François X A key protagonist within Paris’ underground scene, for nearly a decade François X has firmly cemented himself as one of France’s finest exports within the realms of House and
A key protagonist within Paris’ underground scene, for nearly a decade François X has firmly cemented himself as one of France’s finest exports within the realms of House and Techno. Since making his production debut in 2009, the Parisian has gone on to establish his inimitable blend of genre bridging Techno, most notably via Dj Deep’s renowned Deeply Rooted imprint as well as his own label DEMENT3D. With his versatility fuelled by a rich knowledge and understanding of his musical heritage, his rapid rise has seen the DJ establish himself as a key resident at Concrete Paris, not to mention regular appearances at the likes of Berghain (Berlin), fabric (London) and Robert Johnson (Frankfurt).
Before becoming a DJ, producer and label owner, François is first and foremost an artist impassioned by music. Inspired by the Detroit, Chicago and NYC club scenes, the talented Frenchman cut his teeth as a compulsive record digger, which aided in the development of his rich and eclectic musical knowledge. It was in the record stores that he met French electronic music pioneer and close friend Dj Deep, and before long his recording ethos and skills quickly convinced the Deeply Rooted founder to release François’ debut records. Starting with ‘Future Roots Vol.3’ in 2009, François went on to provide a total of three releases for the seminal Parisian imprint. The final EP featured a remix by Marcel Dettmann, who would later invite François to appear on his own label Marcel Dettmann Records.
Before long, François, in partnership with longtime friend Heartbeat, launched his own imprint DEMENT3D; a vivid record label providing avant-garde Techno to the masses and promoting established artists such as Polar Inertia alongside new talents such as DSCRD. The label also provided the perfect platform for François to release both solo and collaborative work, including projects with Opuswerk as ‘Hiss:1292’ and with Antigone on the stellar ‘We Move As One’ EP, not to mention his praised solo EP ‘Unicorn Paranoïa’. As a remixer 2016 saw François reimagine tracks for Soma, Anagram and PoleGroup, whilst this year sees him do the same for ARTS.
2017 is shaping up to be François X’s most exciting year to date, with his debut album ‘Irregular Passion’ landing on DEMENT3D towards the end of the year. The long-player showcases an undiscovered side to François, exhibiting his ability to navigate a range of genres by joining the dots between Electronica and straighter House and Techno territories like you’ve never heard him before. (Resident Advisor)
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