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3616551380996 | 2020-12-16  
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The story behind NTO started with a match made in heaven, a kid from the South of France always hooked to his guitar, and electronic and dance music. "I believe the first time it all made sense to me was when I first listened to Underworld's live album, Everything Everything".

After going to the Sziget Festival when he was 18, NTO started to hang out regularly at La Villa Rouge, and Bar Live, two legendary clubs in the South of France. At the time, German minimal techno music was booming and Anthony Favier would spend his nights listening to Stephan Bodzin, James Holden, or the very beginnings of Paul Kalkbrenner: "My biggest music crush of all time". The evocative power of music, strong kicks and the unifying atmosphere of dancefloors: this is the triple focus that will inspire him to create and produce music without going through the usually mandatory DJ phase. NTO would spend nights, eyes set on his computer, trying to replicate songs he heard the nights before in clubs, the exact same way he would cover "Hotel California" when he was younger, or play Syd Barrett's psychedelic chords.

"What always satisfies me the most is the melody, the way notes come after one another. I try to find the most relevant idea for each song, and then, I remove all the unnecessary. The goal is to have a loop that is constant that slowly gets inside your head and eventually becomes hypnotic. In the end, what makes the difference in a song, is to only have one or two very strong elements."

Epic and minimal, spontaneous and generous, NTO's music is also about freedom. The freedom to experiment, to use arrhythmia, dissonance, "that little trance twist" that opens the doors to a new dimension. His music is also the convergence point of all of his influences: 70s rock, swing, soul music, classical music or even hip-hop! "I used to have Tetris on my Gameboy when I was a kid, not only to play but just to hold it close to my ear, and listen to its Bach-inspired theme. I loved it."

The story behind NTO is also about his friendship with Worakls and Joachim Pastor, with whom he created Hungry Music in 2013. At a time when melodic techno music was not media's first interest, the three artists were absolutely convinced that the audience couldn't get enough of it. Performing together on the Olympia's stage to the Vieilles Charrues Festival, they learned to master the stage, and seduced a new generation that would follow them faithfully from this moment on. Thanks to his hits "Trauma" and "La clé des champs", which account for several millions of streams on DSPs, NTO's career took off internationally: from The Netherlands, to Germany, to Eastern Europe to Canada... Dour, DGTL, Osheaga or the Igloofest: NTO travels from festival to festival to play his own tracks live.

Today, NTO is about to start a new chapter of his career. His desire is to let his instincts speak as if he was filled with "something he can't control". The Mediterranean Sea being his intimate horizon, he wants to explore the depth of his music. With deep basses and lysergic harmonies, he filters different layers of his melodies to make them sparkle even more, just as if they emerged from the water after hitting rock bottom. "There's an inexplicable dimension to life and I need to fill that void with music". Isn't it the essence of techno music after all, a magical creative outlet that allows us to face the world's collision together?

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