InFiné Music represents the creme de la creme of the French electronic scene. Within, there are a whole host of projects and people, some departures, and some new faces, from all over the world. Next year, the label celebrates its 15th birthday. Fifteen years during which InFiné has been a pioneer, discovering and signing (in chronological order) Francesco Tristano, Danton Eeprom, Rone, Aufgang, Clara Moto, Arandel, Bachar Mar-Khalifé, Oxia and, more recently, Deena Abdelwahed.
Much like its leitmotiv ‘Easy music for the hard to please’, InFiné has always taken risks, going far from the beaten track and embracing total eclecticism. Founded in 2006 by Alexandre Cazac, Yannick Matray, and Agoria – who left in 2011 – the record company has become a lair for formidable electro music makers. Less than two years after Agoria's departure, artistic director Alexandre Cazac hammered home his vision for modern day record making: ‘I would like the label to be the Villa Médicis (the French Institute in Rome where young artists are invited to exhibit their work) of the future’.
It has an experimental dimension with a laboratory space largely taken over by Rone, who was recently seen on stage in Paris presenting Room With a View, an ultra-intense musical and dance show about civil and ecological collapse, conceived in the brilliant company of Collectif (LA)HORDE. InFiné likes new encounters, and the breaking down of stylistic barriers. For instance, the pianist Francesco Tristano collaborating with Carl Craig, or Murcof in communion with Vanessa Wagner for a unique collaboration between classical, ambient and electro music – aesthetic climaxes rarely reached in the genre, except perhaps by Aphex Twin. InFiné is a dynamic incubator, and has created work such as the illustrious compilations InFiné Explorer describes as ‘meetings beyond borders’ between as yet unknown artists. There were also the lamented Workshops, a festival and residency taking place in a quarry located in the centre of France, which has given birth to, amongst others, the group Composer (bringing together the artists Nimp and Fraction).
From Franco-Lebanese Bachar Mar-Khalifé to the Tunisian Deena Abdelwahed, via the Austrian Clara Moto, the Mexican Cubenx, and Downliners Sekt from Barcelona, the geography of InFiné Music erases every border and puts the word ‘diversity’ in the spotlight. A real melting pot – with a French Touch.