ABOUT

FRANÇOIS XAVIER-ZOUMENOU, AKA FRANÇOIS X, IS A DJ AND MUSICIAN FROM PARIS WHO HAS FORGED HIS POSITION AS AN ARTIST OF NOTE IN THE WORLD OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC. CHARACTERIZED BY HIS LOVE FOR WARM, EARTHY AND SWINGING COMPOSITIONS, HE IS AN INDIVIDUAL THAT TAKES THINGS SLOWLY WHILE SPINNING THEM BIG.

FRANÇOIS’ OWN LABEL DEMENT3D, NOTED BY RESIDENT ADVISOR AS A “KEY COG IN THE FRENCH TECHNO RENAISSANCE”, WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2011 AND HAS SERVED AS THE HOME OF HIS LAST FIVE RELEASES, BLENDING HIS INFLUENCES – HOUSE IDM, ELECTRO, TECHNO – INTO SONICALLY ADVENTUROUS STORIES. THERE, HE DISPLAYS HIS TALENT TO TRANSFORM STREAMLINED CLUB MUSIC WITH SUBTLE, DISTURBING ELEMENTS INTO EXCITING AND ABSTRACT JOURNEYS. WITHIN THE LABEL, FRANÇOIS HAS SHOWCASED HIS ABILITY AS AN A&R, RELEASING MATERIAL FROM THE LIKES OF POLAR INERTIA, IN AETERNAM VALE AND VALENTINO MORA, WITH THE LABEL’S OUTPUT SPANNING FROM AMBIENT, TECHNO AND DRONE THROUGH TO ABSTRACT AND LEFTFIELD LANDSCAPES.
HIS DEBUT ALBUM ‘IRREGULAR PASSION’, HAILED BY GROOVE MAGAZIN IN THEIR TOP DEBUT LP’S OF 2017, PROVIDES A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF ZOUMENOU’S ABILITY TO MERGE LAYERS OF EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICA THROUGH TO OFF-KILTER HOUSE AND TECHNO TERRITORIES WITHIN A UNIVERSE IN WHICH HE THRIVES – INTERLACING SENSUAL AND RICH TEXTURES AMONGST DARKER ELEMENTS TO COMPOSE DELICATE PRODUCTIONS THAT SPAN THE WIDTH OF DANCE MUSIC. ALONGSIDE HIS WORK ON THE LABEL, FRANÇOIS HAS ALSO RELEASED MATERIAL ON A NUMBER OF ACCLAIMED IMPRINTS INCLUDING DEEPLY ROOTED (REMIXED BY MARCEL DETTMANN), FABRIC, MDR, SOMA AND POLE GROUP.

CENTERED AROUND A TECHNO APPROACH, ONE CAN FEEL FRANÇOIS’ LOVE FOR MUSICAL GENRES AS HIS DJ SETS DEPICT AND DRAW FROM A WIDER RANGE OF MUSIC, EMBODYING HOUSE, ELECTRO, ACID AND BEYOND. HIS LOVE FOR THE CLUB HAS BROUGHT WITH IT A REPUTATION AS A DEVOTED DJ, HEIGHTENING HIS SONIC PALLET WITH REGULAR SETS AT SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST NOTABLE INSTITUTIONS, FROM EXIT FESTIVAL THROUGH HIS RESIDENCY AT CONCRETE (PARIS), MORE RECENTLY DRUGSTORE ( BELGRADE), NOT TO MENTION BEING ONE OF THE FEW TO PLAY CLOSING SETS AT BOTH BERGHAIN AND PANORAMA BAR.

WHETHER PLAYING ALL-NIGHT-LONG SETS, CURATING NIGHTS OR PERFORMING AUDIO-VISUAL SETS WITHIN HISTORIC VENUES, FRANÇOIS X IS A PERFORMER THAT PROJECTS HIS FEELINGS AND RAW EMOTIONS IN ALL ASPECT OF HIS WORK – AN APPROACH THAT FINDS HIM IN A CONSTANT STATE OF EVOLUTION AS ONE OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC’S MOST CONSISTENTLY REFRESHING ARTISTS.