DJ W!LD’s rise to prominence has been no overnight phenomenon, more of a breakthrough from cult favourite of the Paris underground scene to globally recognized and feted artist and influencer. He boasts an abundance of accolades spanning his extensive career; from gigs in hallowed locations like Panorama Bar, fabric, Amnésia or events such as Circoloco and Cocoon, and releases including REKIDS offshoot Cabin Fever, One Records, Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano’s RAL series and 2020 Vision. His music blends techno, minimal, acid , house and hip –hop informed by an artist’s sensibility and an instinct for the cool and erotic in fashion, style and music. He’s also founder and label head of two very unique imprints; The W Label ensures his work stays true to his aesthetic, whilst his new DAILYCID imprint seeks and supports new talent. DJ W!LD has a rare skill of evolving as an artist (both as a performer and a producer), meaning he has kept up with trends and remained relevant, whilst never compromising his art.
Already a fan of hip hop and jazz, and a collector of vinyl records from age thirteen, W!LD took his DJ moniker from early hip hop cult film, Wild Style. He discovered house and techno at Club L’AnFer in his hometown Dijon, where Laurent Garnier was resident DJ and an inspiration to this quick-to-learn seventeen year old. Six months in Barcelona allowed him his first gigs, at KU club, and he secured his first residency on moving to Paris, at the Palace, the biggest club in the city, alongside gigs at Rex Club and Le Queen. One of his vinyl-hunting trips to NYC brought him a chance to meet with producer Peter Rauhofer, resulting in his first track which sold 50K copies, and playing at the most famous NY club of the moment “ TWILO”. It’s been onwards and upwards from there, to founding his own labels as well as increasingly prestigious gigs , residencies ( Fuse , Le Cirque , Circoloco...) and lauded records.
His W Label, known for its epic W!LD original cuts and high level remixers including Kerri Chandler and Chez Damier or Andres, began in 2005 and was home to his first and subsequent albums; but as a very productive producer, the French maestro has released on many other prestigious labels such as One Records, 2020 Vision, Crosstown’s offshoot imprint Rebellion, RAL, Robsoul, REKIDS’ sub label Cabin Fever and more. W!LD is a chameleonic character who delivers a unique sound, always staying true to himself and his roots.
More recently, he founded his DAILYCID vinyl-only imprint which unearths and supports new artists, exploring different sub-genres of underground electronic music. After the label had its own wildly successful stage at SXM festival, DAILYCID parties also began, occupying secret basements in affluent London suburbs, or tucked away streets in Amsterdam, Berlin or Switzerland. This year will see the parties grow internationally.
Long interested in contemporary art and fashion, W!LD has soundtracked catwalk shows for Paris Fashion Week, including for Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Mugler and Christian Lacroix. These days he is working on his painting, with a view to creating more multimedia events blending lights, music, and his art. We can expect to see ever-changing, ever risk-taking, new work from DJ W!LD as his roster of clubs and festivals continues to grow, and his labels find and launch new talent.