Live from RA's Paris Community Connections event with the DEMENT3D records boss.
Between a residency at Parisian staple Concrete, mammoth slots at Berghain and the introspective, wide-ranging sound of his DEMENT3D label, it is easy to categorize François X exclusively as a techno demon. This sells him short: learning from French electronic veterans DJ Deep and DJ Gregory in the 2000s gave him a lifelong love for soulful music outside techno's unyielding doof. A pro athlete in the making in his youth, he first parlayed the necessary persistence and discipline into a successful stint in finance, then into his music career. At a time of electro house domination, the first wave of bass-heavy DEMENT3D parties were akin to "hanging a pirate flag in the club," as he told RA in a 2015 Label Of The Month feature. That spirit has never left.
With a new label, DEMENT3D XXX, launched for slower, trippier material, and a tour schedule packed like never before, François X let Gabriel Szatan into his world at RA's Paris Community Connections event in the Hotel National des Arts et Metiers earlier this year.
Check out the rest of Paris Community Connections in our feature.
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