Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Cedric Gervais
Mon, 09 Feb 2015 10:33:06
DJ/producer Cedric Gervais has dropped his new single "Love Again" featuring Ali Tamposi. He remixed Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness," which was a monster hit and is likely how you know him. He will definitely be on the radar of music fans in 2015.
Gervais, who resides in Miami, has had residencies at Liv and Story in Miami, as well as at The Marquee in Las Vegas.
Want to get to know him?!
You helped break LDR with the "Summertime Sadness" remix. What was it like to kinda recreate the song and have it blow up as a result?
It was a great experience since I was a fan of Lana Del Rey and when I got a call to do the remix, I had no idea which song it was. It went Double Platinum in America. I think it helped me a lot in my career. And people didn't know her as much and it opened her up to a broader audience. It was a great experience and I would love to work with her again... the song, and then me doing the remix, put it in the right direction and in a different world. You can't take away from her writing, either. I don't think she writes songs to be hits.
Let's talk about "Love Again" with Ali, and share a little insight into your writing process.
These days people want to work with DJs. To me, the most important thing is magic in the track. A lot of artists write a beat, put a bassline over it, send it to songwriters. When I work, I want them to send it to me and I play guitar. Ali and the piano player wrote [the song] on piano. The song came to me. I do what I have to do. That's how I like to work. Ali sent me this record. I fell in love, with her voice, the song. You could feel the magic. I let the songwriters do their thing. Some DJs are like computer guys, but you can't turn a song if you don't get the magic of the record. That's what we did with Ali! We even recorded an acoustic version where I am playing a guitar.
You play guitar, whereas most DJs don't! So you are organic, with instruments in your hands, not just turning knobs.
I've been playing since I was 15; I am not the best guitarist in the world, but I play! I had a stepfather who was into music and got me into Jimi Hendrix.
Lots of EDM artists do residencies -- why do you do them, besides the obvious, like the fact that they are lucrative?
If you look at the culture of dance music, they call it EDM music. Everyone says EDM. But EDM represents a lot of things. Back in the days in Ibiza, in the summer, DJs did residencies. They were always there. It came from Ibiza back in the day. Yes, there is money involved, but you create a following. People know where you are going to be. So, it's not like, 'Oh wait, he'll be back soon,' after a performance. They know that, once a month, Cedric is playing here or there. It is good to create a theme around the residency, so it's a better experience for fans who come see you. It's not a regular tour.
Do you have any non-music hobbies?
I box every single day. I am addicted to boxing. I box every morning. I started fighting and sparring and I am enjoying it. It's been two years now and I am getting very good at it. It's not like I am doing it professionally, but I never thought I could get addicted. I used to play soccer, and almost went pro, but I stopped to do music.
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