MOSIMANN is the complete package: a dj-producer, singer, songwriter, The Voice TV-host and Double Gold–certified artist based between Paris and Zurich. A self-taught musician, he grew up looking up to the likes of Jean-Michel Jarre, Daft Punk or Laurent Garnier, pioneers who helped him shape his own sound and identity. His leitmotiv ‘Change your Mind’, a testament to his unwavering dedication to redefine dee-jaying, represents his own artist label he releases his club tracks on. On stage, on top of a 8-meter high metal structure and moved by a boundless energy, he confidently delivers his set behind his turntables, drumkit, microphone and keyboards. Popular he is. He’s always taken great pride in bringing his passion for electronic music from the underground to the masses. Steadily climbing his way to the top over the past 7 years, he became a regular fixture from DJ Mag Top 100 (#93 this year) and joined the ranks of the top 10 French DJ’s (4th best French DJ this year), growing a dedicated fanbase of 700,000+ on social platforms. After 250+ DJ dates internationally since 2015 and millions of streams worldwide on his last single ‘Never Let You Go’ (ft. Joe Cleere), the future is set to be a breakout time for Mosimann: dates planned all over the world in clubs and festivals (France, GSA, Benelux, China, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Norway, Indonesia, Thailand …), official remixes like his latest one for David Guetta & Robin Schulz on ‘Shed a Light’, and first and foremost, his new single ‘Forever’ (feat David Taylor), on Parlophone/Warner Music and now available on all digital platforms.
You’re one of the biggest stars in France and have an impressive fan base. When can the US expect to have the Mosimann experience?
Oh that’s nice! I’m not so sure about “one of the biggest stars”, I’d rather consider myself as a hard-working artist who’s very lucky to have indeed an amazing fanbase on board for years now but I still have a lot of work to join my “French bosses” like David Guetta, DJ Snake, Daft Punk,Martin Solveig, Bob Sinclar, among others… French touch power! I’m on tour a lot in Europe and Asia and I can’t wait to come in the US. I played a few times in Miami at Mansion or Set Club but I definitely want to get the bigger picture and it takes time to prepare the good music, the good profile, the good team. But I’m coming soon, for sure! 🙂
You are known as quite a showman when you DJ and perform. Describe your performance for those who haven’t seen you live.
I always wanted to share in a different way with the audience, this is a part of me. That’s why I include singing, drums, keyboard, some scratch, a lot of energy, emotions. I was so frustrated about DJs just mixing, without even looking at the crowd, in their own bubble, this is selfish. I’m on stage to be with people, and I’m fighting for LIVE shows. It’s tricky to sell myself (lol) but if you come to on of my shows, you’ll be able to live a real experience, sharing and traveling with me during the set: the setlist is essential and quite adapted to the audience I have in front of me, it’s important to feel the dancefloor’s needs, and I want everyone to leave the party with the sensation they spent an awesome night.
You have this crazy stage that you have to strap yourself into because it articulates and allows you to expose the decks to the audience. First of all, WOW and second of all, how did this concept come to life? Isn’t it dangerous?
Thank you so much! I was always sad in festivals particularly to have people so far from the stage, and I wanted another way to share with them beyond music. I remembered Joey Jordison (the drummer of Slipknot band I was a fan of) and his 360° rotative drums, and I also wanted to offer a real show for ears and eyes, and let people be with me in the booth, so I imagined this stage design that rises 26-foot high and tilts to a 70-degree-angle to the audience, so everyone can see my hands mixing, scratching, doing some technics. It’s a way to include everyone in my set. I have an awesome Belgian team, crazy guys who followed me on this! They’re used to work in control rooms during big events or for David Guetta and other big DJs performances, and they managed to concretize my ideas in real. They built an hydraulic system with an engine they’re controlling while I’m playing for the rising, and I control the slope with a button on my DJ booth. The first version was actually just sloping and then we improved it with the rising. Next step would be to have a hinged support to get the booth right above the audience. Let’s dream BIG!
It’s not dangerous because the team worked hard on security, but still quite scary! Fortunately, my setup is all fixed on the table so I know anything won’t fall except my snapback I forget sometimes on the table lol… But when you’re 26-foot high and completely 70-degree angle tilted, it’s a real roller coaster sensation! I love it, with the adrenaline of the show, I really have fun. I have a security belt but I often forget to fasten it, don’t tell my manager… But what about you coming and trying it someday? 🙂
For those unfamiliar with Mosimann, you won the equivalent of The Voice in France but then left this success behind to follow your passion for electronic music. Are you crazy or the sanest person alive?
That’s funny you compare ‘Staracademy’ I won 8 years ago with ‘The Voice’ because I actually was also coach on ‘The Voice Belgium’ for 3 seasons these past few years. It was more like American Idol but with music and media classes, duets with international stars every week live on TV, etc. I guess I’m crazy, at least that’s what my team at this time thought when I told them in 2010 that being a simple singer was not me and that I didn’t want to do it anymore. After winning in front of 8 million of TV viewers, getting a double gold record on debut album and big contract at Universal, doing 2 years sold-out tours on stage… I was still deejaying but it was not my main activity at this moment, even if I’m a DJ producer since I’m 14 years-old. When I walked on the stage at Olympia Hall in Paris, France, I immediately felt it: it was not my place, not what I wanted to do, not the audience I wanted to talk to. You know, when you have the same show every night, with the same songs, when people sing your song even before you started it. I don’t like the fact that everything is expected and known in advance. When I’m on stage as a DJ, I have the power to surprise people, make them feel emotions they’re not expecting, changing my setlist at every gig. And this music… I live for it. Of course, I’m open-minded and a music lover in general, I still produce music in other styles for other artists, but electronic music is my thing as an artist. I don’t regret any part of my story though, everything was an awesome experience, it made myself and allowed me to perfectly know what I wanted to do.
As a well-versed and trained musician, you bring sonic perfection to your productions. How do you achieve this and what production tools do you use?
I think being a musician helps indeed, even if I’m a self-taught person, but this is also a long-term job looking for plugs, tutorials, technics. I like to work with some hardware but most of the time I work with new synths like Serum, Spire, Nexus II, Massive… I also love the Soundtoys suite (plugs), which are awesome to work on the sound, and the Waves one. I produce and compose on Logic Pro X, I mix and master on Cubase, and sometimes I work also on Reason. I guess this is essentiel to listen to a lot of music and stay aware of what’s going out everyday for production.
What is a day in the life of Quentin Mosimann like?
Traveling, working on my laptop during transportation, doing my podcast ‘House Bless You’, snapchatting, preparing my set for the night, playing live, taking time with people after my set, sleeping a few hours with my 2 chihuahuas (don’t laugh! I always thought it was a joke until I met them lol…), going back on tour or in the studio! And sometimes one day of rest at home in Switzerland to play PS4!
What is your favorite part of touring and producing?
My favorite part of touring is of course when I’m on stage. I live for this moment, this is the reward of hard work upstream. Of course, touring requires some compromises: not seeing your family and friends much, traveling the world with 3 stopovers when you’re not famous enough to get the jet yet, eating too much fast food, not sleeping enough, missing important things in your close people’s lives, not having a real private life… And when I’m on stage, I know why I accept this with motivation and gratitude. The stage is my playground, I’m still a kid there with big dreams and the will to spread some love. About producing, my favorite part is first when you’re working in the studio and get finally an idea that takes shape concretely, so exciting; and second part is when you’re trying a creation live. Stressful sometimes, because if the audience does not react, it means you gotta work again and harder on it! But so comforting when something is happening with the crowd on your new track…
How can fans find you and your music?
You can all find me and my music on my website www.quentinmosimann.com and on all socials:
Google + page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/110452764392860711863/+QuentinMOfficiel/posts
Google + profile: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+QuentinMosimannOfficial
Apple Music: https://itun.es/fr/hm35q