JACQUES RENAULT // INTERVIEW

Posted: January 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: INTERVIEWS, music | No Comments »

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Washington, D.C. native  Jacques Renault is a house & disco DJ/producer, with a slightly different background to the usual; a classical Violist back in the day, playing in punk bands. Nice!

Now based in NYC, Jacques Renault’s has been putting out a host of top notch remixes, edits and original tracks. For all you disco heads out there, you’ll surely remember his Midnight Magic “Beam Me Up” remix back in 2011.

When he isn’t globetrotting, Jacques works with long term friend Nik Mercer at the Let’s Play House label and club nights, putting on parties in various venues and releasing house and disco tracks from the likes of Dead Rose Music Company, Waze & Odyssey and local Aussie boys Mic Newman & Francis Inferno Orchestra. Jacques has also launched his own label, On The Prowl, which has featured original material and remix work from Azari & III, Tensnake, Coyote, and sloughs of various disco staples.

He’s now in Australia for a whirlwind tour and took a few moments to speak to us here at Givafizz.

Hi Jacques, thanks for taking the time to talk to us here at Givafizz and welcome to Australia! How are you doing today?

Thanks. It’s a pleasure to be here! I’ve been catching up on some work and sleep after the shows in Sydney, Adelaide & Brisbane over the weekend. I traveled from the mountains of Austria on holiday so the time change was still a bit of an adjustment.

Am I correct in saying this isn’t your first time touring in Australia? What do you like about playing here (apart from the weather!)? Anything different from other parts of the world? 

Yes, I’ve been here a few times now and it’s always a pleasure to come back. I feel like I’ve made a bunch of friends over the years and these positive vibes are always here, I love it.

You’ve spent a lot of time in cities like Chicago & New York, which are steeped in house music history. Have these cities or people had any impact on your productions today? Tell us a bit about your musical journey over the last few years? 

I would definitely say so – coming from Washington, DC and going to Chicago wasn’t night and day but I was definitely exposed to a different side of music. I was surrounded by all the different producers and DJs while I was working at Gramaphone, which sort of helped narrow my focus of what I wanted to do when I relocated to NYC.

You’ve been playing & putting out records with Nik Mercer’s Let’s Play House label for a while now. How did this relationship come about? 

Nik and I became good friends when he first moved to NY and hung out a lot and bonded over music. We quickly decided to collaborate together on events  which then led to the development of the label.

Tell us a little bit about the making of your upcoming release, “The Fake Out”? Any influences or style that went into this? As your first release in 2014, does this set the tone for the type of music you want to be putting out this year? 

The new single is from a few sketches I worked on over the past few months. It was something that stood out in my sets and we felt that this would be a good single to start with. There are other things in the works that are a bit different!

What can people expect from a Jacques Renault set? Out of interest, how much preparation do you put into your sets – are you are a believer in free-styling it or are your sets well planned?

I always pick out tunes every week to switch things up and like to gauge how the crowd reacts to the tunes. I like to keep it loose and be open for the night!

What 5 tracks are doing it for you right now (you can’t say your own!!)?

Al Kent “Yes I Do”
FIO “Take No Time”
Debukas “Minus 24″ (DJ Nature remix)
Rat Life “Disco Train” (Dunkeltier Edit)
Avalon Emerson “Quoi!” (Tuff City Kids Clean Shave Mix)

Finally, we’ll buy you a drink when you’re in Melbourne, what’s your tipple?!

Let’s have a whiskey and soda ;)

Nice!!! Jacques is playing along side local Melbourne lads Otologic and Fantastic Man/Mic Newman tonight (Fri 31st Jan). So join us down at The Mercat tonight for a boogie. Details here and give this mix a spin to get you in that Friday feeling!


FRANCIS INFERNO ORCHESTRA // VIBRATIONS

Posted: January 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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He’s back! Francis Inferno Orchestra is back in Melbourne town after his jolly around Europe. And with his arrival he brings a brand new EP, entitled “Hezbolla” on Let’s Play House, which is fast becoming one of our favourite labels.

The EP is a three track release with “Vibrations” being the stand out for us – old school, disco-tinged house. We’ve been playing it on repeat all weekend. It’s out now, grab your vinyl here.

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SHIT ROBOT // SIMPLE THINGS (TODD TERJE REMIX)

Posted: January 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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Over the weekend Todd Terje put up this remix of Shit Robot’s “Simple Things”. A bit of house, a bit of disco, a bit of acid – all mixed together in a Todd the God style. Oh yeeeaaah!

As you may already know, he will release his debut album, It’s Album Time, on April 7th. The LP will see release on Terje’s own label, Olsen Records. It features four of the Norwegian’s recent hits—”Inspector Norse,” “Strandbar” and “Swing Star” parts 1 and 2 —in addition to eight unreleased cuts. 2014 is going to be another big year for him and we can’t wait.


DE LA SOUL // ALL GOOD (FRXXMNT REMIX)

Posted: January 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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New to the scene, German based duo FRXXMNT admit that they haven’t been producing for long, but this punchy house remix of the 2010 chart hit featuring Chaka Khan, is a solid way to start. Gaining a respectable amount of followers on Soundcloud over the New Year, they only have two tracks up for the listening but definitely check them out!


VALLES // ST LUCIA

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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Vallès is a 21 year old producer born out of Ibiza. ‘St. Lucia’ a smooth disco track with just a sprinkle of funk to make you wish you were dancing poolside. The chop-n-change technique of an old sample is superbly executed here. The EP of the same name has a carefree nature to it containing the perfect balance between French House and funk. A honourable mention to the ‘Cosmonaut Grechko Remix’, which has a ridiculously smooth piano reinterpreting the original for our greater pleasure. Out now on Neonized Records.


YSE SAINT LAUR’ANT // NEVER BE

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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A soulful female voice complimented by classic disco strings ticks all the right boxes with us. YSE Saint Laur’ant is an ambiguous disco, deep house DJ who claims to have been DJ’ing for 18 years and releasing music on a variety of labels for 12 years. ‘Never Be’ ticks all the boxes due to the fact that it isn’t crowded; it uses the bare disco essentials and a strong bass line to keep a solid groove. Released 6 months ago only for Vinyl, you can now grab a copy of the digital version here. Enjoy.


THE SUNCHASERS FT. BRYZEY // HEARTBREAKIN’

Posted: January 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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Scott Watson has a love for all things sunkissed and his music productions tend to take this edge – as such, the name “The Sunchasers” was born. Producing music under this guise since 2006, he has released numerous records across various labels. His latest effort in collaboration with Bryzey takes on an old school house vibe. Luscious synths and a sexy female vocal, with of course his sunkissed flair – what’s not to like! It drops next week.


KWABS // WRONG OR RIGHT (BEN PEARCE REMIX)

Posted: January 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

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London soul singer Kwabs latest single “Wrong Or Right” has got the remix treatment from one of 2013′s hottest house producers, Ben Pearce. He punctuates the vocal track with shimmering pads, stabby claps and a garage shuffle to make this a pretty fine first remix from Ben Pearce this year.

Ben will be undertaking his Australian tour at the end of February, so make sure you catch him when he is here.


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