Behind the Beat: Cedric Gervais
Photo Courtesy Red Light Management Grammy-award winner Cedric Gervais recently launched his tour with the first stop taking place in Washington, D.C. at Soundcheck on a cold winter night in early January. The French born Miami resident is one the most sought after House DJs & electronic music producers in the world today. With his imprint where he releases regular singles, alongside a major label deal with Universal Worldwide (Island) Gervais continues to maintain excellence as an artist with many notable achievements. The top remixer, producer and DJ brought the heat for a packed house and went Behind the Beat as a follow-up to his from two years ago.
Only The Beat:
Take us back. Where was your first ficial gig? Cedric Gervais:
My first ficial gig ever. Wow. It was a weird gig. My cousins organized raves back in the day. I think I was 14 years old or something. I was always going to their raves and hoping to DJ. They would always put me on the flyer, but would not let me DJ. I remember one rave and it was 10 AM in the morning and still like 10,000 people and one the DJs didn’t show up. He was messed up. My cousins were messed up and I was the kid with some records and a case vinyls ready to go. One my cousins who was the organizer looked at me and asked, “Can you go?” and I jumped on. That was my first real gig for like 10,000 people. I had no idea what I was doing, but I had practiced in my grandmother’s basement for like six hours a day, but I was shaking. I remember getting the stage and they asked “How was it?” and I couldn’t speak. I was high from the experience. OTB:
Who or what has been most inspirational or helpful in your music career? CG:
There are different parts. When I first started and I was the resident at Space, I connected with my good friend from Deep Dish and started working together and touring together. That was inspirational and getting to learn the business. Then I went to a different level when I started producing. You know you get to different levels and get inspired by different things throughout your life. OTB:
If you had to pick another career…? CG:
Soccer player. OTB:
What is your favorite track the you produced and one that you did not produce? CG:
My favorite track that I produced was ”. It was a fun track. I did it in like an hour. That was my favorite. My favorite track that I haven’t produced would be ” an old techno track. It is an incredible classic. OTB:
Is it harder to get discovered in the industry or maintain the status being one the top DJs/producers? CG:
It’s not harder now. When I started I didn’t have avenues like SoundCloud, Instagram and Twitter. When I started, I was playing vinyl and I had to go to records stores to find the records and if I wanted to do something, I had to go reach out and see the different DJs. Now it’s so much easier this way. It is still hard though today because there are so many DJs and producers. You can get lost in the shuffle. So many DJs and producers send me stuff for my label, Delecta and I listen to it and I don’t find a lot good things. It is hard sometimes because part the track might be good and the rest is shit. It is very hard to tell a young artist the truth that this is good and this is shit. You have to guide them. I try to do my part and I have found a couple very good artists. OTB:
You recently released the track ‘Higher’ and did a widely acclaimed remix ”. Can you tell us a little bit more about these projects? CG:
‘Mi Gente’ was just something that I did at my friend David Guetta’s house this summer in Ibiza. We were in the kitchen listening to this song and I just told him that I was going to remix it. I hit up J Balvin who is a friend ours and asked him to send me the parts and I just did it and it blew up. It was one the biggest tracks the summer. Conrad Sewell is a friend and a great artist. It is a little different that what I normally do in production with him in the studio, but was something that I wanted to put out.
Cedric Gervais feat. Conrad Sewell – Higher
OTB: This is stop one on your tour. What are you looking forward to about the tour and are there any places in particular that you are excited about playing at? CG: I am looking forward to D.C. It is always a good place. I shot the ‘Molly’ video here and another video here. My first gig ever outside Miami was when booked me was at The Bank back in the day. D.C. is always a special place. OTB: Where do you see the dance music industry going in the next five years? New technology? Changes? CG: I have no idea. Right now it is all that mumbo hip-hop shit. I think house music and electronic music will always be there, but it has to readjust and find it’s way. I have no idea where it will be in five years though. OTB: What is the top personal milestone in your career so far? CG: Winning a Grammy. Shooting a movie with Mark Wahlberg. OTB: What movie? CG: Mile 22. A turned CIA agent with John Malkovich, Rhonda Rousey, Mark Wahlberg, and it’s a Peter Berg movie. OTB: You have been very successful as both a DJ and producer. Can you tell us a little bit about what it takes to be successful on promoting your brand and the business side the work? CG: It’s your team. You can’t do it all on your own. It’s a team effort between managers and people who are working around you 24/7. You can’t do it on your own. OTB: Do you have any New Years resolutions? CG: No, New Years resolutions. Just the same stuff. OTB: What can we expect from you this year and big releases, collaborations, shows? CG: I have a lot big music coming up. I am moving more to house music. I have lot great tracks ready. I have produced a lot in 2017 that are going to come out now. I was searching my sound in 2017 and decided to go towards more house music. This whole EDM thing is a little lost. I was never too EDM, but somewhere in the middle. So I have a lot new music coming out. I have one coming out next month on Island Records and then I have something coming out like every month after.
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