Red Bull Music Academy in Paris recently hosted Laurent Garnier chatting about his career, his views on the scene today and much more.
“By the time I was ten years old my bedroom looked like a nightclub. There were strobes, multi-coloured flashing lights, a disco ball, a DJ booth and a dance floor. When I switched on my equipment hundreds of tiny white lights would flit across my bedroom ceiling and walls. I switched on my disco ball every night. I only dreamt of one thing: making people dance.” – Laurent Garnier
Laurent Garnier has been making the planet dance for almost 30 years. And, for all these years, his boundless energy has seen him grooving behind record decks, bouncing up and down behind studio equipment and leaping around radio studios. He is a multi-faceted artist whose impact on the music scene is far-reaching. But above all he is a DJ, a true DJ: transformed by music, passionate about the crowd. Bodies move in a trance on the dance floor, minds elsewhere. Yet he is also an explorer of old and new sounds and has an amazingly rich musical culture. He spends most of his spare time sifting through old vinyl in record shops, following the most obscure leads on the internet and listening to every single piece of music he is sent. Music, the pulse of our planet, is his Holy Grail.
One of the pioneering DJs of the dance music scene, Laurent Garnier experienced first-hand the euphoria of the acid-house movement in Manchester. He then went on to Wake Up and shake up Paris nightlife, from La Luna to the Palace, not forgetting the Rex Club. As one of the leading lights in French dance music at the end of the 1980’s, he then spread his message across the planet, from raves to warehouse parties, clubs to festivals. The Excess Luggage 5-CD collection sums up the somewhat hectic life of this globetrotting DJ whose antennae are permanently tuned-in to sounds from around the globe, current trends, and the music of the next generation. At the beginning of 2011, Laurent Garnier was the only Frenchman to be voted one of the top 35 international DJs by readers of the UK magazine Mixmag. One of many accolades for this turntable impresario whose incredible DJ sets blend techno from Detroit and beyond, and mix in hints of jazz, sweltering disco, heart-warming house, African grooves, jungle, dubstep and bass music. Musical eclecticism is at the heart of Laurent Garnier’s contribution to radio. At the beginning of the 1990’s, Laurent Garnier got behind the microphone, playing records on Radio FG, Maxximum and Radio Nova, where he remained a vital force for the next 18 years. Uncovering rare records, selecting new sounds and promoting new trends, Laurent Garnier has found great satisfaction and pleasure in radio broadcasting. To the point when, in 2003, he created Pedro’s Broadcasting Basement, his own webradio open day and night that can be accessed across the planet. And as if that was not enough, for four successive years he presented his own weekly radio show It Is What It Is, broadcast in France (Le Mouv), Belgium (Pure FM), Switzerland (Couleur 3) and Mali (La Chaine 2).
Red Bull Music Academy
After São Paulo, London, New York and Tokyo, it was in Paris that the 17th edition of the Red Bull Music Academy will be held in autumn 2015. Founded in 1998, the Red Bull Music Academy and its form of inter-generational dialogue program is a unique platform of its kind.
Be they producers, singers, beat-makers, musicians or DJs, 60 selected participants will share their days between conferences and intimate studio sessions where they can share and collaborate with influential figures in modern music.Since its inception, the Academy has hosted more than 1,500 young musicians from around the world, enabling them to meet prestigious figures as diverse as Giorgio Moroder, Steve Reich, Mark Ronson, Q-Tip, Skream or Bob Moog, for n ‘to name a few. Among its alumni, the RBMA has many established artists today, like Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Nina Kraviz, Aloe Blacc, Natalia Lafourcade and Katy B.