The last time the Roche Musique crew descended on Los Angeles at the Regent, I instantly regretted not going. Coming across the abundance of social media posts with the audience grooving and having a good time, I further affirmed my FOMO of that night. The label itself boasts a roster of several house and disco infusing producers who are further propelling the French electronic music scene on an international scale.
Part of the Roche roster, FKJ (French Kiwi Juice) recently released his debut album, bringing the feel good vibes to life at the Novo in Los Angeles. His work carries a significant sound of funk house, that first popularized him on Soundcloud and has now gone on to establish himself as one of Roche’s most well-known artists. However, that does not mean to overlook his strong influence of jazz, where the artist acknowledges most of his musical training on the piano and saxophone comes from the genre. Noting Nina Simone and Monty Alexander as big influences, FKJ has been able to pair this along with modern day electronic music, creating quality tracks to dance and chill to.
Last Friday on a cool summer night, Dabeull opened with an energetic disco based set getting the crowd warmed up. Not failing to let his personality reflect in the music, Dabeull wasn’t afraid to get down with the crowd as he carried a fat bass and funky energy throughout his hour.
Opening with “Give U Up” FKJ began by dominating with sweet vocals ,and later jamming on the saxophone. As the audience saw him take on vocals, saxophones, keyboard, and bass throughout the set, FKJ proved to be more than a producer. A true musician in each instrument he approached, his fluid transitions from his remix of Lianne La Havas’ “Unstoppable” to album work made for an accomplished set. Playing the piano along with vocal samples, FKJ didn’t fail to have improvisational moments further bringing focus to his musicality. Other highlights of his set included “Skyline” and “Lying Together” as the producer swiftly moved from instrument to instrument composing each track live.
His ability to develop a live set that focuses on bringing live instrumentation to his both remixes and original work makes the experience as an audience fun and intriguing. Put simply, FKJ is the one-man show you do not want to miss.