- When did u start your dj carrer?
In 1995, my career started as resident DJ “Tricasse” a nightbar in the center of the city of Troyes, France. I played imported Deep & Soulful House vinyls, that I went to buy every month in Paris (Discoparnasse shop) or Auxerre (Attitude shop) more than 100 km from my home. At this time we had to move to buy music.
- which were the most famous clubs where you have played?
In Paris, at Queen, Elysée Montmartre, Nouveau Casino, Folie’s Pigalle, Gibus, Bains Douches, L’Enfer, Studio 287… In Moscow, at La Fabrique and Le Casino Europe, Twist Club in Miami , Patipa in Kiev, Séduction Discothèque in Tallinn, In Poland (Roentgen, Kokon club, Lemadame), In Tunisia (Calypso, Odéon), in Switzerland (VIP Club, Velvet), in Portugal (Living Opera)…
- why /when did you decide to become a producer?
Like every DJ, I dreamed about producing a vinyl and making a full club of people dance to my own music. I really had a passion for House Music and all my mentors in this genre of underground music, were both DJ & Producer themselves. So to me it was evident that I should follow their example… I released my first EP : Samy K – “Party Time” in 2000.
- When did you start your collaboration with Diva Avari?
My first collaboration with Diva Avari was in 2005 with a track I produced with Jean-Phi Sanchez for Banana Café (Paris) : “Feel The Chocho”. When I recorded Diva, she made a so sexy vocal just in front of me that I stayed under the shock : so impressed with her amazing voice.
But I really discovered her potential and who she was…once I began to play with her for live shows in clubs; on stage she is the Queen!
- What about Purple Music?
I saw and heard Jamie Lewis for the first time in Ibiza in 2003, during an outdoor party he made with DJ Pippi. That crazy night, he played his amazing hit “The Light” Feat Michelle Weeks… Ever since, I am a big fan of him so I support (buy/play) his music in my DJ Sets.
Since 2016, we’re very happy to be part of the Purple Family : “Your Love”, “Rhythm Is A Dancer”, “Live Your Life”… Our music is being played by DJ’s all over the world (even in South Corea) so we are really proud of it
It’s also an opportunity for us to make some great musical collaborations with other Purple Artists like Jamie Lewis, Selva Basaran, Rob Hayes…
We wish to have a long collaboration with Purple Music
- what inspires you for a new production?
DISCO FUNK & HOUSE all around me
New production starts with a good hook that inspires me, a loop groovy enough that I can see in my mind a gogo dancing on the podium; which means there is something I can do with this. Ideas can really come from anywhere. Our approach is to make old school music using the most recent technology.
And for sure, Diva Avari’s voice is very inspiring by itself. She’s also able to write lyrics, find melodies and record her own backing vocals. Which are all real avantages for building good accapellas…
- Are you a part of the French House Mafia team?
Yes, I am the Dj half of the team. Since 2008 : I make the beats, research sounds, do vocal editing, arrangement of the track.
The other half of French House Mafia is my music partner, since the beginning, Lutz Volcano. He is a multi-task man : guitarist, bassist, composer, sound engineer but also an excellent artistic director. We do all production together.
But neither he nor I are singers…that’s why we launched in 2016 the band : “Diva Avari & The French House Mafia”
We also collaborate with other french artists like Francesco Soares, Tommy Glasses… We all share the same passion for House Music
- If you would win the lottery what will you do?
I love France but I think I’d move to Ibiza to live, staying there most of the time. I am in love with this crazy island. I would buy a nice villa with swimming pool to receive my friends and for sure an amazing studio for working on my music.
- Which are your favorite places in Paris to go out for clubbing?
Djoon : it is not a big place but the music there is one of the best in Paris, if you like Deep & Soulful like me. They recently received artists like Sandy Rivera, Little Louis Vega …
But to be honest, I go clubbing in Paris less and less, mostly from lack of time.
- What are you music plans for the 2018?
In the beginning of this year, we plan to finish 2 new, very exciting productions for “Diva Avari & The French House Mafia” : which are well on their way…
There’s also another project we’ve had in mind for several months now…
We’re preparing a new special Purple Liveshow for clubs: 1 Singer (DIVA AVARI) + 1 DJ (SAMY K) + 1 Guitarist (LUTZ VOLCANO) : 100% Live playing their Purple tracks
We are very excited about it !
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