When Mixmag and BUDX touch down in Paris, France from April 24 - 26, a collection of innovative and influential creative individuals will come together to share their empowering stories.
From the rise of LGBTQ dance parties and the impact techno has had on the global industry, to the relentless rise of French hip hop and subcultures impacting the fashion industry, we'll explore various aspects of French culture such as these through talks, workshops and immersive experiences.
Here are the people that will help us create this extensive program, read about them below.
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Anne-Claire (Flash Cocotte/Possession party promoter)
Anne-Claire is a promoter and founder of several parties in Paris. She helps look after Possession and is also involved with Flash Cocotte, one of the most popular and forward-thinking LGBTQ events in France.
Busy P (DJ, Ed Banger Records founder)
Pedro “Busy P” Winter is the founder of Ed Banger Records. The former Daft Punk manager also runs the fashion label Club 75 and has been active in the electronic music scene for over 20 years.
Dinos is French rapper hailing from La Courneuve, in Seine-Saint-Denis. Before signing to Because Music, where he released the album ‘Imany’ in 2018 and ‘Taciturn’ this year, he was a part of the Def Jam France roster. He is famed for his eclectic and fresh take on rap and hip hop.
Freaky Debbie (Upcycle fashion designer)
Freaky Debbie is a creative director, fashion designer and costume maker from Paris. She founded the fashion label Pantheon and runs a creative fashion agency and studio called House of P. Her transformative work has been regularly featured in Vogue and she often draws inspiration from streetwear culture.
Geoffrey Cochard (Film director, cofounder of La Créole)
Geoffrey has co-founded a multidisciplinary collective devoted to spread Creole cultures in 2018. The team promotes the LA CREOLE party set up in Paris, an high energy, dance-led event that caters for all genders, races and offers an inclusive space of self-expression. LA CREOLE celebrates musical entities from the diversity of Creole territories & diasporas. It is a fresh new take on raw and popular sounds mixed with the club culture by a new generation of DJs nostalgic of the rhythms of an intercultural world. Geoffrey has also directed ‘Trip’, a queer documentary that will be released in summer 2019. Produced by Storner and Les Films de l’Instant.
Hugo Do Peso aka Marmoset (Kindergarten co-founder)
Kindergarten is the Parisian club night and collective that specialises in bringing back the NYC Club Kids ethos of times gone by, The colourful LGBTQ rave is one that showcases freedom of expression through exuberant costumes and Hugo Do Peso aka Marmoset is a prominent figure, co-founder and DJ at the party.
Jakob Saulière (Artistic Direcor of Fée Croquer)
Jakob Saulière is the Artistic Director of Fée Croquer, the French club brand that hosts events all over Paris at venues like Rex Club and Concrete.
Kevin Saunderson (DJ)
Kevin Saunderson is one of the most prolific artists in techno and electronic music. Hailing from Detroit, Saunderson has several aliases including E-Dancer and is part of the group Inner City as well as The Belleville Three which includes Derrick May and Juan Atkins.
Kiddy Smile (DJ)
Kiddy Smile is a French DJ and prominent LGBTQ activist. The former fashion designer is heavily involved with the ballroom and voguing scene, taking influences from the popular New York movement and applying it to the Parisian scene.
Kim Chapiron (Director)
Kim Chapiron is a French screenwriter, director and actor. Chapiron’s feature films have been selected for Toronto Film Festival and in 1994 he famously founded a collective alongside Romain Gavras called Kourtrajmé, which has released over 20 short films.
Lasseindra Ninja (Dancer, Mother of House of Ninja)
Lasseindra Ninja is the founder and mother of Paris’ House Of Ninja. She is one of the staples of the ballroom and voguing scene in the French capital and is seen as one of the driving forces in its popularity.
Laylow is a French rapper who rose to prominence with records such as ‘Mercy’ and ‘Digitalova’. The artist lived in France during his early years before spending time in both Tunisia and the Ivory Coast. He is also part of a duo with Sir'Klo and is famed for his unique and enigmatic rapping style.
Lorenzo Lacchesi (Maison Close Records co-founder)
Lorenzo Lacchesi is the label manager and co-founder of Parisian techno imprint Maison Close Records. He DJs under the name Lacchesi and has been putting on events in France and playing all over Europe for many years.
Louise Chen (DJ)
Louise Chen is a Parisian DJ who founded the Girls Girls Girls party in 2012. She is heavily linked the fashion world and has played at events for Dior and Victoria Beckham's Reebok collaboration as well as DJing regularly all over Europe.
Mathilda Meerschart (Co-founder of Possession party)
Mathilda is one of the co-founders of Possession and Flash Cocotte, two party series set up in Paris that cater for all genders, races and offers up progressive and inclusive spaces to dance. The predominantly techno party has invited guests such as Dax J and I Hate Models.
Mr Fifou (Visual Artist)
Hailing from France, Mr Fifou is a renowned visual artist that has mastered the concept and creation of music artwork. He has created and shot over 600 album covers for many of France’s main musical figures and has worked with Snoop Dogg and Master Gims.
Quentin Lepoutre aka Myd is a French DJ who is now part of the Ed Banger roster. He is part of the electronic group Club Cheval which also includes Canblaster, Panteros666 and Sam Tiba. Formerly a member of the Bromance Records family, Lepoutre has now released three EPs via Ed Banger Records, including his most recent offering, ‘Superdiscoteca’.
Rag (Wet for Me founder)
Rag is the founder and resident of Barbi(e)turix and also Wet For Me, one of France’s biggest and most popular queer and lesbian events. She plays a mix of deep and minimal house and has appeared all over Europe alongside acts like Peaches and Kim Ann Foxm
Salif Lasource (Dancer)
Salif Lasource is a hip hop dancer and street performer who shot to fame last year when a viral video of him moonwalking in Paris exploded worldwide and was eventually shared by the likes of Lebron James and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
Sina is a DJ, producer and co-founder of the art-collective Subtyl. Subtyl was founded in 2011 and they are dedicated to putting on events in unique locations like air hangars, warehouses and cinemas. They have been praised for their approach towards partying and Sina has been at the forefront of this movement.