Betül: Hello Stéphane! Could you first tell us a bit about yourself?
Fytch: Hey! My name is Stéphane Lo Jacono, I’m 21 and I’m half French, Half Croatian. I was born in Paris but I spent most of my life living in the Netherlands. I’m currently studying Electronic Production and Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, from which I hope to graduate in December this year.
Betül: We can see that music is a passion for you. When did you discover your talent?
Fytch: I don’t feel like I ever discovered my talent. I started taking classical guitar lessons at the age of 5 and then piano lessons at the age of 14. Around 14 is also when I started being interested in electronic music and decided to teach myself to produce. There was no particular moment when I felt I reached a certain instrumental or musical proficiency. I slowly got better over time and by listening to a lot of music and trying a lot of different things, I started to develop a taste and style for my own music.
Betül: Were there people who supported you and directed you about music?
Fytch: When I started out, it was mostly promotional channels on YouTube that supported my music. For example JD4D was the first label to show interest directly and get in contact with me. Other than that, my main motivation came from friends and family who slowly heard my music and also started to show interest in it. In terms of artists that inspired me and thereby directed my musical choices, I would say Noisia, Gramatik and Flux Pavilion were the three most influential. I learned a lot by listening to their music and trying to imitate and recreate aspects of it.
Betül: Your songs are gloomy and have a structure that attracts people when they listen. It’s a fact that you are making an obvious difference in the dupstep at this point. Can we say that this gloomy style reflects your inner world? Is there anything you can share with us about it?
Fytch: That gloomy aspect definitely comes from an introspective approach. I want to create two layers in my tracks: on one level the song should make an impression on you that should be immediate when you hear the song, however, on another level when you listen to it more carefully, deeper meaning should be revealed. All of this definitely reflects my inner world and my personal search for answers. I believe there are the same two layers in our experience of life – one is represented by the belief systems that we are taught and the conventions that we adhere to in society. The other is the hidden, the esoteric, the truth that we all know is there but can’t quite touch. I hope my music can make people search for this deeper understanding.
Betül: In which period of your musical life did you experience an obvious leap of success? And what did you feel when you got the first big success?
Fytch: There was no particular point that marked a leap in success. Things evolved very slowly and gradually. Since I’m still studying, I don’t get to dedicate as much time as I’d like to my music, and I hope to make the leap you’re talking about as soon as I’m done with my studies in December. Being able to work on music full time will open doors for me to do more shows and get more material out.
Betül: Are there difference between your dreams before your fame and your present dreams? If so, can you tell us about them?
Fytch: My dreams and goals are still the same, since I don’t consider that I’m doing music full time. In the future, I would like to open my own studio in an isolated area like the French alps and work with a lot of the people I met leading up to this point. By doing this, I hope to expand my art beyond music, into the visual realm through image and video. My priority remains doing music full time!
Betül: Where does the ‘Fytch’ name come from? Why did you want to be known as ‘Fytch’?
Fytch: Unfortunately I don’t have a good answer for this. I decided on the name Fytch before I even started producing and so I didn’t expect it to become anything. There was no specific inspiration to use that name, but when my music started getting some traction, I decided there was no point changing the name. I’ve had thoughts of starting a new alias before, but if I do that, it will be to take a completely different approach to music under a different name.
Betül: Did you know that some of Turkish radio channels played your songs? What did you feel when you learned?
Fytch: I was really happy when I heard that ‘In These Shadows’ became popular in Turkey. Because of this I played a show at Babylon Bomonti in Istanbul on the 13th of January this year and it couldn’t have happened without the radios spreading my music. I hope that this can continue with future releases and I look forward to playing in Turkey again!
Betül: Your songs have been playing on some Turkish radio channels for years. How did this affect your career?
Fytch: The fact that my music has propagated itself in Turkey through the radios has given me a significantly larger following over the years. However, because of the price of my studies and how small radio royalties are, it hasn’t made a huge impact on my life. More importantly though, it has spread my music and opened the door for more opportunities around the world and in Turkey.
Betül: You ‘re a famous musician in Turkey as you know. Do you have any plan to come to Turkey for holiday or concert?
Fytch: I don’t have any new plans to go there since my last show, but I’m open to any opportunities to play there. I also met a lot of people when I went last time, so going there for holiday would be a great opportunity to see some of these people again!
Betül: Thank you for the valuable information you gave us and for accepting my interview request.
You can buy his exclusive songs on iTunes.