Having only released their first EP back in April, Nummer have made a swift return this month with their newest EP, ‘Reach’. With just a day to go until their debut live show, I caught up with Emmanuel and Silvère to find out a bit more about it.
How did you want the ‘Reach’ EP to differ from your first, ‘Beyond Time – Interpretations’?
E: Our first EP on Peur Bleue focused on a darker aspect of our music and Gohan (Peur Bleue A&R) really did a good job getting the “darkest” out of us. That said, we didn’t want the public to categorise us as a techno duo, we love playing disco, as much as we like mixing techno or house so we felt our second EP would have to be a bit lighter to reflect our brighter side.
Apart from the recording you did in Zygote’s studio, the entire Reach EP was produced solely on hardware. What is the reason behind this?
E: Everything we record is quite spontaneous, we don’t really like retouching and spending hours trying to get the perfect sound – ok, we’re a bit lazy too-. I remember we got so bored in the past tweaking in front of the screen, that we needed something a bit more exciting and intuitive.
Tell me a bit about the equipment you use, I hear you’ve made your own…
S: Every single synth that we own is pretty much fascinating in itself… We love the fact that the same synth could fit in a track in different ways. Also as you mentioned it we really like to build our own pieces of equipment such as a bass line synth based on Limor Fried’s designs or effect pedals from Rebel Technology (Owl pedal) where firmware can be reprogrammed with our custom effects.
How does Nummer position itself within the Going Good label?
E: We’re extremely lucky to be part of the GG family. We both have huge respect for Brian and Sal and what they accomplished with their label, bringing to the light guys like Moon B or Aquarian Foundation while keeping it real! There’s a strong identity within the label and we were super excited when Brian suggested we should do a release with them as we wanted to display something different from our EP on Peur Bleue.