Brooklyn based DJ, producer, prolific remixer and Let's Play House label boss Jacques Renault has long been on our list of dream-guests. Having played in legendary clubs around the world, from Smart Bar Chicago, APT New York, Panorama Bar and London's Fabric and Plastic People, it is high time we invited him into the depths of our lazercave to teach our bodies a thing or two about house music at LaGasta! Promoter Vangelis caught up with him to chat musical influences, travel and tracks of the moment.
Hi Jacques! We can't wait to have you in the basement for LaGaSta! Where are you and what are you up to at the moment?
I've been in Amsterdam for the week, just played Shelter last Saturday and Redlight Radio Wednesday. Off to Rotterdam Friday and Glasgow Saturday before heading back to NYC. I've been away from home for almost a month now so I'm looking forward to being back.
When did making music become your job?
Probably around 2009 I switched to doing music full time. I've had a variety of jobs but music was always what I wanted to spend my time on the most.
Where do your musical influences come from?
I grew up playing classical and jazz before discovering hardcore in my teens. I never stopped listening to any of that once electronic production took me over. Everything sort of blended together eventually.
How do you manage your time between producing music, co-running the Let's Play House label and touring?
I've learned to juggle a bit, ha! I'm lucky to be working with incredibly reliable friends, a supportive girlfriend and espressos.
What are your three greatest loves in life?
Music, food and travel. Essentials.
What are three things you must always travel with?
Laptop, earbuds and USBs. You can always buy clothes and a toothbrush somewhere, right?
Which is your favourite destination?
Amsterdam is fantastic, that's why I'm here now. I was also just in Japan for two weeks - it's always a pleasure to visit that country.
Which are your favourite tracks at the moment?
Tom Noble remixed my track Words recently. It's our Let's Play House Record Store Day release. I like it.
Which is the last song you remember yourself singing or whistling lately?
O'Jays - I Love Music
What’s the ideal soundtrack of a night ride with your car/on a car?
I live in Brooklyn and don't own a car so it's always Uber Radio!
Catch Jacques Renault at LaGaSta this Friday 3 February from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!