The trailer for the documentary series – Sounds Of Surfing, which documents the story behind Molécule’s latest creation, will be shown at Quiksilver Pro France on October 04, 2019, with its release scheduled in January 2020.
Press Release: This year marks the 50th anniversary of Quiksilver. Its roots have always been firmly grounded in the surfing world, successfully combining art with performance and innovation. Staying true to these ethics, Quiksilver is supporting the first opus from the documentary series “Sounds of Surfing (S.O.S)” alongside Ed Banger and Seinheiser. Produced by LK RTEL and directed by Vincent Kardasik, S.O.S – A side: Molécule x Nazaré dives head-first into the first stage of Molecules latest challenge: to compose an album at the heart of one of the world’s most dangerous waves. The unexpected combination of big wave surfing and electronic music.
The trailer for Sounds Of Surfing – A Side: Molécule x Nazaré and the experience “The Sound of Nazaré” by Molécule will be shown to media on October 04 during the Quiksilver Pro France 2019 (the only round of the professional World Surfing Championships to take place in France, from October 03 to 13 in Hossegor). More info and the teaser will also be available from October 04 on quiksilver.com and Quiksilver’s social networks.
The Concept of Sounds Of Surfing (S.O.S)
February 2019, Nazaré: the musician Romain de la Haye- Serafini aka ‘Molécule’ set himself a new artistic challenge.
The challenge: to record the sound of one of the biggest waves in the world, with which he would go on to create original and unique music.
His goal: to create music that emphasises the power of Nazaré, the legendary surf spot that combines chaos and grace and to source sound directly from the natural phenomenon.
Under the guidance of filmmaker Vincent Kardasik, the LK RTEL team and the worlds big wave surfing elite’s, Molecule literally submerged himself in the ocean. The Moroccan Quiksilver team surfer Othmane Choufani, accompanied him. Over the course of this experience, Molécule completely immersed himself in big wave surf culture, learning the codes from those who take on extraordinary swells, building a bridge and uniting two universes, with one common denominator: adventure.
The release of the Molecule EP is scheduled for January 2020, as is the 26-minute documentary Sounds Of Surfing – A side: Molécule x Nazaré, which will be broadcast exclusively on quiksilver.com for 48 hours. A world premiere is also scheduled.
The Creation Timeline
February 2019: Recording the sound of Nazaré wave
June 2019: Molécule composes his works at Saint Jean de Luz (Basque Country), in the Quiksilver House, with a sea view.
July 2019: Mixing session at the Quiksilver Drop-In Studio
During the “Marées Alternatives” festival that went down on the 20th of July, Molécule and Pedro Winter aka Busy P mixed at an exceptional party.
Molécule, about this project: “Used to extreme lonely adventures, this project has brought me more than any other to my own limitations. These monumental, almost animal waves once again showed me all the power and fascinating beauty of nature. Listening to these elements is for me an almost vital, necessary need. It is also a senseless collective and human adventure where each surfer has literally risked his own life to help me capture the sounds at the heart of this monumental wave. I will be forever grateful to them: RESPECT.”
Vincent Kardasik, producer and movie maker: “Keeping in line with cinematographic documentaries, S.O.S is an extension of my work, with the objective of opening up the closed universe of big wave surfing and electronic music to the public, by humanising it”.
Pedro Winter, founder of the Ed Banger records label: “I have been following Molécule’s work for a few years. Always attracted by his curious eye and his desire to surpass himself. The world is his studio, from a trawler to an igloo, we now find him at the foot of an ocean monster, Nazaré! Accompanying this kind of artist is a pleasure. I let myself be carried away right away, I already dream of us on the North Shore of Maui to meet Peahi.’’
For Othman Choufani, Quiksilver Team Surfer, the experience was totally unique “It sounds funny to say it, but we were literally fishing for sounds, to the rhythm of the big waves. I’d say what really struck us the most when we finished a session, was to hear the loud thud of the impact of the wave on the water. It was crazy to think that this project would allow us to listen to that at any time and even to dance to it!’’
Molécule is an extraordinary musician. Few electronic artists can claim to have the audacity of Romain De La Haye, alias Molécule. Producer, DJ, Molecule is an adventurer, literally and figuratively speaking, who likes to confront extraordinary experiences and territories to nourish his imagination and extract an extraordinary sound and visual material. The result is powerful, abyssal music that takes shape in fascinating and moving performances. Thrills guaranteed.
“60°43 North” is the project that has made him “the pioneer of nomadic electronic music”. In 2013, he leaves on board an industrial trawler, with his “home studio” to compose music as close as possible to the storm. The result: the album “60°43 North” composed in-situ in 34 days without stopovers in the extreme conditions of the North Atlantic Ocean, bordering Iceland and Scotland.
In the winter of 2017, Molécule left again, heading for Greenland. He spent 5 weeks in a small, totally isolated hunting village. With the silences recorded on the ice floe, he composed the album “-22.7°C” entirely on-site. An album that bears witness to the beauty and fragility of nature in a polar environment.
About LK RTEL
Founded in 2008, LK RTEL celebrated its 10th anniversary with its award-winning documentary, “Vague à L’ame” that takes the audience on an extreme tour around the world, following the big wave riders, Shane Dorian and Benjamin Sanchis.
Since the very beginning, the Hossegor based company hasn’t stopped pushing the boundaries of film production in surfing and beyond, playing to their strengths in digital cinema. LK RTEL has international acclaim, and between filming campaigns for the biggest brands in the action sports industry, collaborating on cinema sets and advertising film sets, the team also find time to produce more personal and involved projects, such as S.O.S.
About Ed Banger records
Independent electronic music label founded in 2003 by Pedro Winter. The label offered us the artists Justice, Beakbot, Mr Oizo, Dj Mehdi, Busy P, Myd etc. Influential label at the international level, ambassador of the French touch in the four corners of the world.
Quiksilver is an emblematic boardsports brand of Boardriders, Inc., founded by a group of surfing enthusiasts in Australia in 1969. True to a unique lifestyle, Quiksilver holds passion, authenticity, and innovation to be fundamental values. The brand’s identity is represented by its logo, a mountain inside a wave symbolizing its attachment to boardsports and its playgrounds, the sea and the slopes. Quiksilver products cover the whole range of sportswear, accessories and boardsports gear. Quiksilver is also intimately associated with the very best athletes and the biggest events in the history of boardsports.