JB Dunckel, one-half of the critically acclaimed electronic duo Air, marks his first solo outing in Singapore at the Esplanade Annexe Studio.
This one-night-only Singapore stopover is part of Dunckel’s Asia tour for his new album H+.
A floaty, cosmic breath of optimistic pop, H+ sees Dunckel combining his electronic roots with his love for science fiction.
Backed by a full band, he performs tracks off H+ as well as familiar selections from Air’s discography.
In light of his upcoming concert here on Singapore shores on Saturday, 2 March, POPSPOKEN interviews JB Dunckel on his new album, his story and what we can expect from his upcoming show.
POPSPOKEN: Hi JB Dunckel! What have you been up to since the new year?
JB Dunckel: I’ve recorded music soundtracks for films and TV Series. I’ve done some music for a Hermes fashion show. I’ve rehearsed the shows and I spent some time walking in Paris, watching the sky and dreaming about the future.
POPSPOKEN: Congratulations on your album release last year. What are you the most proud of H+ for?
JB Dunckel: I don’t think I’m proud of anything. I feel more a sort of internal heat about my music. I’m proud of some people but not of what I do. I feel like in a combat and I can’t stop.
POPSPOKEN: What is one interesting fact about H+ that people may not know of?
JB Dunckel: It’s the first album that I made without considering any influence of Air. It’s an album about our times that are changing so fast and will drive us in another dimension, a more technological dimension.
POPSPOKEN: Most of your songs, including the music videos and album art, explore matters of science fiction. Why is the future of technology an issue close to your heart?
JB Dunckel: I think because I feel that time is so short that I feel constantly jumping into the future. It’s like walking and watching where you put your feet. It’s also curiosity. It’s also because I’m in love with machines in general.
POPSPOKEN: How has growing up in Versailles influenced your creativity as a musician?
JB Dunckel: Versailles is full of historic ghosts. It’s a place that used to rule the world and you feel this gloomy strange power floating around you. Also I had a lot of fun there with all my friends.
POPSPOKEN: What is one common misconception about you?
JB Dunckel: I don’t know what the people think about me so I can’t imagine.
POPSPOKEN: What can we expect from your Singapore show in March at the Esplanade?
JB Dunckel: Not a hip hop show.
POPSPOKEN: Lastly, how would you like to be remembered?
JB Dunckel: I don’t want to be remembered. I want to be forgotten, that’s the peace of the soul. Maybe my music has to stay a little bit longer than me on earth, I’d like that to happen.
JB Dunckel (AIR) Live In Singapore
Mosaic Music Series
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2 Mar 2019, Sat, 7.30pm
Esplanade Annexe Studio
2hrs 30mins (including 30min changeover)
*Limited concessions for students, NSFs and seniors: 10%
Tickets now on sale: https://bit.ly/2GLHoSo
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