Soulfooled, District Raw
05.06 - Ritter Bützke, Berlin
07.06 - Sisyphos, Berlin
11.06 - Silencio, Geneva
20.06 - Electron stage, Fête de la musique
27.06 - La Gravière
12.07 - lipstick brunch
15.07 - Montreux Jazz Festival
18.07 - Silencio w/ Reas
19.07 - La pointe
24.07 - La Gravière
07.08 - mOOving! Silencio
09.09 - Silencio
19.09 - Kapitel Bollwerk, Bertel Gee bday, Berne
03.10 - Bal de l'Orangerie
15.10 - Silencio
14.11 - tbc, Hive, Zurich
When it comes to modern electronic music, Geneva might not be the first destination most people would turn to for deep techno and house, however in recent years all that has changed thanks to some key figureheads in the scene, one of which is Swiss-born female producer, Garance.
Born and raised in Geneva, Garance was exposed to and instilled with a passion for music from an early age, taking special influence from her parents record collection, which exposed her to everything from blues and jazz to late 60s/70s rock to disco. A grounding in music theory accompanied this early interest as she played flute and bagpipes for a period of fifteen years. At the age of 14, however, a radio show called “Pump It Up Live” on Swiss radio station Couleur 3 changed things. Garage, house, acid, deep house, techno; she became exposed to all of these new and exciting sounds through the medium of her radio, and this one specialist show. This was the beginning of her love story with electronic music.
She quickly launched herself into record buying, a hobby which began in 2005 with vinyl. Initially playing deep house and minimal, labels like Plastic City, and the music of people like Timewriter and Terry Lee Brown Jr. drove her evolution.
This feverish consumption of music and dedication to DJing led quite naturally to her first attempts at making beats. Starting by learning the basics of music software programs like Reason and Ableton in 2010, she then went on to release records in 2011. Whilst her production style has definitely matured, so too has her knowledge of the mastering process thanks to an extended stay in Brazil which allowed her to dedicate herself to these ends.
The past few years have seen Garance break into the international circuit with acclaimed gigs in Geneva (Electron Festival, Silencio Club, La Gravière, 360° Fever Party etc.), Lausanne (La Ruche, Chocolate Festival), Montreux (Montreux Jazz Festival), Berlin (Ritter Bützke) and Brazil (D-Edge in São Paulo, Pacha in Florianópolis).
Armed with her grounding in music theory, the technical know-how, and a growing tour schedule, it was not long before she was picked up by small independent labels, and released an EP on Alex Niggemann’s much-respected Soulfooled imprint as well as on Fabio Gianelli’s District Raw label. Her undying passion, talent and commitment as a producer and DJ sets her apart from many working in the field of electronic dance music nowadays. 2015 will see Garance release further new material and continue to climb the ranks within the global music community. Listen up.