La Mverte (Alexandre Berly) is a Paris based DJ and producer known for his dark sounds that got remixed by the likes of Miss Kittin or Alejandro Paz. The video he just dropped for his new single ‘Through The Circles‘ may let you think he is the D. Lynch of disco. Since he released his new album ‘The Inner Out‘ in October via Her Majesty’s Ship (order here), we thought it would be a good time to invite him to the LSD FAZE TIME chair – read his answers below!
My name is Alexandre Berly but you might know me as La Mverte. I was born in Senlis, a bit north of Paris, France, and grew up in many different places, from the likes of Paris, Versailles, New York and even the Mauritius Island. When I was a child my idol was Dave Gahan, because of his voice and the music of Depeche Mode, obviously.. When I was 14-15, I started playing bass guitar, first with a few lessons and then on my own. It was then when I realised that I got hooked and decided to delve deeper in the abyss of music. Since then I never came back to the surface.
One of the best gigs I played was the last party at +-0 in Berlin with my friends Hugo Capablanca, Marc Piñol and Cosmo Vitelli, a few years ago. It was so much fun hanging around in the huge warehouse, its several stages and the underneath club / art gallery and playing music on the very, very loud system, loud enough to make the needles jump off the records.
One of the best gigs I have been to was Alain Bashung’s last performance at Elysée Montmartre in Paris. I loved everything, the music of course, and the man himself was surreal, singing his while fighting cancer in advanced level. Bashung is one of the best french writers / singers to me.
Now I live in Paris, near Stalingrad with half of my records (the other one burnt), my books and magazines. In my house you can find my notes on loose sheets all round the place, and my refrigerator is usually full with good treats and condiments. I enjoy cooking and drinking a lot. I can spend hours over dinners and drinks with friends. One of my favorite places to visit is l’International Records, in Paris, because i like digging new records there and enjoy spending time with Dave, the owner, and the regulars.
On weekdays I usually work on music, either new material, remixes or my liveset, as well as dig new tracks and on weekends I usually hit the road and play my Live set or as a DJ.
My favorite song at the moment is Peter Gordon – Condo. A film I watched lately and really liked was The Game. The last series I watched and loved was Mindhunter.
I am very inspired by everything, but most of the time books and memories. My dream is to keep making and playing music, and pursuing my journey, hence not knowing where it will lead me.. My worst nightmare is going deaf, even if sometimes it would be better..
I love truffled fries and hate warm beer. I am addicted to spicy food, I just cannot stop wearing my leather jacket even if it has holes everywhere inside.
I get totally fucked up, when I drink too much and don’t eat (classic way of being TOTALLY fucked up). The next day I need to drink liters of water, eat A LOT and watch b-movies (in this order).
Local Suicide reminds me of Berlin.
Tomorrow I will start working on a new remix. Next month I’ll have lots of gigs i’m looking forward to, especially my first time in Kiev. Next year seems a bit far but will see new things coming from me one way or another, definitely. In 10 years I hope I’ll still do what I do today.
If I wasn’t a musician, I would be a strategic planner (maybe ?). If my life was a Hollywood movie, I guess all the actors i like would be too old to play my character, so none of them would have the main role, because they would simply be too old, or dead. If I could have sex with anyone, it would be my inner self.
If I was a car, I would be a nothing else, because i don’t have a license and, to be honest, cars don’t interest me. If I was an animal, I would be a cat (of course). If I was a drug I would be addictive and consuming. If I was an invention, I would be a living machine with AI. If I was an object, I would be a living machine with AI. If I could date myself, I would probably hate myself as well.
If I could play with anyone it would be Chris and Cosey. I would like to collaborate with Bernard Fèvre / Black Devil Disco Club. If I had only one wish, it would be to have more wishes. I would never live another life, because I try not to have regrets with this one.
My word of advice to the reader would be to do what you want, but for the good reasons.