Do yourself a favour and get to know one of Paris’ most in-demand house and techno underground heroes before she blows up.

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Resident DJs are the real heroes of club culture. It takes months, years, even decades of dedication and passion, enthusiasm and knowledge, love and understanding to really make a venue your own, but when you do, the two entwine and you get a chance to rewrite history every Friday or Saturday night. Ron Hardy is the Music Box, David Mancuso if the Loft, Larry Levan is the Paradise Garage, Craig Richards is fabric, and Molly is the Rex. The Rex, lest you need reminding, is the dark and dirty jewel in the Parisian clubbing crown. “I think residencies give the crowd what they want musically,” Molly says down the line during a break in an end-of-year North American tour. “And they give the club a real sense of identity, too.”

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Known to her family as Emeline Ginestet, Molly’s been at the forefront of the French underground for years now, playing and producing the type house and techno records that sound deeper than the Marianas Trench. She’s released tunes on labels like Rekids and played everywhere from DC-10 to Berghain, and that kind of top-tier pedigree shines through in both her live sets and podcasts, all of which see her diving deep into supremely classy dancefloor crevices. An immaculately unflashy mixer, Molly’s the kind of DJ you want steering your club through the weekend, making every tune, every flick of the EQ count. “There’s a core group of people at my parties,” she says when asked about how residencies can generate die-hard fan bases, “and these are young people who I don’t actually know personally, but they follow me from party to party.” Though her presence at the Rex is now limited to just a few sets a year—the club that the legendary Laurent Garnier opened in 1992, recently expanded their residency policy to incorporate a wider selection of DJs—the hardcore stay to the very end, every time.

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Despite having transitioned into something of a globetrotter in the last couple of years, Molly’s keen to keep an ear to the Parisian underground. “Whether it’s techno or or house or electro, there are a lot of really brilliant acts out there,” she says, going on to big up Simo Cell and Traumer in particular. She doesn’t want to keep her interests rooted firmly in the club, though, and alongside 2018’s promised slew of new productions and pan-global parties, Molly’s set to teach a music production course in a French college. When it comes to deliriously deep house music, you couldn’t ask for a finer tutor.

“I think residencies give the crowd what they want musically,” “And they give the club a real sense of identity, too.”