become one of the most in demand electro DJs, Uffie is touring the world...So I can say the label is doing well.

Uffie’s in town too, but she's not on the bill for the evening. So Me (a graphic designer) is, though. How will he be contributing to the show?
Uffie needs to be in Japan so she can't stay with us sadly, but we will be with her at the Diesel event. So Me is the #2 of the label, I've been working with him since 2001. He used to play cool records, so one day we told him to rock the decks. He killed it and now he is the perfect party DJ.

Ed Banger, Justice especially, exploded onto the scene in 2007. Do you think your peak has come - and gone, or are there more great things ahead?
Ahahah nice question. Of course we have much more to offer and do. Justice is an amazing story. But luckily the label has lots of other talents to propose. Sebastian, Mr Flash, Carte Blanche, Feadz, etc...We were label of the year 2006 and 2007 in some famous electronic magazines, why not in 2010 ?

You parted ways with Daft Punk two years ago. Any regrets on either end?
No regrets. I spent 12 years with the robots, the best moments of my life. Now with Ed Banger it's chapter #2 of the best moment of my life [laughs].

Who are you listening to at the moment? What tracks and artists are setting your decks alight?
I love Siriusmo from Germany. John Grant also, he is a folk singer. I love sad songs. And Skream "outside the box" is my favourite new album.

The last time I saw you play (opening for Justice in Toronto in 2008) you told all the girls to take off their shirts because you wanted to see some titties. Any equally inspiring words to come for our crowd in Hong Kong?
Canadian boobies and HK boobies are all gorgeous, so don't hesitate!

Lastly, who is Busy “motherfucking” P?
He is the one at night, not the one answering nicely to your fun questions between two planes. I am the nice side, looking after the label and my artists. The other one is a party boy, the one you'll meet at Volar.

Check here for more details on Uffie's set at the Diesel Store on August 6.

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