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Interview: Cedric Gervais
On his remix of "Young and Beautiful," new opportunities, and living in Miami

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cedric Gervais' name has been circulating all of the media outlets lately, particularly due to his remix of Lana Del Ray's "Summertime Sadness." We took some time to speak to him about his successes thus far, and to find out about his future plans. Check out what he had to say below!

Before deciding to become a DJ, you were very interested in soccer. Could you give Beckham a run for his money? Why the career-path change?

I’m not sure I could have given Beckham a run for his money... actually it was another English footballer, Chris Waddle that I used to follow as he played for my home town Marseille. Football was something I dreamt about while I was growing up, like most young kids. I'd like to think I might have been good enough to turn pro but I think the reality is different

About a week ago you did a guest mix for Spinnin’ Records, and the first track you used was Parra For Cuva’s “Wicked Games.” What about the track do you think appealed to Spinnin’ when they agreed to make an exception and release it on their label?

It’s a bangin record  Spinnin' puts out bangin records.  That’s what they do. 

After the huge success you had with your remix of Lana Del Ray’s “Summertime Sadness,” how do you think your take on “Young & Beautiful” compares? 

I’m excited to see how “Young & Beautiful” is received, it’s one of my biggest records in my sets and has been for the past three months, I’ve  had some really great feedback from the likes of Pete Tong and Tiesto which bodes well. To be honest I wanted to put it out sooner as “Summertime Sadness” had already been out for a long time before radio really caught on. I am very pleased we waited now but I'm also excited to get the next record out. 

What is the music scene like in France, and why did you end up choosing EDM as your passion?

I’m very rarely there any more apart from the summer but there is always a lot of amazing music coming out from France.  I got into house music after seeing DJs at my father’s club in the south of France. French artists like Laurent Garnier and Daft Punk totally changed the way I listened to music and I was hooked immediately. 

It’s clear that before you moved to the US, Miami offered something to you that other major cities such as LA or NY couldn't give to you. What was it about Miami that attracted you the most, and do you plan to move at some point to party in the city where the heat is on?

There's a lot of diverse cultures going on which means that effects the music, the arts & the general atmosphere. For me there’s something special about Miami, I felt it was ready to embrace electronic music so I immediately felt at home. 

You come from the land of baked goods. Have you tried a cronut yet?

I don’t even want to know what that is! I try and watch what I eat and that sounds like something I don’t want to eat. I bet it’s delicious though. 

In a recent interview with Billboard, you said that your remix of "Summertime Sadness" helped to “open doors” for you. In what direction do you see your career going from here, and what can we expect down the road?  

Well, I'm working with some inspirational artists and songwriters right now and I’m hoping to continue from the success of “Summertime Sadness.” I have some club records coming out on Spinnin Records, a collaboration is in the pipeline and I am finishing off several other tracks right now which will be released over the next few months. I'm enjoying producing and playing more than ever and I feel very lucky to be doing what I’m doing, I'm in a good place.