Brodinski (fr)According to ‘Brodi’, he has the best job in the world.
“I’m a music junkie”, he states. “If I didn’t have music to listen to,
I’d turn out into a real junkie and definitely would get in a lot of
Trying to pinpoint the exact moment when Louis Rogé went from an
aspiring student posing as a weekend turntable warrior to being full
time Brodinski, the freshest thing coming out of France since
Pernod-on-the-rocks, is hard for the 23-year old.“About three years ago I
decided to drop everything else and go one year full throttle, just to
see how far I could take this passion of mine.”
The world wide web and especially MySpace become his biggest allies,
soon Brodinski’s musical prestige spreads like global wildfire. Clinging
himself to a broadband connection like a dog to a new bone, the
self-confessed ‘internet zombie’ manoeuvres himself into the ears and
hearts of future fans and colleagues: “One important turning point came
when Pedro Winter (aka Busy P, Ed Banger-head honcho and one-time Daft
Punk-manager) gave a cd with two of my tracks to Stephen and David
Dewaele from Soulwax/2manydjs. They were impressed, and eventually
invited me to the very first edition of SoulwaX-mas in their hometown
Ghent. It was a dream come true, I looked up to those guys – 2manydjs
were my idols!” From fan to peer in two easy steps, young Louis – still
in his teens – hardly grasps to reality. “They still call me every year
to wish me ‘a happy 16th birthday”, he adds grinningly.
proper release comes in 2007 with Bad Runner, on Mental Groove. Support
from the likes of Soulwax, Tiga, Erol Alkan, A-Trak, Switch and Laurent
Garnier turn the peak time techno bomb into one the sleeper club hits
of said year. Hot on the heels of his debut EP, remix commissions start
barraging the new kid on the block. Louis dabbles with selected output
from Klaxons, DJ Mehdi, Das Pop, The Shoes, Buraka Som Sistema,
Alphabeat and Mixhell, amongst a legion of others. The momentum starts
picking up speed fast now – a second EP, Oblivion on Turbo Recordings,
follows suit. “Go Brodi, go!” say the boys from Radioclit. “Dope shit!”
proclaim Crookers. “It zaps my brain!”, shouts Kanye’s tour-DJ A-Trak.
In the meantime, Louis secured a residency behind the decks of Social
Club, Paris’ most revered night spot, and Bugged Out! commissions a mix
for their acclaimed Suck My Deck-series; an excellent showcase of his
broad taste and razor sharp technique.
Brodi’s newest endeavour is The Best Of Everything, a two-paged love
letter to music delivered in the shape of a free mixtape. On side B, the
natural born DJ delivers a hard-hitting techno set, showing of his
finesse and seemingly effortless flexibility. On side A, however, we
hear him furiously cutting and pasting between hip-hop and old school
rap – this collaboration with his good friend DJ Orgasmic shows a
different side of the so-called techno prodigy. “I love hip-hop, there’s
so much good productions coming out, every day I discover something
It’s not the first time Brodinski teams up with a pal. Peanuts Club was a
joined effort with Noob on Turbo, with Mumdance he locked grooves for
Eurostarr, released on Southern Fried. Together with producer Yuksek he
forms The Krays, who’s We’re Ready When You Are (featuring Ebony Bones)
was one of the first releases on the newly established Abracada imprint.
“I don’t like to work alone”, confesses Louis. “I get bored too easily.
When working together, my head gets fed all the time, new ideas come
flying from all directions. The more projects I’m involved in, the
better! After all, this is my job…”
Go, Brodi, go!