Laurent Garnier has been making the planet dance for 25 years. And, for all this time, his 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, UK. 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. 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.
In 2003, he created Pedro’s Broadcasting Basement, his own webradio that is open day and night and can be accessed across the planet. And as if that was not enough, for the last few years he has been presenting his own weekly radio show It Is What It Is.
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, he has also evolved into a well-respected music producer. Aside from his albums and singles, Laurent Garnier is also a composer for the cinema, television and theatre. He wrote the music for the film SDF Go Home, the animated film Globi and the Stolen Shadows and in 2010 made the music for the French television show Groland.
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 recognized.
Do not miss an opportunity to see a true legend in person. Alongside Mr Garnier, Toronto locals Jamie Kidd (part of Box of Kittens), Greg Gow and Gera will be playing. Also, with the upgrades done to Coda, it is definitely one of the hottest clubs in town. The sound system will truly blow you away.
Nusrat Kamal– EDM TOR