Former radio presenter, label boss, superstar DJ and producer, Seb Fontaine belongs to a small pool of DJs that got started when house music was ‘a feeling’ and a DJ was just a person in the booth with a crate of vinyls. From there, he has become a DJ legend, with all this under his belt: residencies at top London clubs The Wag, The Fridge, Ministry of Sound and Cream at Ibiza’s Amnesia; albums on Paul Oakenfold’s seminal Perfecto label; a gig with KISS FM, BBC Radio 1; and not forgetting countless music festivals as well touring with the likes of The Black Eyed Peas and Beyonce.
So what’s a DJ to do after they reach the top of their game? Hang up their headphones and let their playlists and auto-syncs do the work? Not Fontaine. “Where you head depends on how much you want to remain true to your roots as a DJ or whether you want to start cutting the rope at the opening of supermarkets,” Fontaine tells inSing.com.
And how does a DJ steeped in the sounds of the underground like Fontaine manage to strike a balance between being cutting edge and being accessible? “That is still one of the true mysteries of modern DJing,” laughs Fontaine. “I think I’m pretty flexible and across the board. I'm at home in a sweaty rave or DJing by the pool of an amazing hotel for the Singapore Grand Prix. I think the Podium Lounge is the perfect example of a really cool accessible party.”
inSing talks to Fontaine about dance music going mainstream, his new work and some of his favourite records
What do you think about the mainstream embracing typically underground dance sounds like yours?
Some of it is clever and really good but as with all things there are plenty of truly terrible collaborations and rip offs. Quality will always shine through.
What’s on your plate on the production front right now?
We just released a new Relekt single on Zouk records (no relation to the club) with Kim Wilde on vocals and I have a new Deadstock Disko to come. After that I'm going to have to get busy in the studio as I have not been in all summer with the travelling.
How do new technologies help you harness your creative impulses?
Whether they harness creative impulses or just make your job easier is up for debate but both Pioneer and Native Instruments have some fantastic forward-thinking innovations at the moment.
When you sit down to produce is it like the dance floor is always at the forefront of your mind?
I spend half my life on dance floors so it's always there close by in my mind.
How do you see the club/ dance music scene at the moment?
Healthy, it's been a really good year for dance music so far.
What makes your DJ sets unique?
If I told you then they wouldn't be unique! I think it's important to keep things fun.
What DJs have you seen out there this year that you can give props to?
‘So Called Scumbags’ are amazing in London as is Tim Cullen. A lovely lady called Miss C is always great to listen to and throws some great parties.
What headlines would you like to read about yourself one day?
‘120 Year Old DJ Still Raving’
What is your big tune of the moment on your decks?
‘Queen of Disco’ by DJ PP
What classic record never leaves your box?
Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’
And, finally, what can we expect from your set at The Podium Lounge?
Honestly the guys at The Podium Lounge are famous for putting on one of the best parties in the world. I can't wait for this.
Don’t miss Seb Fontaine tearing it up at the Podium Lounge, 21–23 Sep. Tickets $138, $238 (inclusive of a bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne), $428 (inclusive of a bottle of Dom Pérignon Champagne) and $888 (VIP Section, inclusive of free flow Dom Pérignon Champagne and all other beverages) available from www.podiumlounge.com
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