Electric Zoo ’13 Artist Spotlight: Laurent Garnier
Laurent Garnier is arguably the biggest dance music heavyweight set to grace the stages of Electric Zoo next weekend. Make no mistake — he might not sell tickets like Tiësto or make fans scream like Sebastian Ingrosso, but in terms of longevity and significance, Laurent Garnier’s career is quite honestly second to none on EZoo’s lineup. Garnier is, of course, French but made a name for himself in the early heyday of house music in the UK — joining Haçienda resident Mike Pickering under the pseudonym DJ Pedro right as Detroit techno and Chicago house began to creep onto foreign shores.
He brushed shoulders with Frankie Knuckles and later returned to his home country to kick start his own parties and DJ at historic venues like the Rex Club in Paris. As the nineties wore on, he was making a name for himself not only with his mixing, which often blended sounds as diverse as disco, funk, jazz, techno, and trance, but also his prestige in production. In the span of his career, Garnier has released no fewer than nine full-length albums, as well as a catalog of EPs and singles on F Communications and FNAC Music Dance Division.
Records like “Crispy Bacon” and of course “The Man With The Red Face” are seared into the minds of decades of dance music enthusiasts, and more recently he’s worked with Ed Banger Records and Dixon’s Innervisions labels for releases. Last year, he celebrated his 25 years in dance music with a special Warehouse Project Boiler Room set — a testament to his relevancy and clout both past and present. Catch him closing out Sunday School Groove on Saturday from 8:30pm to 10:00pm.
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