Profile - Laurent Garnier
- Miles Johnson
- 29 November 2007
Name Laurent Garnier
Who? Techno DJ and producer Laurent Garnier is one of France’s most successful musical exports. Beginning as a Madchester house DJ he has gone on to rise to the giddy heights of a hugely in-demand globe-trotter, lugging his hefty record crates from continent to continent. Besides club appearances the Frenchman’s hugely influential productions have won him a wide set of admirers, his track ‘Crispy Bacon’ and esoteric album Unreasonable Behaviour being classics in their genre.
What’s his story then? A one time employee of the French Embassy, Garnier began DJing in Manchester in the late 80s where he discovered the joys of the then booming UK house scene and became an early pioneer of US house in Europe. His stint at the legendry Hacienda club, where he mixed under the nom-de-deck of DJ Pedro, provided inspiration for bands such as the ecstasy-fuelled Happy Monday’s and Stone Roses to lace rock music with dance influences. After this he was forced to return to France to complete his military service but found time to stay in New York, befriending legendry producer Frankie Knuckles, returning in the early 90s to concentrate on DJing in France. In Paris he ran the influential Wake Up Club while continuing to play in the city’s burgeoning rave party scene and began to make his first moves into recording, later establishing the label F Communications. His output since then has gone on to make him a towering figure in dance music.
So he must be rather good then Indeed. While the title ‘best DJ in the world’ is regularly bandied about Garnier is one of the select few who can truly lay claim to it. Having set up his own web radio station PBB to combat French radio’s conservative play lists he is equally happy spinning techno as punk and it’s this open-mindedness that charms his legions of fans.
Laurent Garnier guests at the Pressure ninth birthday party, the Arches, Glasgow, Fri 30 Nov.