« Jazz and hip-hop influences coupled with big, heavy percussion. » COMPLEX UK
« Tumbling Afro-beats that had even the most reserved festival-goer wiggling a toe or two…. the crowd was locked in for a fun 30 minutes of dancing . » THE LINE OF BEST FIT
« We can be rest assured the producer will be climbing the ranks quickly. » XLR8R
« Keep an eye out for iZem’s African and Latin-inspired productions. » OKAYAFRICA
iZem (the acronym of “in ze early morning”) is the alter ego of the French-born music producer Jérémie Moussaid Kerouanton. He has been relentlessly exploring new horizons, in a constant search for links between cultures through music and technology. He has been producing and deejaying under the name iZem from every corner of the globe for the last 10 years, and his efforts to travel off the beaten track have long been supported by some of the greatest tastemakers, including Gilles Peterson, Bonobo, Mount Kimbie, Lefto, Quantic or Branko…
After working in record stores and radios in Paris at the beginning of the 2000s, and in a hurry to experience the world, he left France in 2005 to work as a guitarist in musical projects in Spain and in Recife, Brazil. During his South American experience, and while spending one year in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he co-founded the online radio Groovalizacion. He continued to document his musical adventures through radio shows recorded in various places of residence. After spending several years working as a DJ in Dublin, Ireland, he moved to Lisbon in 2013, a cosmopolitan and sun-filled port city, with the idea of putting the finishing touches on his first album "Hafa", released on Soundway Records in 2016. "Hafa" is a vivid analogue-digital, genre-defying soundscape experiment drawing from the afro-centric sounds of his journey to-date and incorporating modern, soulful songwriting and hybrid beats.
The last couple of years have seen him debuting his live performance both with a full band and as a solo electronic act. He also collaborated with artists such as Brazilian legend Elza Soares, Cape-Verdean global stars Mayra Andrade and Sara Tavares as well as French beatmaker Guts. In 2018 he released an EP on the Lisbon-based Enchufada label and a single on Heavenly Sweetness which was playlisted on French Radio Nova. Injecting percussive and syncopated beats into jazz and hip-hop aesthetics , iZem has established himself as a unique and vital voice in the global music scene.