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Also known as  Choice, DJ Pedro
Spouse  Delia Garnier
Name  Laurent Garnier
Years active  1986-present
Genres  Electronica, house

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Born  1 February 1966 (age 49) (1966-02-01)
Origin  Boulogne-sur-Seine, France
Labels  F Communications Mute Records
Role  Music Producer ·
Music group  Boulevard des Airs (Since 2004)
Albums  La HOME Box, Tales of a Kleptomaniac, Excess Luggage, The Cloud Making Machine, Shot in the Dark

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Laurent Garnier (born 1 February 1966 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France), also known as Choice, is a French electronic music producer and DJ. Garnier began DJ-ing in Manchester during the late 1980s. By the following decade, he had a broad stylistic range, able to span deep house, Detroit techno, trance and jazz. He added production work to his schedule in the early 1990s, and recorded several albums.


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Early influences

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In 1984, Garnier started working as a waiter for the French Embassy in London. He started to play with Dj Nelson a.k.a. Dj Stan in French club. Then, he stayed there for a year and a half before moving to Manchester in 1986. Living in England he discovered the booming UK house scene and started DJing.


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In 1987, he discovered The Haçienda in Manchester, and met Mike Pickering the resident DJ. Chicago house and Detroit techno became popular, and Garnier started mixing there under the name of DJ Pedro.

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In 1988, he went back to France to fulfill his military obligations. He also spent some time in New York where he met Frankie Knuckles. Garnier shifted his attention back to France in the early 1990s, running the Wake Up parties at the Rex Club in Paris for three years, while in 1992 he played a three-night long Weekender set at the Cork venue, Sir Henry's. He also mixed in clubs such as le Palace or le Boy, DJing in rave parties and gradually moving into recording as well. For the FNAC label, Garnier released "French Connection" and the A Bout de Souffle EP. After that label went out of business, he formed the F Communications label with Eric Morand (a friend who had also worked for FNAC).

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His first album, Shot in the Dark, was released in 1995. His second, 30, appeared in 1997 and included one of Garnier's best selling singles, "Crispy Bacon". 30 was followed by the retrospective Early Works. After appearing worldwide with DJ appearances during the late 1990s, Garnier returned to production with Unreasonable Behaviour, released in early 2000, which featured one of his best known songs, "The Man with the Red Face".


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  • Shot in the Dark (1994), F Communications
  • Raw Works (US only compilation) (1996), Never Recordings
  • 30 (1997), F Communications/PIAS France
  • Unreasonable Behaviour (2000), F Communications
  • Early Works (compilation) (1998), Arcade
  • The Cloud Making Machine (2005), F Communications/PIAS
  • Retrospective 1994 - 2006 (compilation) (2006), F Communications/PIAS (with Håkon Kornstad)
  • Public Outburst (live album) (2007)
  • Tales of a Kleptomaniac (2009), PIAS
  • HOME box (2015), F Communications
  • With Ed Banger Records

  • "Timeless EP" -2012
  • With FNAC Music Dance Division

  • "French Connection" (with Mix Master Doody) - 'as French Connection' (1991)
  • Stronger By Design EP (1992)
  • "Join Hands" (remixes) - (1992)
  • Paris EP - 1993 - as 'Choice' (also published by Fragile Records)
  • A Bout de Souffle EP - (1993) (also published by Warp Records)
  • "For House Music Lovers" - 1993
  • "Lost in Alaska" - 'as Alaska' - 1993
  • Planet House EP - 1993
  • With F Communications

  • Dune (with Pascal Feos) - Alliance EP - 1994
  • "Astral Dreams" - 1994
  • Alaska - Deuxième EP - 1995
  • Club Traxx EP - 1995
  • "The Hoe" - 1996
  • "Crispy Bacon Part 1" - 1997 - UK #60
  • "Crispy Bacon Part 2" - 1997
  • "Flashback" - 1997
  • "Coloured City" - 1998
  • Club Traxx EP Vol 2 - 1998
  • "The Sound of the Big Babou" - 1999
  • "The Man with the Red Face" - 2000 - UK #65
  • "Greed" / "The Man with the Red Face" - 2000 - UK #36
  • "Sambou" - 2002
  • "Returning Back to Sirius" - 'as Alaska' - 2003
  • Marl Chingus (with Ludovic Llorca) - "6 Months Earlier" - 2004
  • "The Cloud Making Machine" (reworks vol 1 & 2) - 2005
  • With Innervisions

  • Back to My Roots EP - 2008
  • DVDs

  • Greed - DVD single - F Communications, Film Office, TDK Mediactive - 2001
  • Live à l'Elysée Montmartre - F communications - 2002
  • Compilations and DJ sessions

  • X-Mix - Destination Planet Dream (Studio !K7 - 1994)
  • Mixmag Live Vol. 19 (1995)
  • Laboratoire Mix (2xCD, React, 1996)
  • Early Works (2xCD, 1998)
  • Fashion TV: Spring - Summer 2001 Collection
  • Classic And Rare : La Collection Chapter 3 (F Communications, 2002)
  • Excess Luggage (3xCD, F Communications, 2003)
  • The Kings Of Techno (Rapster Records, 2006)
  • Mixmag 25 Years Anniversary (2008)
  • References

    Laurent Garnier Wikipedia