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Ivan Smagghe is pretty much the crème de la crème of Anglo- French dance music, having imposed a new vision of leftfield electronica. He stands at the crossroads between glamorous Parisian hype and musical integrity. Ivan is next to take up the baton at the A Night With… series and push us into the darker fringes of his enigmatic and forward thinking sonic niche.
After years spent terrorising music buyers at the Rough Trade shop in Paris and facilitating the then-burgeoning 90s French dance scene to fully blossom on Radio Nova, Ivan Smagghe is still the paragon of what one might call the ‘prospective DJ’. While he is credited with making a name for the electroclash genre and was a member of dark Output signed duo Black Strobe, Smagghe is first and foremost, a DJ and one who has the respect of nearly every selector in the game today. As a professional, he's held residencies at both Fabric in London and Rex Club in Paris, two of the finest and most well respected clubs on earth.
Though he hails from the early days of the Parisian underground — both through his connection with the now defunct Rough Trade shop and his remix contributions on various labels— he revisited music production in 2001 by launching his own Set imprint. He is a mixture of erudite connoisseurship, with strong leanings for anything obscure, rigid taste making and an overall attitude marked by the avant-garde’s craving for anything remotely new. During the past two years, Smagghe’s programming has served as a faultless example of quality eclectic selection.
Ivan will play on his own without any support for a full eight hours - a wonderfully simple but brilliantly effective concept, that forces the dance floor into a rapport with the DJ.