DJ Spotlight: Cedric Gervais

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By: / December 30, 2013

Cedric Gervais tore up the scene in 2013. Originals like “Never Come Close” and “Things Can Only Get Better” dazzled, while his remixing capabilities stunned. He even garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Remix.

VIBE caught up with the Miami-residing DJ and Producer. Be sure to catch him New Years Eve at Pier 36 where he’ll be spinning alongside R3hab, Sander van Doorn, Showtek, and Tommy Trash. Own it here.

First off, we’d like to congratulate you; 2013 has been a really big year for you. Your “Summertime Sadness” and “Young and Beautiful” remixes have taken over radios worldwide, and the Howard Jones remake, “Things Can Only Get Better”, is poised to become equally as popular. What is your process in composing records like these?
Lana was something special. Her voice, the song writing, the hook & melody it’s all there; so to work on both tracks was just incredible. They worked out so well because they were already so beautiful and I was very happy to create a dance record out of such artistic incredible song(s). Likewise, I loved the Howard Jones original and when the opportunity arose I took it. The great thing about all these particular records is [that] I knew right away what I wanted to do with them which always makes things easier and they came out more or less exactly as I planned… it doesn’t always work that way, so i was lucky.

You have a hard-hitting new collab with CID (out now) on Spinnin, “Never Come Close”. What else can we expect from you in the next 6 months? Any other collaborations in the works?
CID is going to be a huge artist over the forthcoming months so I loved collaborating with him. I’ve been working with Rick Nowels (who wrote both “Summertime Sadness” and “Young & Beautiful” with Lana) and we have some really BIG records in the making. I also have some great records that I’ve been playing in my set coming out in January & February, and I’m about to start work on a track with possibly one of the biggest pop stars of the moment. I’m very excited about 2014 and i want to continue releasing music I love.

Your music is malleable to dance/pop; would you consider a rap collab? With whom would you like to work?
I’d definitely consider it, although it needs to work in my sets… that’s how I judge my music and thats how I write my music. I’ve just done some sessions with Angel Haze and she’s incredible, so let’s see what comes from that. I’d love to work with a bunch of people… Sia, Adele, there’s so many.

Recent conflicts within the scene have included DJs making too much money, ghost producing, and overall lack of creativity. What are your thoughts on these issues?
There’s always going to be these conflicts and there always have been, dance music is part of America’s popular culture now – it’s huge and there is a lot of money involved. The thing that I try to have is individuality, there are a lot of people who play the same records and the same sets everywhere you go and that for me is sad. I still remember dancing for hours at Space in Miami to Danny Tenaglia and no one knew any of the records he was playing but they all blew our minds… thats a real DJ, someone that can take you on a journey, that can play you something new, something different and take you with them thats true DJ artistry.

You’ve played all the big-time festivals and have held residencies at major clubs including Paris’ Queen Club, LIV, and XS amongst others. Do you prefer festival-sized crowds or more intimate club settings? Why?
I love both. When you have a huge festival crowd going crazy it’s an amazing adrenaline rush, but if I’m completely honest, I love playing smaller venues and all age shows where the kids are there to dance and really embrace the music.

How do you prepare for such aforementioned gigs?
I’ll freely admit I always get a bit stressed before a show. I’ll go through my promos and then worry about everything that could and couldn’t happen, but when I get up there and start playing, that all disappears and I’m caught up in the moment.