Nervous is proud to present Richard Grey with Lauren Lane and CP (BPM Resident)
Look on the internet for information about Richard Grey, a Frenchman, who lives in Ibiza, Spain and produces for US label Subliminal Records, and you may feel you are searching for some kind of international man of mystery.
Richard Grey, born Richard Christian Rene Jacquin, grew up in Cannes, a small, sparkling, sunny town on the French Riviera with a big reputation as a Summer destination for the rich and fabulous, famous for it’s film festival and well known in the music biz for the annual Midem event, a coming together of label bosses an d artists from all over the world.
The twelve year old Richard, already hooked on the club music he was hearing on late night radio, would sneak in to the Midem trade show through one of the back doors of the conference centre, and blag vinyl promos from the unsuspecting label bosses.
“I remember Kevin from Nervous Records to be amazed to see a little boy like me asking for promos, I remember him especially as he was the coolest guy over there to share promos to a person who will not promote his brand. Every year I was there to get those gold records, and the funny thing is that when I entered the business years later, the people recognised me from the old days and were like – You still here? Yes and now I’m doing records under the name Richard Grey and here is my promo… hehehe!”
His first clubbing experience was, appropriately, a rave on a beach in Cannes in 1993. And the tune of the night – I Like To Move it by Reel 2 Real, a project put together by his mentor-to-be Erick Morillo.
Three years later, after practising DJing and working on his production skills using the cutting edge tec hnology of the time – an Atari computer and an Akai sampler – Richard had his first record released.
“I created a quite American disco sound and received always the same answer – you sound American but you are in France. it started to get critical for me money wise (and) one day I decided to make a last record in the studio and to send it to Subliminal which was in my opinion at that time the world’s best dance label. T o be honest I never expected feedback from them on my record and I was already looking for regular jobs. Three weeks later I received a message from Subliminal.
Richard moved to New York and continued the fruitful relationship with Morillo and the label, developing his ‘American’ sound, inf luenced by heroes, Danny Tenaglia, Todd Terry, Deep Dish and David Morales. And his sound suddenly made sense to critics, labels and DJs in France after fellow countrymen Daft Punk had made his birth place the coolest nation on the planet for dance music. When he returned to France and moved to Paris he was in a strong enough position to start his own label (G High) and pull in high profile remix work.
After that, a move to Ibiza, the Summer party capital, and several years at the top of his game extending that impressive discography seemed quite natural.
“I live in ibiza, what better place to get inspired? In summer you go to Pacha and boom, idea coming in. In winter you walk into the wood and boom, idea coming.I feel very, very inspired at the moment. The best music from me is coming up in the very near future”
“Dance music will become the new mainstream, the new pop. Thanks to David Guetta ! And yes even more underground records will be played in radio and tv on peak time hours, I’m sure of that. And there are still so many new big markets which are quite new in dance music – India, China, parts of South America, that’s half the world.”