Written by Paul
1Mix: Hi Ludovic, congratulations from us on the release of ‘The Wizard’. How does it feel to have the album out there?
1Mix: What was the production time like on the album? How long did it take to put together and, rough guess, how many hours of studio time cumulatively went into its production?
FT: Thanks guys! Feels great! What can I say? I feel accomplished and very fulfilled right now! It’s been so long that I’ve worked on the album. Now I can focus on other things & spend more time with my family & friends, who I feel like I’ve barely seen of late!
1Mix: It’s been on release for a couple of weeks now. Have you picked up on any early signs of track favourites from fans?
FT: ‘The Way Back Home’ seemed to be the most popular track when it was released, but ‘The Most Important Thing’ with Ludovic H. & Sarah Shields seems to have become the new trending track off the album
FT: I worked on it for 4 years with different versions of each track you can hear now. Even at the last minute I reworked almost the whole album. I didn’t put on it all the tracks I worked on because it could be a 4 CD album, but I think I spent around 8000 hours easily on it (quick calculation, that’s 333 days & nights folks!), from a full day of kick bass work to a couple of hours for making one track. It was a very long process, I must admit.
1Mix: You have a fair amount of fresh-to-the-scene vocalists working on the album with you. How did you come across Erica Curran, Poppy and others?
FT: Hannah & Erica were introduced to me by the label. I met Poppy & Sarah through Ludovic H. and we became friends. They are fabulous & so talented. I’m really proud to show them to the world because you can easily keep on eye on them, it will not be the last time you hear about them. I really hope to work with them again in future.
1Mix: You do though have at least some fellow countrymen working on the album with you. Tell us who they are and what it is they bring to the co-productions?
FT: Stonevalley and Karybde & Scylla. They are for me the most consistent producers in France and very talented as well. But before all, they are close friends of mine and so it was easy to work together. Karybde & Scylla already helped me on my first album so now it was a great opportunity to do an official collaboration together. Also I must not forget Alexandre Bergheau, who is not on my album or Alex Wackii. It’s good to see a new generation of producers that are motivated in producing trance.
1Mix: The release represents the first album outing for Always Alive. Part of the Enhanced group of course, it’s a label that seems to personify your sound to a T. How is it working with those guys?
FT: Always Alive is A&R’d by Daniel Kandi. He is a very good friend of mine & we understand each other so much. We love the same style, and we have the same view on music, so working with him is very easy for me.
1Mix: What’s next in the Ferry Tayle tail?
FT: A new album, more collaborations with producers I love and scoring some documentaries & movies. I’m a workaholic so I never really stop!