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 headlining at the Werchter
festival in Belgium in front of over 70,000 people, Laurent's charisma and
the generosity of his music seduced a large public.
The best is yet to come... Following a tour of Asia in winter 2001, Laurent
Garnier will start work on a new album.