London based French DJ / Producer, Nicolas Laugier, aka The Reflex, has become recognized in underground dance circles for his ability to rework old pre-digital records with in-depth editing techniques; and without using any sounds other than those on the original track. ‘The Reflex revisions’ have found its way into the likes of Craig Charles and Giles Peterson record and he has quickly become established as one of the best in his field. He’ll bring a fun fueled party vibe to the festivities this Sunday at 2020Vision Day & Night. Listen to one of his famous “revisions” here:
Thanks for taking the time to speak to LWE, we’re really looking forward to seeing you play at the 2020 party on Bank Holiday Sunday, How’ve you been? Busy in the studio we hear?
I’m great, thanks, just mega busy. It’s non-stop at the studio; I’ve just completed remixes for US group Lucius, Rae & Christian, Nautic (Deek Recordings), edits for legendary jazz funk band Cortex + working on remixes for Shuya Okino, Omar and many other revisions for my DJ sets.
In terms of your production techniques, could you give us a bit more of an insight into how you’ve crafted your own sound?
I mainly deal with audio files, my thing is to craft new songs for the dance floor using only the sounds available in the stems or multitracks. It’s not always possible, but I try to add as little as possible, just like the OG guys used to do it back in the day; John Morales, Tee Scott, Francois K etc, but with modern techniques and fresh arrangements. I call my remixes ‘revisions’; essentially it’s a new vision on a track done with the same sounds but with my spin on it.
What have been your biggest influences on helping create the sound of The Reflex?
Really it all comes back to my dad’s turntable when I was a child. My parents didn’t have many records but the sound of that turntable was rich and warm and I guess this is what I try to recreate in my mixes.
The other is Nile Rodgers, who was behind the remix of ‘The Reflex ‘song by Duran Duran and who made it the hit that it became. More for the story and what Nile represents in terms of music than the actual song I have to say, although it made a big impact in my youth. I was really pleased to learn that Nile was very impressed by my remixes and arrangements, especially the Jungle Boogie by Kool & The Gang, September by Earth, Wind & Fire and Bad Luck by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. I can leave this planet tomorrow, my mission on earth is done ! Nile is simply the ultimate musician for me.
What has been your best memory behind the decks?
My best memory is the ‘standing ovation’ I got at the end of my set after playing after Gilles Peterson at Slide in Brixton last year. I didn’t expect that at all.
When you’re not in the studio or DJing, what are we most likely to find you doing?
Cooking for my girlfriend – she loves it !
What sort of set can we expect from you at 2020?
Old and new stuff, work in progress, exclusives mixes from friends and fellow producers… tempo and sequencing wise it will also depend on the vibe once I get there I guess.
Any forthcoming projects you can tell us about?
Yes two official compilations of my revisions and edits in the works; one for Harmless/Demon Music Group and one for Joey Negro’s Z Records. Also quite a few remixes in the pipeline that I can’t talk about yet.
2020Vision: Day & Night
Sunday 25th May
2pm to 6am
35 Monier Road, Hackney Wick, E3 2PR
Day & Night (Courtyard & Main Room)
Ralph Lawson (Day & Night sets)
Room 2 2020Vision vs Loco
Food Stalls: Fleisch Mob & Burger Bear (2pm – late)
Day & Night – £15 to £30 + bf
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And finally, how’s the summer looking, any other gigs you’re looking forward to playing at?
Summer’s looking good, gigs at Lovebox, Amsterdam , Bestival, Greece, Paris… hopefully Ibiza. Now planning for autumn, probably a tour in Asia.