If you don't already know who Cedric Gervais is then you will after you realise he was the mastermind behind the 2013 hit remix of Lana Del Reys 'Summertime Sadness'. Having been in the game for 2 decades now, Gervais is one of the biggest names in the progressive house movement. We sat down with him to discuss the man behind the music in anticipation of his new single releasing today.
Gervais was born and raised in Marseille, France, and began his career by playing as a resident DJ at Le Queen Club in Paris. In 1998, at the tender age of 19, he took the trip across the pond to Miami Beach and quickly gained residencies at Crobar (now Cameo) and Nikki Beach, before taking over as DJ at the Club Space Terrace.
Achieving all this in such a short period time proves how well Gervais could control the emotions of a crown to keep them coming back week after week for him to bless them with his carefully crafted tune selections. This lead to his first single release, 'Burning', in 2001 through Ultra Records who's label includes the likes of Kygo, Steve Aoki and Calvin Harris.
2006 saw the release of his debut album ‘The Experiment’. This was followed by ‘Miamification’ in 2011. Through this period Gervais had been splitting his time between his base in Miami and the party island of Ibiza where he could play to sell out crowds and slowly perfect his craft. Having played the prolific Ultra Festival Miami every year since 2011, the locals love him as if he was one of their own.
Best known for the 2013 hit remix of Lana Del Reys Summertime sadness, the song garnered over a staggering 222 million plays on Spotify. Racking up just under 100 million views for the video via YouTube in the process. After climaxing at #1 in the UK Dance Charts and in the top 5 in the overall charts, the single went onto go multi-platinum and rewarded him with a coveted Grammy Award for best remix in 2014.
With the busy Ibiza season well and truly under way and the release of his newest single 'Somebody New' out today, we were lucky enough to speak to the man himself about life in Marseille, his venture to Miami and what he's most looking forward to this summer.
Firstly, when did you first start DJing?
I started DJing at the age of 15 I was mixing records in my grandmother's basement for six hours a day, taking breaks to go to the record shop and then get back at it.
Who were your biggest musical influences growing up?
My influences were Daft Punk, Laurent Garnier, Carl Cox to name a few
How did growing up in Marseille effect your musical preference?
It helped me a lot because France, at the time I was living there, was at its best in electronic music and it helped me a lot with my musical culture today.
You moved to Miami Beach at only 19, what drew you to make such a big decision like this at such a young age?
I had a friend of mine living there at the time and went on vacation I fell in love with the city and felt it was the right place for me, and I never left.
Last year you started ‘Delecta Records’ can you tell us a bit about where you want to take the label and what you have planned for it?
I have a plan to give a platform for upcoming artists to release their music on it, and build a family and also put out the music that I want. Shoutout to Landis, KSY, and Louders x Jegers for the first few releases from other artists!
You've had a few small acting roles over the years, how did you get into it and how do you enjoy acting compared to making music?
I enjoy it a lot and will do more in the future. I'm very good friends with a few directors like Michael Bay and Peter Berg.
With the festival season well under way now, what is your favourite to play? and why?
Well, I will say Tomorrowland because it will be my first time playing it!
I know you have a hectic touring schedule ever year, do you find this takes its toll on your music? Or more importantly your health?
No, because I find the time for both and I try to be very healthy on the road.
Your remix of Summer Time Sadness was one of the biggest songs of 2013, did you ever expect it to be as well received as it was?
No, I didn’t I was just producing it at the time and was hoping my DJ friends would play it in their sets, nothing else.
You’ve just released a remix of Sigrid’s ‘Don't Kill My Vibe’, how did this collaboration come about and what was it like working with the Norwegian singer/songwriter?
It was great! Definitely, an amazing song and I had a lot of fun producing that remix, Sigrid has such an incredible voice.
Also, your new single ‘Someone New’ is out today, what was the inspiration behind it?
I wanted to do something different from what I was doing in the past, and I tried to produce something fresh and original.
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You are playing an array of festivals this year as well as multiple shows in Ibiza, what are you most looking forward to?
Definitely being back on the magical island Ibiza.
Can you tell us what else you have in store for the year?
A LOT more productions, stay tuned...
Lastly, who’s a hot new artist right now that we should keep an eye out for?
Jesse Jo Stark and Daktyl have both got some really big things coming up!
Above is the artwork of the new single, a piano led track, armed with playful synth patterns and rolling club beats, perfectly complimented by Liza’s strong vocal performance. A solid display of Cedrics dynamic production style, Somebody New is sure to prove a massive hit with his loyal following.
Gervais will be playing Tomorrowland as well as a string of other European shows including the famous Ushuaia in Ibiza over the next few month.
Heres what Cedric Gervais has been listening to at the moment...
1. Cedric Gervais feat. Liza Owen - Somebody New
2. D.O.D - Sixes
3. Abel Ramos & Albert Neve - Flat Beat
4. Alex Gregor - Blow Up This Shit
5. Cedric Gervais feat. Digital Farm Animals & Dallas Austin - Touch The Sky
6. Axwell & Ingrosso - How Do You Feel Right Now
7. Fully Charged - Take It Back
8. Sikdope - Snakes
9. Chris Lake - I Want You
10. D.O.D - Satisfy