Laurent Garnier at the Olympia
A portrait and interview of the DJ, composer and producer of electronic music Laurent Garnier at a concert he gave at the Olympia, just before the Techno Parade which took place in Paris.
Born at the start of the 1980s in the working-class quarters of the American towns Detroit and Chicago, techno and house is dance and trance music exclusively composed on electronic instruments and essentially based on rhythmic, tribal and repetitive beats. From the end of the 80s, techno (in the generic sense) spread throughout Europe in a network of clubs (Tresor in Berlin, Hacienda in Manchester) and the generalisation of rave parties (huge, wild free-spirited parties bringing together thousands of people in the open nature or in disused industrial places).
First an acid house DJ at the Hacienda under the name of DJ Pedro, then house and techno DJ for the Wake-Up soirées at the Rex Club in Paris, Laurent Garnier (born in Boulogne Billancourt in 1966) is undoubtedly among the pioneers that allowed this genre to have a long-lasting life in France at the beginning of the 90s. A tireless convert, Laurent Garnier continuously worked in different places to create the electro scene as well as bringing together techno and other great forms of popular music.
Thanks to his web radio station Pedro's Broadcasting Basement, his Stereomaniac evenings at the Rex Club advocate mixing and eclecticism as well as publicity stunts like this event at the Olympia, Garnier has allowed electronic music to find its place in the musical landscape of France.