We’re having a post-Christmas / Pre-NYE bash at Dalston Superstore on Sunday 29 December and we are delighted to have La Gosse play for us. La Gosse will be joined on the night by DAVE KENDRICK, MICHELLE MANETTI and DAVID OH. DAF’s own Duchess of Pork and Sandra Le will also give you an earful.
Your DJ name is La Gosse, which means “child”, right? How did that come about?
Yes it is! I always looked younger than my real age and act like a child, sometimes!
You started your musical career in France, how different is the dance music scene there from here?
Well, actually, I started my career in London nine years ago. In France I could say that I was only practicing. The London scene was more popular and eclectic than in France. France was very relaxed and more into electro than anything else.
What is your musical “parcours” and what made you move to the UK?
I was into music from a very young age… French Kiss – Lil Louis was my 1st 45 rpm record when I was 12!
I started to practice on decks in 2001, since then I never stopped. I came for one week holiday in London and I was hooked and then decided to move here. I worked in a pub and I was trying to find gigs at the same time. It is tough when you don’t know anyone. For a couple of years I couldn’t find many gigs and I missed DJing a lot… I actually thought of going back home. My friend came to see me at the pub and showed me and article in “One week to live” magazine. It was a competition for Test lounge @ Egg 2007. I was like “yea wicked, but do you really think this is real? they probably know already who is going to win!”… But I got selected and round after round I won. Eventually I received the winner’s prize from Test Lounge, which was a residency @ EGG’s breakfast club. I was so happy… From then on I got to play very often in lots of different clubs and I became resident at my favourite night in London, Retox @ Sosho… I miss it!
You are deep into producing now, as well as DJing, what are the flavours of your productions?
Deep house underground beats. Sexy and groovy… With my brother we call it “S.S.S” Sexy, Solid and Serious lol.
You have also set up a record label with your brother; can you tell us more about this project?
Yes, my brother came to join me in London in 2001 and we started to produce together under an aka called Siblings. Together we worked for 8 months to produce 7 tracks, which were meant to form an album project called *Martine records. It turned out that none of the labels we really liked and sent the tracks to were getting back to us. So we thought, why not have our own label instead of giving away tracks to smaller, random labels. Martine records was born. So far we have had 9 releases, 3 have been charted and played by Luciano, Carola and John Digweed, and we have remixes by Hanfry Martinez, Just be and Nils Hess.
*The name Martine records is a tribute to our mum, it’s her name.
What are your plans for 2014?
More releases and hopefully a little bit more exposure. We run a night called TIME every Wednesday @ Union club, Vauxhall. It’s been going on for 3 months and it has been great from the start. TIME is a mid-week party with real house heads. A more mature crowd. The atmosphere you experience is proper at TIME. It starts at 1am and we finish well into Thursday mornings… sometimes 10am!
We also have a new after hours project called Le Crazy starting in February at Rena, next door to Fabric in Farringdon. That will be every Saturday morning from 5am. Also our very latest release is out on Martine recs. 09 and it’s called “6:00AM”. It’s a dancefloor inspired deep underground track that the crowds seem to love! You can check it out on our soundcloud page. So 2014 is looking busy already!!
We look forward to it!
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