Between April 24-26, BUDX and Mixmag headed to La Marbrerie in Paris for the inaugural event in our global series.
We had a wide range of panels, masterclasses and parties across three days and if you weren't there to experience the magic for yourself, then never fear, we've got you covered.
We recorded some of the best DJ sets from the event and it's time we served them up for your viewing pleasure.
Catch up on all the BUDX Paris DJ sets below.
Busy P b2b Myd
When you talk about dance music in France, you can't not talk about Ed Banger, it's simply impossible. The Parisian powerhouse has been responsible for some of the most recognizable tracks of the last decade and at the helm of the operation is the inimitable Pedro Winter aka Busy P. Everyone's favourite long-haired label boss has brought through everyone from Daft Punk to Justice to Breakbot and his latest protege is former Bromance affiliate and producer Myd. For this very special b2b set, the pair intertwined new heaters like Myd's 'Superdiscoteca' with bonafide classics like Mr Oizo's 'Positif' and 'Blue Monday' by New Order. Simply parfait.
The king of pumping, emotional and damn right trippy house and techno, former cover star Maceo Plex has been maintaining his status as one of the most popular DJs on the planet for quite some time now. The Ellum records boss is no stranger to the dizzying lights of the main stage either, with regular appearances at parties like Time Warp, Awakenings and his own residency at Pacha in Ibiza called Mosiac. This is what makes his BUDX Paris performance so special as he swaps the big room for a more intimate setting. That being said, he didn't turn down the pressure and he applies the same high-octane mixing and track selection to this session.
Although he may not be a household name within the circuit, Madben aka Benjamin Leclerc has been honing his craft for nearly 20 years and has been a regular at the legendary Rex Club in Paris. His stylistic take on techno brings a more ethereal spacey slant to the sound of the Motor City and his set at BUDX Paris is a perfect introduction to his urgent sound. One for the heads.
Louise Chen is one of our favourite radio selectors and her DJ sets showcase a bumping mix of house and disco and groove is always in abundance. Chen holds residencies on Rinse France, NTS and often appears on The Lot Radio in New York. Having set up the Girls Girls Girls parties back in 2012, the Parisian DJ knows what to play to get a dancefloor moving and when she's not performing at some of the best clubs around the world, she's a regular on the fashion circuit, playing for the likes of Dior and Victoria Beckham. If you want to get your house on, this is the set for you.
We had Kevin Saunderson, one of the true originators of techno, talk on a panel during the daytime sessions about the connection between Detroit and Paris. With that, it felt only right that the pioneer gave us a masterclass later that evening in the form of a high-octane DJ set. Seeing Kevin take control of La Marbrerie was a sight to behold as The Elevator navigated through house and techno, new and old, with a technical proficiency like no other. If you want to see the man who helped start it all in action, then this is a great place to begin.
Dinos has carved a domain of his own in the realm of rap music. His flowing, yet punctuated prose feels deliberately sensitive at times, while at other times commanding with an air of morose darkness. His story and lyricism illuminates to the subtle nuances of his experience, being a Cameroon-national who immigrated to France at the age of four. His track production ranges from traditional instrumentals, to progressive downtempo trap styles, to even authentic R&B support (with a little autotune tossed in for good measure). In this Parisian set for BUDX & Mixmag, Dinos showcases the wonderfully emotive and variable scope of his tone
Any label releasing strictly on vinyl holds a special place on the floor. It’s often the best place to listen and engage with their productions, and rightly so. In this case, the residents of Parisian label D.KO graced the decks at our Paris showcase with BUDX and did not disappoint. Their instrumentally-driven disco house kept everyone movin’ and groovin’ with a free-wheeling ease. It was a pleasure to host them, capture their set, and to now share with you. Enjoy.