: Deanna Rilling
Parisian producer Gregori Klosman is a bundle of energy in the booth, bouncing around to each track, his hands a blur as they fly between the CDJs and the mixer with expert prowess. Following his set at Marquee Dayclub where fellow Dirty Dutch Crew leader Chuckie stopped by to support, as did W&W, Klosman filled us in on the latest in his world as the DJs sifted through music together between their sets.
Since you’re affiliated with the Dirty Dutch crew, people might think you’re from the Netherlands, but in reality you’re French. Does that make for some interesting scenarios?
Most of the time when I go to a Dutch event, everybody talks to me in Dutch. And in France, some people talk to me in English because they think I’m Dutch! I don’t mind it; it’s funny.
Do you speak any Dutch?
No, not at all. That’s the funny part. I like to say I’m the Dutch/French—Dirty French Dutch? I don’t know how you’d call it, but I’m the only French guy who kind of does the Dutch sound.
What initially attracted you to the Dirty Dutch sound?
Because it makes people dance. That’s what I want. I like to define my style as “dancefloor.” My goal is to make people dance—whatever genre. If you listened to my set [at the Dayclub on August 16] there’s a lot of different styles.
You’ve got a lot of energy and skills in the booth. Tell me about your live style versus some other electronic DJs out there right now.
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I think there is no secret to the fact that I enjoy what I’m doing. I don’t think about what I do, I just do it and I’ll feel the music.
How many calories do you think you burn while you’re bouncing around in the DJ booth?
Enough to kill two hamburgers from McDonald’s! Definitely two Big Macs, easily.
Is Daft Punk an inspiration to every French DJ?
Yeah, of course. We grew up with those guys and they changed the world. They changed the way we listen to music, the way we produce music. They are a big influence—but that doesn’t mean we copy them.
How does your education as a sound engineer at cinema school play into what you do musically now?
The fact that I studied sound engineering helped me to be aware of what I do. I don’t really play with buttons and see what’s going on. I know exactly what I want, I know exactly how I’m going to do it, so that’s why it helps a lot. Yes, it’s a plus, but it’s not something you need.
You’ve got a track called “Minibar.” If you could stock one with your favorite items, what would those be?
My favorite minibar would have nice headphones with noise control. Definitely water because I try to be healthy. And a bottle of Grey Goose maybe. And some M&M’s for sugar, peanut.
Will there be a big room “Fucking Down 2013” version of your hit with Tristan Garner?
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We didn’t start, but we are thinking about doing it. I think now is the right moment to do it because the sound is kind of in fashion at the moment, trendy, this kind of sound. So we want to do something with the same riff, same sound, but more big room.
What’s the dynamic like when you as part of the five guys of Reepublic step into the booth?
Above all we are friends. We just want to have fun and share what we love with the people. When we have five, I agree there’s nothing special technically, it’s just the same as if we were two or three. But it’s just the fact that people see how much fun we have and there are always two of the DJs playing and three others can do whatever they want to tease the crowd and entertain. I think they love to see us together.
Might you ever bring Reepublic to Vegas?
We would love to.
Tell me about the Klosmaniacs. Any dedicated fans with tattoos?
Maybe I have fans with tattoos, but I’m not aware of it. But my fans are definitely faithful. They follow me everywhere. It’s important to be close to my fanbase because they allow me to do what I do. I owe them to be present on social media and everything.
What new releases should we keep an ear out for?
I’m going to have a new track released on A-Trak’s label, Fool’s Gold. It’s called “Funk It.” And one with Michael Calfan on Size called “Gig,” plus many other collaborations, like one with Clockwork. And there is a new Reepublic track [“Never Comes Back”]—it’s a club banger.—Deanna Rilling