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!