Laurent Garnier begins a cinema tour with a documentary on his career, “Off The Record”, which will also be published in a collector’s box. The opportunity to meet with the legendary DJ to talk about his tastes in cinema!
He is one of the most famous DJs in the world. Become an icon of electronic music, Laurent Garnier looks back on 30 years of career on the occasion of a new documentary, Laurent Garnier: Off The Record.
Presented as a tour in several venues in France *, then edited as a collector’s box **, the film directed by Gabin Rivoire provides a broad overview of the DJ’s career, from New York to Tokyo, from Hong Kong to Detroit or London, where Laurent Garnier made the crowds from all over the world dance.
A documentary that takes us geographically and musically, and which inevitably provides thrills by capturing the atmosphere of clubs and reserving some rare archives of these places, many of which are crowned with a certain myth. Alongside the DJ’s journey, the documentary takes us back to the history of electro, with an accessible approach, and not only reserved for fans.
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If Laurent Garnier had already told himself in a book, –Shock written with David Brun- Lambert (published in 2003, and republished and enhanced in 2013) -, then in a graphic novel –Syncopated dreams, Dargaud editions, 2013-, this is the first documentary entirely devoted to him.
The opportunity to meet him to talk about … cinema! The meeting is set at the legendary Rex Club. No need to break the ice! Laurent Garnier, talkative and passionate, speaks enthusiastically about everything that drives him, and is familiar from the outset.
What is its relationship with cinema? Does he take the time to see a lot of films, especially when he is between two planes?
“I watch a lot of films. A lot. When I started to be more and more interested in cinema, I focused my attention a lot on the cinematographers, on the image, all that. For example, Benoit Debie (chief operator of Gaspar Noé in particular). I love his images. I am such a fan. ”
Laurent Garnier continues: “When you discover a musician, when there is an album that marks you a lot, you already tell yourself” how I did not listen to it before “and above all” what is it? Did something else? “So, you’re going to listen to everything. You say to yourself:” If this record marks me so much, it’s bound to have something inside that touches me. And so, I want to know everything about him. “
“I didn’t have this approach in the cinema, except at a time when I started to do it a little bit. So I don’t have the knowledge, let’s say, of all the culture of French cinema. I watched a lot of it. Let’s say that when I meet people who are passionate about cinema who are going to say to me “You have to see this, you have to see that”, I note. “
There are films that have fundamentally marked me
“I already have a phone that’s filled with movies to watch and I also eat a lot, a lot, a lot of movies. Already, I travel a lot. So, I spend a lot of time in transport. And this is also where we are fortunate today to have laptops. We can take our movies with us and watch a lot of stuff. “
“The cinema speaks to me a lot in any case. There are films which have fundamentally marked me. Not necessarily always by the narration. It is also the image. But I am not what one could call a cinephile. . I haven’t seen the whole work of so-and-so, something people in the movies are going to do. “
“It’s funny because the cinema has counted a lot in my life since my first musical emotions come from films. music. And I say to myself: “This is life?” Me, I want to go and live there. I want to meet these people there and it is really my first musical emotions.
My first musical emotions come from the films
“The music in the fillms is very important. It’s like a third character. I know the first thing that scared me about music was the music from the screen files and I think it is. the music of a film (Army of Shadows by Jean-Pierre Melville, Editor’s note.). Completely creepy! “
“It’s also thanks to the cinema that I discovered a lot of music. I remember when I discovered Open Grave. There’s that opening scene with a track by Van Morrison. I’m like, ‘Wow, what is this thing? And I felt like it was Mick Jagger singing. There was no Shazam at the time. Van Morrison, OK and I’ll buy it for myself on …