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Flight of the DJ Quentin Mosimann

Flight of the DJ Quentin Mosimann
Sara Cooper

If you’re not already familiar with Frenchman Quentin Mosimann, you soon will be. From feats that defy not only gravity, by physics, the showman has left nothing in his live show untapped. DJ- check. Singing- Check. Drums, synths and a booth on steroids- check, check and check! It’s the art of the DJ salted with a dash of nuclear weaponry that really takes the performance and experience to the next level. But, more than being a spectacle- and a Mosimann show is definitely that- Quentin is a skilled and varied artist that performs like a madman and speaks volumes through his music. 

 If we had to offer a guess as to who’d be the next to conquer the US, Quentin Mosimann is top of the list. We expect a Vegas residency will seal his status!

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1.      You’re one of the biggest stars in France and have an impressive fan base. When can the US expect to have the Mosimann experience?

Oh that’s nice! I’m not so sure about “one of the biggest stars”, I’d rather consider myself as a hard-working artist who’s very lucky to have indeed an amazing fanbase on board for years now but I still have a lot of work to join my “French bosses” like David Guetta, DJ Snake, Daft Punk,Martin Solveig, Bob Sinclar, among others… French touch power! I’m on tour a lot in Europe and Asia and I can’t wait to come in the US. I played a few times in Miami at Mansion or Set Club but I definitely want to get the bigger picture and it takes time to prepare the good music, the good profile, the good team. But I’m coming soon, for sure! 🙂

2.      You are known as quite a showman when you DJ and perform. Describe your performance for those who haven’t seen you live.

I always wanted to share in a different way with the audience, this is a part of me. That’s why I include singing, drums, keyboard, some scratch, a lot of energy, emotions. I was so frustrated about DJs just mixing, without even looking at the crowd, in their own bubble, this is selfish. I’m on stage to be with people, and I’m fighting for LIVE shows. It’s tricky to sell myself (lol) but if you come to on of my shows, you’ll be able to live a real experience, sharing and traveling with me during the set: the setlist is essential and quite adapted to the audience I have in front of me, it’s important to feel the dancefloor’s needs, and I want everyone to leave the party with the sensation they spent an awesome night.
3.      You have this crazy stage that you have to strap yourself into because it articulates and allows you to expose the decks to the audience. First of all, WOW and second of all, how did this concept come to life? Isn’t it dangerous?

Thank you so much! I was always sad in festivals particularly to have people so far from the stage, and I wanted another way to share with them beyond music. I remembered Joey Jordison (the drummer of Slipknot band I was a fan of) and his 360° rotative drums, and I also wanted to offer a real show for ears and eyes, and let people be with me in the booth, so I imagined this stage design that rises 26-foot high and tilts to a 70-degree-angle to the audience, so everyone can see my hands mixing, scratching, doing some technics. It’s a way to include everyone in my set. I have an awesome Belgian team, crazy guys who followed me on this! They’re used to work in control rooms during big events or for David Guetta and other big DJs performances, and they managed to concretize my ideas in real. They built an hydraulic system with an engine they’re controlling while I’m playing for the rising, and I control the slope with a button on my DJ booth. The first version was actually just sloping and then we improved it with the rising. Next step would be to have a hinged support to get the booth right above the audience. Let’s dream BIG!

It’s not dangerous because the team worked hard on security, but still quite scary! Fortunately, my setup is all fixed on the table so I know anything won’t fall except my snapback I forget sometimes on the table lol… But when you’re 26-foot high and completely 70-degree angle tilted, it’s a real roller coaster sensation! I love it, with the adrenaline of the show, I really have fun. I have a security belt but I often forget to fasten it, don’t tell my manager… But what about you coming and trying it someday? 🙂

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4.      For those unfamiliar with Mosimann, you won the equivalent of The Voice in France but then left this success behind to follow your passion for electronic music. Are you crazy or the sanest person alive?

That’s funny you compare ‘Staracademy’ I won 8 years ago with ‘The Voice’ because I actually was also coach on ‘The Voice Belgium’ for 3 seasons these past few years. It was more like American Idol but with music and media classes, duets with international stars every week live on TV, etc. I guess I’m crazy, at least that’s what my team at this time thought when I told them in 2010 that being a simple singer was not me and that I didn’t want to do it anymore. After winning in front of 8 million of TV viewers, getting a double gold record on debut album and big contract at Universal, doing 2 years sold-out tours on stage… I was still deejaying but it was not my main activity at this moment, even if I’m a DJ producer since I’m 14 years-old. When I walked on the stage at Olympia Hall in Paris, France, I immediately felt it: it was not my place, not what I wanted to do, not the audience I wanted to talk to. You know, when you have the same show every night, with the same songs, when people sing your song even before you started it. I don’t like the fact that everything is expected and known in advance. When I’m on stage as a DJ, I have the power to surprise people, make them feel emotions they’re not expecting, changing my setlist at every gig. And this music… I live for it. Of course, I’m open-minded and a music lover in general, I still produce music in other styles for other artists, but electronic music is my thing as an artist. I don’t regret any part of my story though, everything was an awesome experience, it made myself and allowed me to perfectly know what I wanted to do.

5.      As a well-versed and trained musician, you bring sonic perfection to your productions. How do you achieve this and what production tools do you use?

I think being a musician helps indeed, even if I’m a self-taught person, but this is also a long-term job looking for plugs, tutorials, technics. I like to work with some hardware but most of the time I work with new synths like Serum, Spire, Nexus II, Massive… I also love the Soundtoys suite (plugs), which are awesome to work on the sound, and the Waves one. I produce and compose on Logic Pro X, I mix and master on Cubase, and sometimes I work also on Reason. I guess this is essentiel to listen to a lot of music and stay aware of what’s going out everyday for production.

6.      What is a day in the life of Quentin Mosimann like?

Traveling, working on my laptop during transportation, doing my podcast ‘House Bless You’, snapchatting, preparing my set for the night, playing live, taking time with people after my set, sleeping a few hours with my 2 chihuahuas (don’t laugh! I always thought it was a joke until I met them lol…), going back on tour or in the studio! And sometimes one day of rest at home in Switzerland to play PS4!

7.      What events in the US would you love to play? Why?

There are so many! I would love to play at Ultra of course, legendary, as Coachella. But also Lollapalooza, TomorrowWorld, EDC, Electric Zoo, Burning Man, let’s dream… These events are so amazing, the vibe is incredible. Being on stage in front of so many people, gathering for the same thing: music. I want to make them live something different, finally, there are too many sets looking the same. I’d like to try to make a change in live shows there, and I’m gonna work really hard to achieve it.

8.      What is your favorite part of touring and producing?

My favorite part of touring is of course when I’m on stage. I live for this moment, this is the reward of hard work upstream. Of course, touring requires some compromises: not seeing your family and friends much, traveling the world with 3 stopovers when you’re not famous enough to get the jet yet, eating too much fast food, not sleeping enough, missing important things in your close people’s lives, not having a real private life… And when I’m on stage, I know why I accept this with motivation and gratitude. The stage is my playground, I’m still a kid there with big dreams and the will to spread some love. About producing, my favorite part is first when you’re working in the studio and get finally an idea that takes shape concretely, so exciting; and second part is when you’re trying a creation live. Stressful sometimes, because if the audience does not react, it means you gotta work again and harder on it! But so comforting when something is happening with the crowd on your new track…

9.  What can the US expect when you start touring here? When will that be?

Well, as I said earlier, I’d like to make progress DJ live shows. The US audience is expecting some entertainment and I’m dying to give some. That’s why I’d really want to start with some shows at Las Vegas like at Omnia or Hakkasan or XS… I belong there, I love the vibe, I’m convinced my place is right there. I guess I was American in another life! I can’t wait to come and my team is working hard on it. I trust fate, things are happening at a time for a reason, so when it will be the good timing for me to come in the US, I will definitely have a blast and make it last, this is the most difficult thing: building a career, not some buzzing one shots. That’s how my management keeps me waiting haha…

10.  How can fans find you and your music?

You can all find me and my music on my website www.quentinmosimann.com and on all socials:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/QuentinMosimannOfficial/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/quentinmosimann
Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/quentinmosimann

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quentinmosimann/
Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/artist/5595093
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7sAqpkrQBaOkddsv1Tz1XK
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/QuentinMOfficiel
Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/quentinmosimann/
Google + page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/110452764392860711863/+QuentinMOfficiel/posts
Google + profile: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+QuentinMosimannOfficial
Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/fr/artist/quentin-mosimann/id283603719
Apple Music: https://itun.es/fr/hm35q
Beatport: http://dj.beatport.com/quentinmosimann
Snapchat: quentinmosimann

So now you have everything and no excuse not to come haha! House Bless You everyone and hope to see you soon on my path somewhere 🙂

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