This week we caught up with the well respected Paris based D’JULZ a French DJ who has been involved in the scene since the very beginning. After moving to New York in ’93 he got involved in the then booming house scene of the ‘Big Apple’ only to return to Europe with an even larger following and all different club experience. He has started the legendary ‘Bass Culture’ night at the Rex Club in Paris now playing host to the likes of Sankeys as well as his own successful record labels. D’Julz played a live set for Boiler Room Paris  last year and has played some of the finest clubs across the world including Fabric, Amnesia & DC10. You can also catch him at this years Groovefest Festival in Malta alongside the likes of Jamie Jones, Kerri Chandler & Hot Since 82. Further information can be found on the Groovefest website.Groove fest

Here is what D’JULZ had to say…


Coming from Paris at the heart of the start of the whole French house scene what was it like to be a part of and where does that unique  funky ‘French House’ sound really come from?

Looking way back I think it comes from the disco days. In the 70’s,  disco, soul and funk were very big in the Paris underground night scene. Clubs like the Le Sept and later The Palace were to Paris, what Studio 54 was to NYC. Even Grace Jones says in her book how influential those Paris clubs were to her sound. Also, in the early House music days,  the main record shop in Paris which was called BPM was importing mostly Chicago and New York house so it was definitely a major influence for what became later the French touch.

I was lucky enough to be part of it before the French sound got its world recognition. Like every beginning of suppose, It was a very exciting time.


When you moved over to New York in 1994 what were the main notable differences between the Paris & NYC scenes? Sound wise, culture people wise.

Huge difference!  The rave scene was much more developed and interesting in Europe but the NY clubs were the best in the world then. It was not long after Paradise Garage had closed so you could still feel it’s impact on the city club culture.  It would be like having been in Chicago in 86 or in Berlin in 2005 for instance. The Right place at the right time.


What does D’julz have lined up for the rest of 2016 and what are you most looking forward to?

On the production side I’m going to have new EPs released on Rekids and Bass Culture, plus a few remixes here and there.

Gig wise I am looking forward to playing a few shows in Detroit during Movement Festival and obviously I cant wait for the Ibiza season to start.  I miss the DC10 terrace!


Going back to the early 90’s which is when you started out. What drew you to the whole dance scene and were you a natural on the turntables or did it take some time master?

My love of this music comes from the dance floor but I quickly made my way to the DJ booth. Since I had never planned to be a DJ I guess you can say it happened quite naturally. It was still possible then to your take your time to learn your skills and doing it with an audience in front of you. Today you have to be perfect before you even play your first gig! That’s harder and a lot more competitive for the new generation of DJs I think.


Which acts/artists from the late 80’s/early 90’s inspired you to start DJ’in?  

First it was local DJs like Jerome Pacman, Guillaule La Tortue and Laurent Garnier. Also the dutch DJ Dimitri and Francesco Farfa from Italy. When I moved to New York in 93, Junior Vasquez was still the king.

Later I learned a lot sharing the decks with amazing DJs such as Kenny Hawkes, Terry Francis, Doc Martin, Derrick May & Josh Wink amongst many others . Basically I was influenced by very different styles of DJs for different reasons: some for their technical skills, other for their programming or for their crowd control.


Do you think modern day wise the DJ game has become saturated with too many DJ’s?

Saturated I don’t know, there sure are a lot more DJs and sub genre’s of music than before so it’s hard to keep up. Careers come and go a lot faster due to the internet. But at the same time the audience is also wider and more global.


If you had to describe you own sound that you have stuck to over the years in 3 words what would it be?

That’s a very tough one to answer. I usually like to play a combination of different genres, deeper or harder depending on the situation. The common link would be the groove I suppose.  The funk element is essential for me and so is a certain dubby hypnotic vibe.


Best clubs you have played at during your DJ career and why?

You can have good and bad nights even in the best or most famous clubs in the world. But if I had to pick a few I’d say:

Twilo, Fabric, Panorama Bar, Rex, Robert Johnson, Womb…I could name 5 more. They all had at some point in their existence the perfect combination of a great soundsystem, a great crowd and a dedicated staff.


Travel essentials when on tour and why?

A couple of good books, A computer loaded with new music, movies, tv series, and most importantly a neck pillow to be able to catch up on sleep everywhere!


Chicago House or Detroit Techno?

It’s like asking me to choose between my mom and my dad 🙂