Interview: Phil Dark

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Phil Dark is well known in the French music scene, not just as a DJ and as the founder and organizer of the “We Want Dance” events, but also as the creative director of the French club “Le Pigaillon“. He kicked off 2015 with the “Morning in Pigalle” EP, a fresh and groovy release which exudes that feeling you can best experience at an after hours. The EP was released by Future Relics and contains a remix by Marcelo Cura as well. Find out more about Phil Dark and his future plans.

LSD: Tell us more about yourself. How and why did you start djing?

I started djing when I was 16 years old, and I was passionate about turntables. Always looking for new records and following my favorite artists in club, I wanted to make people dance. I try to feel the audience and to make a connection with them.

LSD: You’re quite known in Paris for organizing the “We Want Dance” events. What is, in your opinion, the secret to a successful party? Is the Paris scene different than that of Berlin or London?

I organize these parties for more than 7 years now, and the secret is to always be fair with the audience and to get involved. I like to change venues and to support young talents. At the moment, Paris is burning and it’s full of parties with huge line-ups everywhere. It’s quite the same scene, except for the resident DJs.

LSD: You’ve recently released the EP “Morning in Pigalle”. What inspires you when producing new material? Do you have a process of creation which you follow every time or is it more based on intuition and inspiration?

I try to make dancey tracks, with a happy vibe and a nice groove. I follow my inspiration and I often listen to old classics to keep it simple.

LSD: When I say Pigalle, I think about Moulin Rouge and Dali. Why “Morning in Pigalle”?

Yes, it’s true. In this area of Paris, you have many night clubs and sex shops and restaurants opened until very late. At the moment, I’m the artistic director of a venue which is open til midday, where I often play during after hours, so I try to create a sound around the feeling I have when I play at 10 am!

LSD: If you weren’t doing music, what else do you see yourself doing?

I think I would be a manager.

LSD: What are your plans for 2015? Or better yet, can you share with us a glimpse of what you’re working on now?

I’m still working on my venue and doing my party “We Want Dance“, and I’m also developing another one: “La Station“. I’m preparing a remix for a big French label, but I can’t tell you more at the moment. Also, I might be preparing an ep for Fantastic Friends.

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