Petit Singe is an electronic alias of Hazina Francia created in 2013 following her interest in polyrhythms and deep bass. After years spent wandering through the outskirts of sonic experimentation and rave culture, she started walking her own path, incorporating different influences, rediscovering her eastern heritage and repurposing it by means of spiritual ambience and digital abstraction. Her groove always comes punctuated by hypnotic tribal beats that seem to fluctuate into infinity, as heard in her first release on Italian label Haunter Records, cassette tape “Tregua”. With time her sound has grown to include more strength and detail, arranging cinematic sound design and doomy pathos in a game that contrasts delicate beauty with aggression. 2017 marks a series of fundamental steps in this voyage with new album "Akash Ganga" underway.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
My biggest inspiration is my Indian origin. My tracks contain a lot of samples and tributes to Asian music. I like to mix this kind of sounds with European influences.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
I make music since I was a teenager. At the beginning I was used to making it on my own. Petit Singe was born in 2013.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Usually I’m not able to answer to these kinds of questions cause I have a “heart-playlist-ever”. Times change too fast, I am changing too fast too. Today I can answer “Elysia Crampton, Amnesia Scanner, M.E.S.H.” but there are some periods when I can’t listen to a specific genre and I totally change my sound directions. I think music is too personal and flexible to kill it via ranking.
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
To be honst, I’ve never been to Berlin, neither as a tourist or nor as an artist. I’ve heard really nice and positive things about the city's music culture. I’m really curious to visit it. I’ll be there at the end of May with the Haunter family
5. What's your favourite place in your town?
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Blonde, Frank Ocean
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Lately I’m really appreciating collectives such as Bala Club and STAYCORE. I really love their vibes and I admit that I’d really like to collaborate with these kinds of music scenes.
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Saturnalia 2016, in Milan. I’ve played my lives the day1. I was really thrilled, such a beautiful vibes during the twoday-festival
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
It’s really important. All my works arise from digital thought. Computers, drum machines, etc are generally a big proportion of what I’m used to listening to.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
Nope unfortunately, I’m an only child.