Emerging French prodigy, DJ and producer Greg Armano saw a huge climb to the top last year. His hit track “No Stress”, with Laurent Wolf, currently tops the French charts and his remixes for Benny Benassi, among other big names, are highly sought after–Universal Music just signed him for an official remix for U2. Armano is now on his way to Shanghai, ready to perform at Electric Circus Music Festival on Saturday. Get pumped.
The DJ shared his thoughts about the EDM scene in China and told us about his early influences in music and his latest collaboration with Laurent Wolf just a couple of days before his show at Electric Circus, held at the Pudong Exhibition Center.
Where did it all begin, what was it that made you want to work as a DJ and producer?
Music started for me when I was a child. I was fan of classic and rock music, and Queen was the perfect mix of both. I started to listen to electronic music when I had discovered the first album of Daft Punk. I was a teenager, and when I came to the club, I remember so many people being crazy about them. It was also the same feeling with trance music. Anyway, at that moment I was dreaming to become a rock star and I
played with a band for many years as a singer and guitarist. They were older than me, much more experienced, and one day the pianist showed me “Ableton live”. Since that day I decided to look into production techniques.
What was the first event that you played at?
Seriously, I don’t remember!
You recently had a hit track called ”No Stress 2014” with Laurent Wolf, how did that collaboration come about?
I discovered Laurent Wolf In 2003 with “Calinda”. As I said, I was playing with my band at that moment, but I really loved this track! It was interesting to listen to this kind of music, a mix of sample and tribal style. In 2011 he made a remix contest of his last track “Suzy”; I decided to participate and I won. It was something incredible for me as I really admired him. So it was an honor for me to make the new version of his most famous track “No stress”.
What do you think of the EDM music scene in China?
I have played in Asia many times (in Hong Kong, Singapore, Macao, Manila) and my first time in Shanghai was in 2012. I was surprised to see that so many people love to party! I really think that China is one of the new important destinations for clubbing!
Who do you think are the 3 most interesting DJs on the scene right now?
It’s difficult to choose because there are lot of talented DJs and producers out there. I really admire the career of David Guetta. I think he really changed the vision of clubbing, at the same time we are discovering many young DJs. That’s what I like in music! Chuckie is my favorite DJs for live shows. I really love how he plays.
See Greg Armano, Swanky Tunes, Roger Sanchez, Conrank, and more at Electric Circus on May 24.
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Previously on Shanghaiist: an interview with Shanghai hero Conrank and an interview with Russia’s Swanky Tunes, also playing at Electric Circus on Saturday.
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