French godfather of house and techno Laurent Garnier makes his first solo return to Dublin in 2 years on February
9th. The last time we had the pleasure of spending time with Laurent and his unique selection of all things
electronic, he quite simply blew the roof off! This time around he returns to the much more intimate setting of
The Button Factory. The world-renowned dance music icon remains close to the hearts, minds and feet of so many music fans and fellow DJs alike, shaping his own musical landscape over the past 25 years and making the planet dance to his own alluring beat. Tickets for the show are on sale now!
Laurent Garnier has been making the planet dance for 25 years. And, for all this time, his huge energy has seen him grooving behind record decks, bouncing up and down behind studio equipment and leaping around radio studios.
He is a multi-faceted artist whose impact on the music scene is far-reaching. But above all he is a DJ, a true DJ:
transformed by music, passionate about the crowd. Bodies move in a trance on the dance floor, minds elsewhere.
Yet he is also a discoverer of old and new sounds, and has an amazingly rich musical culture. He spends most of his spare time sifting through old vinyl in record shops, following the most obscure leads on the Internet and listening to every single piece of music he is sent. Music, the pulse of our planet, is his Holy Grail.
One of the pioneering DJs of the dance music scene, Laurent Garnier experienced first-hand the euphoria of the
Acid House movement in Manchester. He then went on to Wake Up and shake up Paris nightlife, from La Luna
to the Palace, not forgetting the Rex Club. As one of the leading lights in French dance music at the end of the
1980's, he then spread his message across the planet, from raves to warehouse parties, clubs to festivals. The
Excess Luggage 5-CD collection sums up the somewhat hectic life of this globetrotting DJ whose antennae are
permanently 'tuned-in' to sounds from around the globe, current trends, and the music of the next generation. At
the beginning of 2011 Laurent Garnier was the only Frenchman, amongst 35 international DJ's, to be shortlisted
for "best DJ of all time" by the English magazine Mixmag. The latest in a string of accolades for this 'turntable
connoisseur' whose incredible sets use both Techno from Detroit and beyond, and mixes in hints of Jazz,
sweltering Disco, heart-warming House, African grooves, and Jungle and Dubstep basslines.
Laurent Garnier is an artist on the move. He is tireless in his enthusiasm and is bursting with new ideas and
projects. As well as the demands of his DJ-ing and his radio shows, Laurent Garnier has also evolved into a
well-respected music producer. In the space of five celebrated albums, Laurent Garnier has embarked upon a
remarkable journey. A journey marked by some incredible electronic music anthems, loved by both DJ's and the
public alike: Flashback, Crispy Bacon, The Man With The Red Face, Back To My Roots, Gnanmankoudji, It's Just
Muzik. His discography is, of course inseparable from the story of F Communications, the label that he created
in 1994 with Eric Morand and which brought to the fore producers such as Mr Oizo, St Germain, Jori Hulkkonen,
AlexKid and Scan X.
Whether behind the decks, or a radio microphone, Laurent Garnier has managed to achieve his childhood dream:
sharing the best possible music with other people. And little by little, Laurent Garnier the DJ has evolved into an
accomplished musician, whose talents are widely recognised. One of his strengths is having understood how to
take his own music on to the stage as live performance. From the Olympia in 1998 to theTales of a Kleptomaniac
tour in 2009/2010, Laurent Garnier has reinvented himself as an important live artist, defending his music and
his vision as well as his sense of immediacy and need for improvisation. Surrounded by experienced musicians,
Laurent Garnier lights up the stage like a DJ does a dance floor.