DJ H Chimist Premieres “Life Bond” And Reveals More About His Music Career

DJ H Chimist is a Paris-based underground composer. He was inspired by hip hop and rap music from the beginning. Among French rappers, he’s created multiple albums.

He has approximately 7 million YouTube views as a result of all of these partnerships. In addition, he has collaborated with a number of labels and appeared on a number of prominent French radio stations.

He now invites musicians from all around the globe to collaborate on his many instrumental projects, which include rap, pop, calm, reggaetón, cinema music and many more. DJ H Chimist has broadened his musical horizons as a result of these collaborations.

During our chat, he opened up about his musical career and his most recent endeavour, which I believe you should not miss out on.

What is your real name?
My name is Hakim Borni

What’s your official Showbiz name?
DJ H Chimist

How did you get into music?
I entered the music very young 12 years. My elder brothers bathed me involuntarily in a musical environment very regularly (cd, cassette, vinyl) and played a good part of the day at home with a rather strong volume, in eclectic kinds (Funk, rap, soul, pop, rock…).

I tried to break dancing to finally devote myself to deejaying at the age of 14. I took part in many scenes of a concert, meeting between DJs for a battle of scratch.

During these years, I also built up a good musical culture in the rap scene. It was only a few years later that I also dedicated myself to composition and making my own instruments. It was a beautiful time for me, authentic, effervescent.

What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
I am currently in the field of production (self-production) with my label BomB H, I also compose my music and I invite singers from all over the world depending on their artistic feeling to come and sing on my instruments to finalize my projects.

I find that the record industry has become very difficult in the competition, there are many more people than before. You really need to work hard every day if you want to get noticed and hope to be in the top ranks.

What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
I didn’t really have the first project, I was working with local bands in my city as a DJ in local gigs and composer at the beginning, we were trying to release projects, and we were tinkering.

After a while, a nationally known artist from my city contacted me because he had heard my instrumentals. He proposed I produce the entirety of his album, this rapper is called MYSTIK and we produced the album “Mystik et DJ H Dans les rues de Marseilles” in 2004.

We are originally from Paris, and we made the album in Marseille, the idea being to travel through the big cities of France and to make featuring with the promising artists. Marseille was the first city we chose. I was 20 years old, and we became real friends afterwards.

DJ H Chimist Premieres 'Life Bond' And Reveals More About His Music Career
DJ H Chimist Premieres ‘Life Bond’ And Reveals More About His Music Career

Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
Music is a universal language, it’s the only language that you don’t need to learn to understand each other, anywhere in the world. The motivation of every artist is to have a big audience and this is one of my motivations.

Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
From people who grew up more or less close to me, we hear that today some people started from nothing to end up as the head of big companies or simply that some people went to live at the other end of the world to have a simple life, far from civilization.

Yes I admire them, they took risks, and I admire their ability to believe in their dreams, which in the end became reality.

What do you look out for in this line of business?
I am looking to prosper. To live fully from my music as a producer and composer. It’s difficult but possible if you work hard and really believe in it

What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
To acquire a nice fanbase and make a hit, which propels me a little higher, would allow me to work more easily in terms of time and investment.

I could delegate more of the administrative tasks to have more time for the thing I had opted for in the first place, which is to make music.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
The Internet has had a huge impact on the music industry, it has shaken the record companies and all the traditional chains of industry players, (physical distributors, publishers etc.).

From one day to the next, young artists didn’t need a record company to find their fans, thanks to the internet they were able to get more fans than ever before. The cards were reshuffled, and the domains were no longer the same.

Before, record companies had to find fans willing to buy your album, a real risk, whereas now record companies only hire you if you come with millions of fans. The cards have been shuffled, the internet is a big part of it.

Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Yes, don’t neglect the promotion side of your releases, it’s very important. Spend more time promoting your projects if you are not signed to a record company. I would say 30% time making music and 70% time promoting it.

If you really believe in your music, create your network, communicate with other artists, prospect, and talk about your music, you will compose less, but it’s worth it.

We were talking about the internet in the previous question, it also allows you to promote your music yourself.

What is your current project about?
I produce my own music regularly, I also produce 2 Belgian and French singer artists that I like. I think they have talent and I help them on their musical path.

I’m also currently composing for a French TV series (for the cinema) in the genre of film music, and music to the image. It seems to be going in a good direction for the moment, I hope so

What are your hobbies?
I try to do all this when I have some free time but yes I like sports, video games, walking in the mountains and travelling, seeing other horizons

What do you do aside from this profession?
I was a chemist before in a pharmaceutical company, hence my artist name 🙂 I had to make a choice between music and chemistry because of a lack of time. So I put chemistry on hold for a few years to devote myself fully to music.

What is one message you would give to your fans?
I love them, they may not realize it but they are so important to the artists, it’s thanks to them if the magic happens in the concerts, it’s thanks to them if the artists exist. Big thanks for them. One love.

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