This Saturday, May 19, club Amnesia in Miami is going to get buck wild. France’s own Joachim Garraud will be in the building doing what he does best – rocking out the dance floor. There is something special about the Grammy-nominated Joachim — not only about his sound, but also about his performances.
Joachim is one of the few electronic DJs that actually performs during a show; and I’m not talking about mixing from one song to the other while flashing lights distract the audience. I’m talking about his ability to actually play live instruments during his sets. It’s simply amazing. I will admit that I was clueless about his creative abilities at first, so I decided to do some research. Here are five things you never knew about Joachim Garraud:
1. Born in Nantes on September 27, 1968, Joachim started learning how to compose classical music at an early age. After seven years in the conservatory, at which he perfected percussion and the piano, he decided to start working on electronic music. His classical skills fused together with hard synthesizers and upbeat drums, which helped to create his distinct sound.
2. The heavyweight artist had a big year in 2006 where he was nominated for best remix of the year alongside David Guetta.
3. Also in 2006, Joachim Garraud’s Zemixx and Live Video podcasts got ranked first and second on the iTunes Music Store France Podcast Chart.
4. Joachim was the main host of the Technoparade in Paris, which broke the record of attendance. He was the only DJ to have his own float, which allowed him to invite Oliver Huntemann, Laidback Luke, Benni Benassi, DJ Sender and David Guetta.
5: As I previously stated, Joachim’s performances are unique. His sets are actually concerts because he incorporates live instruments into his performance, improvising on his guitar piano as the tracks play off the CDJs. Check out a cool video of one of his performances here: