DT690 – The Reflex
Some call him ‘the wizard’; Noel Gallagher says he’s a genius; some of his devoted YouTube fanbase even call him ‘God’! By taking remixing and audio editing to new heights. The Reflex has captured the world’s attention and built an impressive army of fans along the way. These include Barack Obama and legendary ‘Thriller’ and ‘Rock With You’ songwriter Rod Temperton.
More than an edit, it’s The Reflex Revision: a motto that describes accurately the expert craftsmanship involved in turning stems into brand new, fresh-sounding versions. With privileged access to original multitrack, a unique attention to detail and mixing skills to make vintage recordings sound like no other, The Reflex extracts the funkiest elements and puts the musicality to the fore while building his own groove in a way that only he can. While some are remixing from the outside in, layering house beats over disco classics, The Reflex does it the hard way, combining creativity and functionality with results that are often nothing short of spectacular.
With 50+ official remixes under his belt for the biggest names in the industry, The Reflex’s output is in demand. Whether he’s sound tracking Karl Lagerfeld’s make up range or genre-hopping through Karl Lagerfeld web campaign featuring Blondie ‘Rapture’ [The Reflex Revision] the decades and styles with ease, The Re ex has become the remixer most played on BBC6 Music (courtesy of long time supporter Craig Charles), and his acclaimed ‘Mastertapes’ mix series has been picked up by Rinse FM for monthly broadcasts.
London based since 1998, French native Nicolas Laugier’s story is one of determination, drive and ambition. Hailing from a humble working-class background and after many years of hardship, Nicolas gambled his few savings on a professional music career nine years ago at the age of 36, with no plan B: no easy feat to achieve these days.
As a DJ, The Reflex sets are a proper energy-packed workout, full of unreleased material (his own and from his trusted network), often playing the big disco tunes well ahead of everyone else.
Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
My own Multitrack remixes mixed live one take no rekordbox.
What’s your personal favourite track on it?
My revision of Idris Muhammad ‘Could Heaven Ever Be Like This’ which was a LOT of work.. actually the version on this mix is still not the final one!
What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
The fact that I’m able to do a whole mix of multitrack remixes done by myself these days is very special to me.
What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
I played in Paris for the launch of Cerrone’s new album in February and that was a pretty cool gig.
What have you got coming up?
Well, gig wise everything has been cancelled or rescheduled like the Brixton Disco Festival which will now take place on October 10th.
Remix wise I have official remixes lined up for Róisin Murphy, Noel Gallagher, Roxy Music, Kid Creole & The Coconuts and a vol.2 of my Salsoul revisions, amongst other things.
And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Keep safe, be kind to your neighbours and wash your hands!
Jean Carn - Give It Up [The Reflex Revision] EXCLUSIVE Mandrill - Ape’s Back In Town [The Reflex Funky Monkey’s Dub] Peppermint Jam out end April Brick - Good High [The Reflex Revision] Short version out now on 7" The Spinners - I’ll Be Around [The Reflex Revision 2020] EXCLUSIVE next 12” mid April Double Exposure - My Love Is Free [The Reflex Revision] Salsoul / BMG out end of April Barry Manilow - Copacabana [The Reflex Revision 2020] EXCLUSIVE next 12” mid April Instant Funk - I Got My Mind Made Up [The Reflex Revision] Salsoul / BMG out end of April Idris Muhammad - Could Heaven Ever Be Like This [The Reflex Revision] Modern Romance - Can U Move [The Reflex Revision] EXCLUSIVE Rafael Cameron - All That’s Good To Me [The Reflex Revision] Heatwave - Boogie Nights [The Reflex Revision] EXCLUSIVE