One of Frances most outstanding electronic music DJs and producers, Sebastien Leger is a frequent traveler that continues to show the world his blessed skills. Conjoined with Mixmag, the W will host a series of three Sundown Sessions live from Woobar, kicking off on Saturday, April 27 with Sebastian. Parallel to building his international DJ career, Leger has also become one of the world’s most sought-after producers and remixers, having gained a lot of success through his releases on labels as diverse as Dirtybird, All Day I Dream, Systematic and Lost & Found to name a few. We caught up with him before the big gig to speak about his style and what to expect on 27th sunset of April.
When did you start DJing – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
Started DJing in my bedroom in 1994, so that’s 25 years ago, I got my first residency at the age of 16 in a gay club in France. Early love was US and UK garage house like Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Masters at Work, then Chicago House with Dj Sneak, Derrick Carter and Paul Johnson. Apart from that, Disco and Funk from early 80’s.
How would you describe your DJ performance/music style?
I like to play happy music rather than dark and depressing. I like to install a groovy vibe in my music.
Best collaboration ever?
Daft Punk vs Stevie Wonder sounds good to me. Also Me vs Myself says it all.
What is your proudest moment?
My proudest moment isn’t a moment but more of a statement, the fact that I have been doing this my whole life and I’m still here and relevant, looking for more goals and always reach higher steps. Longevity is something I’m proud of.
Have you collaborated with Mixmag before? If yes, how was it?
Yes, I did play at their headquarter in NYC at the Lab. It was fun to do, I’m happy to do that again in Bali with a different landscape!
You’ve been playing at W Bali several times, what do you expect from the upcoming gig?
I’ll play outdoor this time rather than the club down there, so it will be different vibes I guess, but I have no idea what to expect but a sunset and my music. But every time I played there at the W Bali, it was always really fun, I love it!
What’s your perspective on the balance between technological advances, music and the art of DJing?
I’m not a vinyl nostalgic, but I’m not into the thing with too much gear in a booth doing whatever noise and layering millions of loop together. I’ll stick with the good old playing two good tracks after each other, that’s what I’m after rather than looking like a nerd in front of a screen moving knobs on controller that people have no idea what is going on anyway.
How have particular technologies changed your style of DJing?
I travel lighter obviously! That’s pretty much it, Djing the same way as before, 25 years ago.
1.Beach or mountain?
Beach, but I don’t go on the beach for me, my dogs love it thou. (I live next to the beach)
2. Ibiza or Bali?
Bali, no doubt about it.
3. Sunrise or sunset?
4. Eggs: scrambled or sunny side up?
Boiled with mayo thanks.
5. Cat person or dog person?
I have both. I love them equally, but dogs have that very personal thing that touches me more.
Catch Sebastien Leger at Woobar Saturday, April 27, 2019.