If I had written these few lines in early
november, I would have said 2015 has been an
exciting year for us because we were offered the possibility to promote
a lot of acts we like (see the artists section).
To start with, we kept on promoting Action
Bronson (a great guy and rapper) with 2 quickly sold out lives @
Trianon with Nous
Productions and our close friend, Arnaud. We also set up the
first edition of Future! with Allo Floride gathering la Bellevilloise
and la Maroquinerie for the 1st time ever : a sold out night with more
people, 4 stages and great fun. Most of our shows went very
well (special mention to Thundercat, Pete Rock and Apollo Brown who
confirmed their dates in December, the night with Dam-Funk live
with Jungle dj set and Soulist and our various Soulection events) and
the year was a busy one also
because of our summer residency TRE1ZE at Concorde Atlantique 13 friday
with La Rafinerie with headliners every week from Fakear to Gilles
Peterson, Ivan Smagghe to Mr. Carmack...
but November 13th happened.
tragedy, we got a few cancellations mainly from young US artists to
manage : some of these cancellations especially when their lives were
supposed to happen in December were not really understandable to
us nor did we tolerate some of the reactions and messages from
Paris haters on social networks we received. But obviously as
everybody else, these consequences were nothing compared to what
happened to hundreds of people directly affected by this tragical night.
Our next event happened on Nov 27 : a Paris-based line up, no
headliners but 1200 persons willing to gather together and showing
fraternity was not a meaningless word in our beloved city.
highlights of a busy year included our regular residency at Yoyo Palais
de Tokyo with as a climax the night with Jamie XX, Four Tet and
Floating Points, 3 incredible djs as well as lives of Joey Badass, Run
The Jewels Goldlink or somewhat under-estimated Oddisee.
have not understood why Kaytranada has become so popular but having him
again in 2015 is a great news! Having the chance of promoting Lee
Fields, Nick Waterhouse or having The Gaslamp Killer or Dam-Funk each
year at our party won't make us complain.
negative side, a bit of frustation sometimes
to see some French agents promote wierdly themselves artists we like /
they do not know ...
We cannot really complain thinking of
what happened in the last few years : we
've got incredible answers from both the
artists we received and from the crowd.
the chance to promote a bunch a new emerging artists : Action Bronson,
The Underachievers, Danny Brown, Dom Kennedy, Joey Badass, Flume...to
get the confidence of some djs who nearly became our luxury dj
residents : DJ Pone (Birdy Nam Nam), J Rocc (Stones Throw), The Gaslamp
Killer (Brainfeeder), dj Spinna or Onra to name a few.
On a personnal side, i was also glad we had the chance to receive
Shuggie Otis : after a break of more than 20 years and even if his live
was far from incredible, it was moving. Madlib last set with us (no
more...) was less moving. Emmanuel, my friend and partner, sucessfully
which has quickly become the Paris "Time Out" on the web. Globally
speaking, we've done around 100 parties and lives in the last 2 years
and most of them (nearly all except 4 or 5) went well. On the negative
start to feel a bit of repetition. Let's hope some good surprise happen
in the future
that when Emmanuel and me got eighty years old, we will remind our
parties at Bataclan (Stones Throw vs. Ed Banger, Wonder-full with
Spinna and Bobbito, dj Premier and Jazzy Jeff..)all sold out on
presales but we had to stop there as the sound there was no longer good
enough. We will also remember the most stressfull live of our life :
the first live of MF Doom in Europe! He came! The show was not the best
we've seen but i can tell you we were releived. What else? The worst dj
set even offered in a party: it was a saturday night at djoon. I won't
reveal here the name of this great artist who is not French but lives
in Paris : we were the promoters of this very funky night...I will also
remind a party called Marathon with nearly all the French electro
scene, the yearly "Thank you Jay Dee parties" which are becoming a
artists of Stones Throw who are all very unique
from James Pants to J Rocc, Dam-Funk to Madlib. In 2011, we also had
the chance to promote Aloe Blacc whose record is gold in France and
thanks to him, we sold out Trabendo, La Cigale, Le Trianon and
hopefully, on november 2011, Casino de Paris. We've also started to
work with some big players of the industry on Raphael Saadiq, Cee-Lo
Green or Wiz Khalifa. We also received the Gaslamp Killer, Gonjasufi
twice (we loved his first live, not really the second one), Gilles
Peterson or dj Spinna many times... We are now entering a new season
2011-2012 starting with ?uestlove at Cabaret Sauvage. It's been 4 years
now since we stop to run the Bus Palladium.
After running a venue for 2 years, we got some deserved holidays. Our
first night in 2008 was only on May with the first concert in Paris of
Pharoahe Monch: 1300 hysterical persons and honestly, a memorable live
Since this first night, Emmanuel and me had the chance to get the
confidence of a few artists with whom it is hard to have bad parties:
dj Mehdi or ?uestlove are not very used to playing in empty venues.
However, all the other nights went quite well too from the Mighty
Underdogs live although their record was not released in France to
Waxgroove, the night with Erik Rug. SOLD OUT every time, everywhere
(except one!) at Bataclan, Bellevilloise, Nouveau Casino & Charbon.
Nice… so far!
Most of the flyers on the homepage comes from this time period: when
they are nice, it is because they were designed by Tom. Thanks to him!
When they are not, you may guess…
FREE YOUR FUNK RAN A VENUE CALLED BUS PALLADIUM : >200
Some unexpected negative news can lead
surprising changes. The closure of the venue planned for a party with
Kurtis Blow five days before the date led us to a club where we never
had organized any night: an historical venue called Bus Palladium with
a capacity of 500 persons. Historical with no hype: this is the least
we can say… But this party and the next one, a week later, gave
us a unique and unexpected opportunity: getting the keys of a venue for
2 years in 2006 and 2007 trying to turn the most untrendy Paris club
into a more decent spot producing concerts and parties with many
artists and numerous promoters, record labels, …
But organizing 3 parties a week, drinking 20 glasses of champagne a
night, consuming the end of our youth in a club was not our main goal
and we decided to stop in 2008. But overall, we keep a good souvenir of
2 very hectic years: a boring book would not be enough to tell
We sometimes went to larger / different venues for some one-off
- Stones Throw 10th year anniversary (with Madlib, J Rocc, Peanut
Butter Wolf, Percee P, Daedelus from Ninja Tune, and Dusty from Jazz
- Fool’s Gold Party at Globo with A-Trak, dj Mehdi, Uffie, Feadz,
Kavinsky, Pierre Wax and 2 or maybe 3 000 kids willing to get
- Marcos Valle’s live at La Maroquinerie
- Waxgroove every 2 months at Nouveau Casino…
We were young, handsome and still
clever. Mathieu was
still my partner, was still single, but it was such a long time
ago… So let’s be brief, our first parties were at Favela
Chic, a Brazilian restaurant/bar/swinging club... Birdy Nam Nam, Simian
Mobile Disco and many others played live there and we had some amazing
parties especially when a bus from the seventies with music and djs in
it was rented to lead the public from Favela Chic to Le Pulp.
We’ve also started at that time our collaboration with Erik Rug,
one of the best French djs we know to promote a night called Waxgroove.
We also promoted with Goldrush a few parties at Rex Club called
Transformer. The idea of the party was fun: 4 djs, 1,5 hour each in a
different musical style from the one they were know for ( a hip hop dj
playing rockabilly…). Last, we started to set up parties at a
forgotten, large and historical venue called Le Globo. We even
celebrated Mathieu departure to South America at Le Globo … The
various parties there made us famous! This is the only lie of this
boring text …