May 26, 2011
interview
Norman Doray

Norman Doray has been working in the house scene for years, and is now making significant moves in EDM through collaborations with some of dance music’s biggest names. Learn about the French house sound and his new musical partnerships in our exclusive interview.

Norman Doray & Richard Grey - Champagne (Original Mix)
LessThan3: You have recently collaborated with such artists as David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, and Avicii. What was it like working with them?
Norman: It was really cool to work with guys like them. I mean, we’re all in the same music, so the vibe was already there. You need to have something there with the people you work with, and if not, it’s not going to work.
LessThan3: What aspects of your sound can only be found in a Norman Doray track? What aspects of your productions do you take the most pride in?
Norman: I think that I’m paying a lot of attention to the melody; for me it is everything. You need to feel the music. I’m also trying to make really good beat. It’s a hard job but when it works, it works really well!
LessThan3: As a French DJ how would you compare the scene in the US to that of France?
Norman: I think thats it’s a real phenomenon now in US. In Europe we discovered electronic music in the late ’90s with Daft Punk and the French touch, and it was amazing. Now people are bored and they don’t even want to see them in a club; that’s why all the European clubs are closing now. For the US, it’s the complete opposite. People are discovering this new genre and are crazy about it.
LessThan3: How do you choose what you remix? Is there a certain characteristic you look for, or do you pick tracks in some other way?
Norman: I’m really picky with remixes to be honest. I’m always trying to listen properly to the original track and see if I can bring something more or different. Sometimes the original is so good it’s pointless to do a remix.
LessThan3: If you weren’t a DJ, what would you be doing right now?
Norman: Probably what I was doing before: surfing.
LessThan3: Chase The Sun has been featured on Kaskade’s album dance.love. How did that song come to be on the compilation?
Norman: I didn’t even know that. Thanks for telling me hahaha!
LessThan3: Tell me about your collaboration with Tim Berg. Who set it up and how was working with him? What aspects of your collaboration Tweet It clearly represent Norman Doray?
Norman: I’ve been close friends with Tim for two years now. I loved his sound since the beginning and the same for him with my sound. We are both close to Sebastien Drums as well, so one day we said, “let’s do a track together.” I think that the breaks with whole melodies and the constant energy in there is a bit of my touch.
LessThan3: Doing your “job” seems like a blast. What do you do for “fun” and relax?
Norman: Sleep! No seriously, it’s a really nice job, but really more exhausting than all the others I’ve done before. I’m trying to get free time as much as I can, spending time with family and friends.
LessThan3: What has David Guetta done for your career and for the evolution of EDM worldwide?
Norman: David is the sweetest guy in this business, and I think that he deserves all this success. He brought the EDM to the top. He is always pushing me, playing his own shows all around the world, and also sometimes playing my tracks.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Norman: Viva La Vida by Coldplay, You’re My Last by Barry White, and Music Sounds Better with You by Stardust.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Norman: Melody, energy.
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