Fall in Love Again With Cedric Gervais

Only a massive venue like Marquee is worthy of his big-room sounds

Gervais at Marquee in February. | Photo by Tony Tran

Gervais at Marquee in February. | Photo by Tony Tran

Miami-based DJ Cedric Gervais came to prominence in Las Vegas after topping the charts with his remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness,” then winning a Grammy in 2014. Over the past couple of years, he’s released hit after hit with remixes of “Young and Beautiful” (another Del Rey track) and Miley Cyrus’ “Adore You.” His most recent original work, “Love Again,” follows suit, getting airtime over radio waves across the country. The handsome Frenchman plays Marquee on April 25 and will return throughout the summer. As if the desert needed more heat …

The recent Miami Music Week was a big one for you. Did you get to choose everyone on the lineup for your “My House” party?

Yeah, I choose. The pool party was all my friends: People like Nervo, Tom Staar. I enjoy their music and play their music in my sets. Chris Lake, who opened, is a friend of mine as well. I closed the stage at Ultra, so that was pretty crazy.

What’s the most special thing that’s happened to you on the road?

When I performed in New Zealand, there was a party of 5,000 people. I thought I was walking into a festival, so I asked the promoters, “Who else is playing at this party?” And he’s like, “It’s your party.” And I only had two songs on the radio for that past year. I turned the music down, and the whole crowd was singing. I’m on the other side of the world in New Zealand, and it hit me: Wow, this is insane.

What’s your favorite part about visiting new places?

You explore the world. I do a job that not a lot of people can do, you know? You’d think you’re going to get tired, but you never get tired. You’re always in a different country, meeting different people. It’s amazing.

Do you have any special rituals when you go to work in the studio?

No, I have to get my ass in there, that’s what I have to do. Which is hard in Miami, because I have the sun and the beach. But I have no ritual. If it’s a remix or an original, it can start a different way. But there’s one thing that I impose on the engineers: Put the phones away, because you get distracted.

What type of music do you listen to when you’re not working?

Rock ’n’ roll. I listen to Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, Nirvana, Soundgarden.

cedric_gervais_no_credit_WEBWhat’s your go-to track to rock the dance floor?

In my sets, it’s my song “Love Again.” It’s starting to do very well on the radio, so when I drop the record, the crowd gets hyped up and starts singing it. I look forward to playing that song in my set.

Why did you choose to go with Marquee for your residency this year?

I like the club very much. To me, it’s a very well-designed club for DJs. The vibe, the lighting, the sound. And I love the family—it’s like a family. Jason [Strauss] and the whole Marquee team are very nice to me.

Other than the music, what’s your favorite part of the production there?

It’s a show every night. There’s always something happening during my set. There’s the choreographed dancers coming out of this big LED wall, the light guy is on point, the stage manager is on point. I don’t have to worry about anything. The people in charge of the cryo and the confetti blasts are doing it at the right time during the right songs at the right moments.

What’s your favorite part about coming to Vegas, other than playing your shows?

The restaurants. [Vegas] has the top restaurants in the world. I love to eat on Sundays when I play there, because Sunday is my cheat day. The Cosmo has amazing restaurants; from Milos to STK and Scarpetta—which is one of my favorites.

So what’s your favorite dish?

The best spaghetti tomato sauce in the world, to me, is at Scarpetta. And the duck foie gras ravioli is insane. You have to try it. It’s amazing.

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