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Poll 2021: Florian Picasso

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From: France/Vietnam


Florian Picasso took livestreaming to the next level last year. He’s the great-grandson of the artist, Picasso, and used his relative’s mansion — Villa La Californie — as the backdrop for a 3D mapped extravaganza. 2021 was no different, and he started off the year by fusing his family’s creative background with music once more — this time, playing an exclusive set at Picasso’s workshop in Cannes, while French painter and graffiti artist Cyril Kongo created live art. 

It’s no wonder the DJ and producer thinks outside the box for his self-produced shows. Pre-Covid, he regularly played on stages known for their huge levels of production, including Tomorrowland and Ultra Music Festival. He promised to put out more music in 2021, and fans weren’t disappointed when the emotive ‘Get Away’ was released this March, on Martin Garrix’s STMPD RCRDS imprint.
 

How was your first gig back after lockdown? 

“Amazing! One of the best clubs in the world, Amnesia in Cap D'agde, in my home country in August... couldn't have wished for a better return.”


How have the last 18 months changed how you view your work/life balance? 

“It changed my perspective on a lot of things — more importantly, there is no time like the present.”


What further steps should the industry take to combat climate change? 

“We can all help with small efforts every day, it's solidarity that is needed here.”


What’s the best bit of tech you’ve added to your studio or DJ set-up this year? 

“Completely renewed my home studio in Geneva.”

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2021-10-06 09:01

Style: 
“Hybrid.”
Best known for: 
“Innovative sounds.”
Tune of the year: 
“Tiësto ‘The Business’.”

Poll 2020: Florian Picasso

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The highlight of this year for Florian Picasso was without a doubt the show he performed at Villa La Californie, which is the old Picasso mansion that the iconic artist lived in and made his art. “My mom inherited the estate and I felt like it was a great concept to do a live stream show,” he reveals. Using mapping and some tricky special FX, it was definitely a unique way to pay tribute to his great-grandfather. “The pressure was high and three people resigned during the preparation of the show. But in the end, it turned out great,” he explains about the lengthy planning process. 
 
Although Florian had a lot of music ready to go this year, he made the decision to put it all on hold till next year. “I felt like it wasn’t the right time to release it yet,” he explains from his south of France abode. During lockdown, Florian reconnected with his inner self by trying yoga and meditation and worked on a new solo show that for the time being he's keeping hush-hush. 
 
 
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown? 
 
“Whisky, my music studio, my home gym.”
 
 
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis? 
 
“In times like these, you see the true colours of the industry, who’s fighting for your project and who’s not anymore.”
 
 
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
 
“Education.”
 
 
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive? 
 
“Music festivals should lower their prices, schools should build a specific program for electronic music.”
 
 
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time? 
 
“Eric Prydz 'Pjanoo'.”

 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 09:38

Poll 2019: Florian Picasso

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In what seems to be something of a trend amongst many of our Top 100 DJs this year, electro, prog and bass man, Florian Picasso toured less and worked more on music over the last 12 months. He says it’s made him happy and given him focus, and that spending time in a studio working on music in Los Angeles has been a real highlight. 

“My favourite release was ‘But Us’ together with Echosmith on STMPD,” says Picasso, who was adopted by Marina Picasso, a granddaughter of the celebrated artist Pablo. “I want to head towards new heights, I want to be a style bender!” 

That release came on STMPD RCRDS and follows big tunes on Spinnin’ Records with the likes of Nicky Romero and Laidback Luke, and headline gigs on gigantic stages at Ultra Music Festival and Tomorrowland. 

Next year, the DJ and producer’s mission to take over the world continues with “crossover singles and great new collabs” that will likely open him up to an even bigger global fanbase.

 

Do you submit your DJ setlists to the relevant royalties collecting society?

“Yes.” 

What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?

“I think every DJ/producer that is touring and is under a lot of pressure should see a therapist, it should be mandatory from the management team.” 

Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?

“Not really…” 

What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?

“Donated to charity and trying to use recycled items that I use on a daily basis.” 

What’s your guilty pleasure?

“Swiss cheese fondue.” 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-17 11:28

Style: 
“Hybrid.”
Best known for: 
“Innovative sounds.”
Tune of the year: 
“Billie Ellish ‘Bad Guy’.”

Poll 2018: Florian Picasso

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From: France
DJ style: “Versatile.”
Best known for: “Collabs with Garrix, Aoki, Romero and breakthrough single ‘Origami’.”
Fave tune of 2018: “King Princess ‘1950’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Gryffin.”

Not unlike fellow countryman David Guetta, Florian Picasso is a solitary French iris amongst the populous Dutch tulip field that is the EDM scene. However, he’s had little trouble building allegiances with his compatriots from the Netherlands. He’s delivered a swift stream of studio collaborations with the likes of Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero and Laidback Luke over the years, with regular releases on Protocol, Spinnin’, Mixmash and beyond.

This was something that wasn’t lost on fans this year, though it’s been a rather quiet period for Florian, beginning with an announcement back in February that he’d be taking a lower profile. “This year I paused touring and releasing music to focus on a new project,” he tells DJ Mag. “I moved to LA for the winter season with my team, and I loved it because I learned new approaches to producing music with songwriters and musicians. It was a great experience, and now I’m ready for a big musical comeback!” Keep your eyes peeled for phase two of Florian Picasso, set for 2019.

Words: ANGUS THOMAS PATERSON

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-10 16:00