Cedric Gervais on EDM: "There Aren't Many Artists That Inspire Me Right Now"
Cedric Gervais was born in France, but he's been a local Miami DJ since he was 15 years old. More recently, he's become a worldwide superstar, thanks to an infectious brand of pop-dance and a girl named Molly.
He's celebrating a birthday this week, and he's more than stoked to come home and mark the occasion with a special performance at LIV. His success has been a long time coming, and this is his biggest year yet.
We spoke with Gervais about the best move of his life, his recent career highlights, and how a dude with more than 15 years of experience keeps himself ahead of the game.
Crossfade: Why did you want to come to Miami?
Cedric Gervais: At the time, I was actually the youngest DJ to be a resident at the famous club in Paris called the Queen. When I stopped playing in Paris, the government shut down every single club for some reason, for like three months. There were no bars, no clubs open, nothing in Paris, and my friend at the time was living in Miami and said to me, "Come to Miami for the time being and then when everything resolves, go back to Paris." I came to Miami, fell in love with the city, and never left.
That's kind of incredible. How old were you when you learned to DJ?
I started at 13 years old. I was learning how to DJ in my house and everything, I was still going to school, but that was my passion. My father, in the summer when school was over, he was like, "OK, come be the resident of my club in San Tropez." So I was very happy and I started being a resident and everything started snowballing and everything started happening to me.
Does it make you happy when you see all these other young kids getting breaks now on the dance music scene?
Yeah, it makes me very happy, because I know. I mean, I went through a different way than the kids are going through now. I went through the real learning how to be a DJ, and learning how to make people dance by playing any kind of music. These days, the kids are making records in their bedrooms and then getting a break and getting out there. So it's a different path, but it makes me very happy, because I went through this, and I know the joy that it is to be successful and doing what you love.
What are you working on right now? Are you just focused on touring? Or are you working on any productions?
I have my new single right now with Howard Jones called "Things Can Only Get Better," so that's what I was promoting during Miami Music Week. I'm working on the next Lana Del Rey remix "Young and Beautiful," which is actually part of the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby. Then I have a remix for White Lies that I'm about to start, and some original production. I am always working every week in the studio, just trying to make new stuff and working on my podcast for the fans. So I'm always working.
You mentioned Miami Music Week. What was your favorite part about the experience this year?
My favorite part of the experience probably was to play Ultra main stage. As a Miami resident, and as an artist, you know how big this festival is. And 15 years is a big accomplishment. For me to be part of it and then like that, I was just looking forward to it all week, to be on that stage and performing in Miami. That was a big highlight for me.