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Thank God for Garnier

An ode to the Frenchman who's reached legendary status

  • Harrison Williams
  • 6 January 2017

Laurent Garnier’s ceaseless dedication to dance music is a clear reason why he’s regarded as one of the most influential artists of all time, shaping the scene with each new release and DJ set for nearly 30 years. When it was announced earlier this week that he would be receiving the Légion d'honneur, the highest French order for military and civil merits, it was only the most recent confirmation that he’s reached a point in his career that few have ever achieved: legendary status.

When Garnier began his career in the late 80s, the scene was somewhat phasing out of the disco craze and into the formative years of house and techno. This was when he found his way to the iconic Haçienda club in Manchester, hearing house music for the first time. In an interview, he described the moment when 'Love Can't Turn Around' by Farley Jackmaster Funk reached his ears and changed his life: “I remember, I ran up to the DJ booth and I banged on the door. I didn't know those guys back then, I was just a punter. I banged on the door and said 'what the fuck is that record?'. It was such a punch in my head, it was such a strong moment, and I thought whatever happens, I'm getting that record."

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