Rone: pioneer of the Joué Play catalog

French electro musician Erwan Castex, a.k.a. Rone, is the very first artist to offer users of
the Joué V2 app to remix his tracks through the brand new Artist Packs. We sat down with
him to talk about his collaboration with Joué and his relationship with the instrument.
“Joué is an instrument that encourages people to learn to play, with which you can really
have fun while learning, so taking that to a wider audience makes perfect sense to me.”  Rone.
 

You are the first musician whose tracks are available via the Artist Packs, through which anyone can remix a few of your tunes via the Joué V2 app. How did that happen?

Very simply: I just agreed to the use of my music. I think it’s great that people can break
down and reinvent my tracks to really make them their own. I always liked the principle of
the remix in general, the fact an artist works on another artist’s music. Lots of producers are distrustful at the idea of giving access to elements of their tracks, as if their music had to retain its mystery or something. But I think it’s super exciting on the contrary, plus it’s an honor as a musician that people should rework my tracks. I also trust the Joué team
completely: they have a benevolent and human approach to music that I really appreciate.

As a matter of fact, Joué Music Instruments and Rone go back a long way. Can you tell us about the history of your collaboration?

My first encounter with Joué was a few years ago at the Yeah! Festival organized by Laurent Garnier in the south of France. I met Pascal there, the boss of Joué, and loved the
instrument right away, but also Pascal himself, who talked about it with so much passion. I
got to try it and found it amazing, a hybrid between a music instrument and an electronic
device with a human touch. A little while later, I did a slightly unusual concert since I was
playing with a choir of 18 young girls. My part was really simple, just a few notes, so I
thought it would be interesting and fun to play them on my Joué. That was the first time I
used it onstage. Today I use it from time to time, both in concert and in the studio.

 

rone x joué

 2017 @YeahFestival 

As a musician, what do you like about Joué and what do you think of Joué V2, that aims to make its use even more accessible?

First of all, I love how the Joué is like a Swiss army knife: since you can change the control
surface super easily, you can do whatever you want. And what’s unique about this
instrument is that it’s both a fun and pedagogical toy for amateur musicians, and a truly
professional device at the same time. As for Joué V2, I have two kids and the pedagogical
aspect of this new project really spoke to me, since 90% of children who learn a music
instrument drop it because it’s too hard. Joué is an instrument that encourages people to
learn to play, with which you can really have fun while learning, so taking that to a wider
audience makes perfect sense to me.

 

How were the tracks chosen that will be available in your Artist Pack?

The choice of “Bye Bye Macadam” and “Parade” was easy: they’re accessible tracks because they’re simple, and also among the most popular I’ve done. It made sense for this project to go for that type of track. And then we added a recent tune from the soundtrack I made for Les Olympiades, the latest movie by French director Jacques Audiard.

How does it feel to be the first artist in the Joué Play catalogue?

It’s a new and unprecedented experience for me, and I love the idea of being the pioneer. I
think that this concept is going to take off and that Joué is going to be very successful, so I’m really proud to be the first artist to participate.

 

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Available as a direct download in the app that comes with the instrument, each Artist Pack allows you to be guided to play your favorite artist's songs in no time with different levels of difficulty. To take it a step further, you can use the downloaded instruments for your own creations. To discover the songs selected for the Rone Artist Packs, click here.

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