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- Laurent Garnier is a French techno music producer and DJ. Laurent Garnier began DJ-ing in Manchester during the late 1980s. By the following decade, he had a broad stylistic range, able to span classic deep house and Detroit techno, the harder side of acid/trance and jazzy tracks as well. He added production work to his schedule in the early 1990s and recorded several LPs.
During the late 1970s Laurent Garnier discovered clubbing with his brother in Paris, where his family lived. He loved disco but also listened to all other contemporary musical genres: reggae, funk, punk... At the age of 16 Laurent was already interested in clubs and DJs and had started recording and mixing music on basic tape recorders.
In 1984, Laurent started working as a waiter for the French Embassy in London. He stayed there for a year and a half before moving to Manchester in 1986. England was a revelation for him, as he discovered the booming UK house scene and started DJing.
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Garnier describes his playing style as "shakey, shakey wiggle your botty" and if you have experienced any of his legendary genre-hopping sets, it's very hard to disagree. The ability to mix funk, electro, hip hop, techno, jazz, and disco with almost effortless ease and the stamina to do so for 8hrs straight has earned him the deserved reputation as one of the best DJs on the planet.
Born in Paris in 1965, Laurent was raised on music. At the age of five his babysitter, the managing director of CBS records, was giving him records by bands like Santana, Earth, Wind & Fire and The Jackson Five. His father ran bumper cars and Laurent recalls a house full of the latest 7"s that were used to soundtrack the cars. By the time he was 12, Laurent had bought his first mixer and decks. "My parents were taking me to clubs and the music was thumping, the lights, everything was marvelous. It was really beautiful to watch someone with the power to make people dance". Within a year he was making mix tapes for his mates and DJ'ing at his school-friends parties and by 14, he had played his first allnighter, New Year's Eve at his grandmother's restaurant. "You wanna be a DJ?" My Grandmother said, "You're going to have to do it."
A pioneer of the early Acid-house movement in the late eighties and the only Frenchman that can boast a residency at the infamous Hacienda, he returned to the U.K. for a bi-monthly residency at The End in 2004 marked unusually by the fact that he never featured a warm-up act, preferring instead to play from 10pm right through until 8am closing, exhibiting a style unlike any other DJ.
Garnier has produced five studio albums to date which have included such greats as 'Acid Eiffel', 'The Man with the Red Face', and 'Crispy Bacon'. His newest fare 'Tales of a Kleptomaniac' is described as "a classic" Gilles Peterson. "What a rocket to kick off 2009....my gosh he's setting the bar high with his long awaited return to the land of music making...yes, yes my friend, Garnier's back! On this, his fifth proper album, the world's greatest DJ comes back with quite possibly his greatest album....It has taken a while we know, time also spent making children and moving down to Provence from Paris, but its' been time well spent as I truly believe he's bettered '30' and 'Unreasonable Behaviour'. 'Tales of a Kleptomaniac' not only contains 'big club nuggets' like the Inner visions fronted 'Back to my Roots' and current monster 'Gnanmankoudji' with huge afro horn break n' all....'Tales of a Kleptomaniac' is also a brilliant work which, as the title suggests, represents perfectly, a man fanatically in touch with the natural development of music - he's like a chef cooking up a meal no one's ever thought of before....and it tastes mighty good - like a musical Heston Blumenthal!!On this 12 track adventure Laurent balances the styles just right - from the dance floor to the grimy back room this collection covers Laurent's panoramic vision perfectly... Kicking off with a modern day funk anthem 'No Musik' evokes groups like Kleeer and Cameo using Dub Step snares and electro sounds over a sugarhill rapture - If only the Hacienda was still open today... 'Tales of a Kleptomaniac' is a classic, possibly Laurent Garnier's greatest work and for that I salute him and look forward to the live shows throughout 2009..."
With this in mind, his upcoming live and DJ set promises to deliver both sides of what makes Laurent Garnier not only a great musician and producer, but also a DJ capable of captivating and destroying the dance floor.
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Since his debut at Manchester’s Hacienda in 1987, the beginning of the Acid House explosion, Laurent Garnier has played a key role in the development of the electronic music scene. Over the last ten years he has built up his international reputation by playing at all the major clubs and festivals worldwide. During this time he has been voted best international DJ by the music press and has built up a very special relationship with his public. Laurent Garnier is very different from your average DJ. You only have to witness the queues of enthousiasts in front of the Rex Club in Paris or L’Anfer in Dijon where he held long-term residencies.
Laurent Garnier is respected by both the godfathers of techno in Detroit, with whom he has built close links, as well as by the younger generation of producers and DJs to whom he has given a taste for electronic music through his DJ sets and radio shows...
Aside from his successful DJ career, Laurent Garnier has always produced his own music. In 1991, he released a series of Eps on the Fnac Dance Division label. This work continued with the creation of his own record label F Communications in 1994, with Eric Morand. The release of tracks such as ‘Acid Eiffel’ and ‘Wake Up’ on FNAC Dance Division served as a springboard for a new French electronic scene. Rarely before had French music been so easy to export.
In effect, Laurent Garnier became the first ambassador for French house and techno abroad. In October 1994, he released his first album ‘Shot in the Dark’ and subsequently became one of the first French artists to be invited to perform on the prestigious ‘Peel Sessions’, broadcast on BBC Radio 1.
The release of his second album ‘30’ was another turning point in Laurent Garnier’s career. From here on, Garnier decided to slow down his hectic DJ schedule in order to concentrate on producing more of his own music. However, this did not prevent him Djing on the main stage at the first Techno Parade in Paris in September 1998, in front of an audience of 100,000 people. That same year he won the ‘Victoire De La Musique’ award for his album ‘30’ ;a great honour as this was the first year that there was a category for Dance music. During the award ceremony at the Olympia in Paris, he performed ‘Acid Eiffel’ live, accompanied by violin and percussion. As a result of this performance being broadcast live on French national prime-time TV techno, which had previously been misunderstood finally began to gain recognition from a wider French public.
He fine-tuned his live show whilst performing at several of the major European festivals (Sonar, Borealis, T in The Park, Creamfields…) before returning that same year to the stage of the Olympia accompanied by 14 musicians and dancers. The experience of this performance and the full European tour that followed , including the Montreux Jazz Festival, proved to be a very important influence for what was to follow.
With the release of “Unreasonable Behaviour” in 2000 Laurent Garnier produced his most accomplished and personal album to date. This surprising record does not shy away from exploring more diverse and tormented sounds than we have previously been accustomed to in his work, resulting in praise from the press as well as the public with over 250,000 copies sold and one undeniable hit “The Man With The Red Face”
This album also enabled Laurent to continue to explore his fascination with the visual element and young directors. Following the succes of videos such as “Flashback” directed by Quentin Dupieux, Laurent called on Vito Rocco, Siraj Jhaveri and César Vayssié to create videos for several tracks on the album keeping true to the same off beat humour and mixed up emotions.
When “Unreasonable Behaviour” had been completed Laurent Garnier embarked on a tour of over 60 dates across Europe and USA. Whether playing sold out gigs at the Elysée Montmartre in Paris or headlini
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