A Sit Down With DJ Cedric Gervais

In the world of electronic dance music, Grammy awards and DJ’s are not usually synonymous with one another. Everything changed when DJ and producer, Cedric Gervais, was awarded for his remix of Lana Del Rey’s,” Summertime Sadness”. Since then, Cedric has been dedicated to making music for his fans. He’s been touring all over the world with upcoming shows in Jakarta, Tokyo, Osaka, and Manila, and isn’t planning on stopping anytime soon.

 

“I never make music expecting it to become a hit on the radio, or win any awards or anything like that, I make the music I love and that I want to play in my sets.”

 

 

How and when did you first begin exploring dance music?

My father owned a club in the south of France. I would always bug him to let me play when I was a teenager but he would always tell me that I wasn’t good enough. Eventually he gave me a shot and I fell in love with it.

What do you think distinguishes you from all of the other artists in the industry?

I think it’s my hair!

Do you prefer creating your own original tracks over remixing?

I like both. For now though I’m sticking with my own music. I don’t think I’ll be remixing anything more unless it’s something that I’m really excited about.

Do you feel there is a difference between the European crowd and the American crowd when you go on stage to play?

Yes, there is definitely a difference between the two. For example, the European crowd its more House music vs. the American crowd, which is more Trap and Electronic. In Europe, there is really not that big rave type thing it’s more House and Techno. So when I am on tour in Europe, I play completely different than the way that I play here in the States.

Few DJs can count themselves among the curated list of Grammy winners. How has winning one affected your life, personally and professionally?

It affected me in many ways. I mean, when you win a Grammy you have a lot of people that want to work with you. People that normally would never have spoken to you or even thought about working with you. Yeah, it’s winning a Grammy, but it’s also making a song like Summertime Sadness that sold 8 million singles worldwide. When you do something like that, lots of people suddenly want to work with you. Winning a Grammy is like winning an Oscar for an actor. For the rest of your life, they’re gonna call you a Grammy-winner. So, yeah, it’s pretty cool. I’m still the same guy, though—I don’t give a shit.

How did you felt when you won the Grammy for “Summertime Sadness” Remix? Was it some of your goals?

It was not one of my goals, it was an incredible achievement, I didn’t expect that, like I said when I did the record I didn’t expect all that, I didn’t expect to be the biggest radio record and selling… and every the DJ playing it. Like I said I was happy with my friend playing it. And When I won the Grammy it was the biggest thing.

You have been experiencing and touring various events around world. How did you enjoy the journey and which one gives you the most impressive moment in your life so far?

I love the journey and traveling the world, I’m very fortunate to do what I do and be able to travel so much and meet so many great people. My most amazing experience was my last tour in Asia, especially when I got to stay in Tokyo, it’s such an amazing city and I can’t wait to come back.

Do you have any advice for new producers who are just now trying to break into the scene? 

You got to make music. If you want to be a DJ, you have to learn where the DJ comes from, the history, the different genres. You have to know how to play in clubs, how to play in festivals, how to tell a story, and how to make people dance. I from a background as a resident DJ, and I think knowing how to make people dance is very important. Producing is very important, and if you share it on Soundcloud, people will find it and play it. A lot of artists were discovered by guys like Tiesto, when they were simply passing him their tracks.

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