When talking about the roots of the electronic scene in France, few names come to mind. Ivan Smagghe is one of them, Laurent Garnier, Ark, Aurora Borealis, Jennifer Cardini, I:Cube & Gilb’r are some others.
Smagghe has always been THE character though, working for Rough Trade, Paris’ most influential record stores in the day. In 1997, Ivan was a founding member of Black Strobe with Arnaud Rebotini and also producing remixes under Volga Select with fellow Marc Collin.
Here is a snipet of Volga Select’s remix of Black Strobe’s 2000 Hit, Innerstrings.
Both entities to which Ivan belongs to!
Black Strobe – Innerstrings (Volga Select Double Dub) – Output 037 – 2000
Ivan worked at the highly respected Radio Nova, where he hosted the show “TEST”. Out of which came out four eponymous compilation, each one more excellent than the other. More recently we can distinguish two incredible DJ mixes: his Fabric apparition, N˚23, and the Suck My Deck on Bugged Out!, which was followed by Damian Lazarus‘ edition (yes, I keep saying it to everyone, they are my two favourite DJs on this planet !!)
At night and for many years, the place to see him play, as it remained his longest running residence, was the Parisian lesbian club, the PULP, which closed about a year ago. Nowadays, Ivan moved to London… But but but! He is coming for a very special and rare night in NYC! It will happen at Love and it’s organised by the BLK Market Crew (Maximum Respect). This will be Thursday June 12th. I don’t care if you guys have to miss out work on Friday, call in sick, or stumble your way to the office, this is a NO MISS.
To warm you up, why dont you click your way to GetTheCurse.com, a french blog we like a lot and download Ivan Smagghe’s recording of his last set at the Rex, Paris’ legendary club, on April 24th. Its Raw and Dope, as usual. Also be on the look out for Ivan’s new remix of Simon Baker’s “X, Y & Z” track on Leftroom, its amazing and sounds like children jumping from the orphanage’s roof. He did the remix with Mark Ashken and Matt Tolfrey. Here is a preview:
See you at Love!