Growing up in Paris, Laurent Garnier discovered the clubbing scene as a young teenager. But it wasn't until the mid 80s, when he moved to Manchester to work at the French Embassy that he stumbled upon the early house music scene and began his career as a DJ.
In 1987, he discovered the legendary Hacienda club, where he began his first residency as a DJ. As one of the Hacienda's most popular DJs, Garnier influenced the direction of early house and techno, as well as providing the inspiration for shoegazer bands like Primal Scream and The Stones Roses that formed against the backdrop of the early rave scene.
After moving back to France in the early 90s, Garnier DJed at the Rex Club in Paris and orchestrated a series of his own parties. It was in France that he began releasing music himself, including the classic Paris EP as Choice. He also founded the F Communications label, which has gone on to release some of France's best house, techno and downtempo over two decades.
As one of the Hacienda's most popular DJs, Garnier influenced the direction of early house and techno, as well as providing the inspiration for shoegazer bands like Primal Scream and The Stones Roses that formed against the backdrop of the early rave scene.
Garnier went on to find worldwide popularity with a series of compilations and artist albums - the masterful Laboratoire Mix on React, and several LPs including A Shot In The Dark, 30, and Unreasonable Behavior.
But he remains best known for his mixing, and can claim to be one of the most in-demand DJs in the world. Renowned for his marathon sets that can stretch over several hours, Garnier is a master of the deceptively simple art of segueing records into each other, able to layer similar yet different cuts over each other in such a way that the listener begins to view each in a new way. His sets are a true electronic music education, as he mixes newer tracks into classics from the house and techno history he helped define.