It is Frenchy’s job to peddle music; whether that be through his residency at the legendary Back to Basics as well as DJ sets across the country, his highly acclaimed record shop ‘Waxwerks’, his award winning nightclub ‘The Garage’, his ever popular radio show/podcast/club night ‘Throwing Shapes’, or his new venture/DJ guise ‘Disco Till I Die’, he is in the full time business of making people dance and that’s what takes up most of his waking hours day in day out.
Frenchy is a rare breed in the modern era; he is a DJ, pure and simple. Rather than an aspiring producer making beats just to get gigs, he relies on his DJ experience of over 15 years, with a record collection and musical knowledge which goes back much further. Testament to his ability on the decks is the fact that he is a resident at the much revered and world’s longest running house night, Back to Basics, something you can only achieve if you’ve well and truly earned your house music stripes as the quality of Basics other residents testifies. As well as playing main room sets every month at Basics, Frenchy has played at most other underground UK clubs/nights over the years at nights/venues like Below in Birmingham, Just Jack in Bristol, Sub Club in Glasgow, Circus in Liverpool, Sankeys in Manchester, XOYO in London and further afield such as Weekend Club in Berlin, Hideout festival in Croatia, and many more. Frenchy has played alongside most DJ’s worth their salt over the years; Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Josh Wink, Clive Henry, Shonky, Alex Arnout, Radio Slave, Adam Shelton, Subb_An, Greg Wilson, Maurice Fulton, Jef K and Brawther, to name just a few.
Leeds is an important part of Frenchy, he runs the city’s finest specialist record store, Waxwerks, with fellow Basics resident, DJ partner and long time friend Tristan da Cunha. Waxwerks was nominated in DJ Mag’s top 5 musical outlets award in 2012 and has gained a reputation for stocking only the best of house/disco/techno, as well as for it’s in store DJ sets from world class DJ’s every Saturday. These have seen the likes of Motor City Drum Ensemble, Andres, Bloody Mary, Tim Sweeney, Djebali and even all 3 members of Apollonia call by to play sets on a Saturday afternoon. As manager of the shop it is his job to listen to the latest releases and advise customers of what’s hot or not that particular week. This access to so much new music and promos gives his sets an edge over other DJ’s and you can be sure that when you hear him play they will be full of the latest releases and upfront promos, as well as drawing on his massive collection of vinyl and digital.
Alongside running Waxwerks Frenchy is also a business partner in The Garage, which he runs and helped to design. The Garage is a raw and intimate underground club venue which reached almost instant cult status from its opening and won the DJ Mag small club of the year award 2012, also making it into Mixmag top 10 clubs of the year, and reaching no 73 in the top 100 clubs in the world survey. All this after being open for only 9 months. The clubs success reflects Frenchy’s passion for dancefloors/clubs and knowledge of what works or not in a clubbing environment.
On top of all this Frenchy somehow finds time for his Radio Show/Podcast, ‘Throwing Shapes’. Running for nearly 3 years now and with guest mixes from the likes of Chris Duckenfield, My Love is Underground, Rob Mello, Carl Finlow and loads more, always topped and tailed with an hour before and after by Frenchy and Tristan (with a rule of never playing the same track on different shows), the shows have drawn a big following and loads of hits on Soundcloud/Podomatic every month and have led to the boys starting to DJ together as Throwing Shapes as well as starting a very popular bi monthly night and (soon to be) record label where they can further showcase the Throwing Shapes sound.
Not content with leaving it there he now has a new club night and side project ‘Disco Till I Die’ where he gets a chance to air his passion for Disco alongside Tristan. The nights have been a storming success from the off and have led to the Disco Till I Die show going on the road, with recent gigs in London and at Leeds’ Faversham Garden party. One to watch for 2013 no doubt.
So if you are after a DJ who can play the best of underground house, with the ability to switch styles to techno/disco and more when required, and the experience of 10 + years honing his skills alongside the best DJ’s in the game at the most credible nights in the country, getting repeat gigs purely on DJ ability alone not on his latest release, you won’t go far wrong with Frenchy.
House music all night long??? And the rest!!