The Independent London Newspaper
25th March 2019

Rock and Pop: Interview with French House DJ Kavinsky

    Enigmatic DJ Kavinsky says he is happy to be represented by a cartoon image

    Published: 05 August 2010

    SEARCH for French house DJ Kavinsky online and you’ll find thousands of results – but interviews with the elusive artist are rare.

    Not that this was a stumbling block for Grooves – we managed to pin down this mysterious musician for an exclusive chat about his forthcoming appearance at Koko and his zombie alter-ego.

    The story goes that Kavinsky died when his Ferarri Testarossa crashed in 1986. His resurrection as a zombie nine years later began his house music career.

    But behind this persona – a creation of a mind obsessed with animation, B-movies, comics and their soundtracks – is a shy man, who doesn’t like his face in the Press.

    Don’t let his mad enthusiasm for life, his talk of owning a Testarossa or the fact that he speaks at a million miles a second fool you. 

    In real life, Kavinsky has simple tastes. He says: “I don’t want a Testarossa. It’s too expensive – not even for the car, just for the gas, it’s too crazy to move the 500 metres I do each day. It’s not very useful. I have a Vespa. It’s night blue. I’m very simple.”

    The zombie story was more a product of an overactive imagination and a life spent watching movies than real-life experiences.

    Kavinsky says: “I never actually had an accident, it’s just a story I imagined. I don’t want to put myself on magazines or internet blogs. I’m not a big fan of when you present an artist and put his face between his music.”

    Images of Kavinsky are rare, Press pics are comic-style drawings – he prefers listeners to pay attention to his music.

    “It’s not my style,” Kavinsky says. “That’s why I want to create a character, to not be that kind of stupid thing that I really don’t like.”

    The scant portrait is that he was born Vincent Belorgey in 1975, in a suburb outside Paris, and has two siblings. At school he was the outsider, gave his teachers a bit of trouble and loved computer games. 

    He says: “I used to do a lot of it when I was 15. I’d spend three days with windows closed, no eating, just playing. I’d be like a very crazy man. Now I’m finished. I just go out with my friends.”

    Kavinsky plays Koko (August 14) at The Playground, alongside Kap Bambino, Autokratz, Is Tropical, TeenagersinTokyo, Punx Soundcheck and Rubicks.

    And he’s just finishing his first album.

    Kavinsky says: “I’m never satisfied. I’m fed up. The worst is the end. I dream about these last minutes when I can say it’s finished. I’m trying to do an album which is like a soundtrack for a fake movie which doesn’t exist. Each track is like a movie, a story about the zombie.”

    He recently toured with Daft Punk. “What I learned from them is modesty, just seeing how famous they are and how modest they are at the same time. They are completely not divas, very talented. The two most great people I’ve met for now.”

    Kavinsky adds: “I’m happy to come back to London and I’m quite curious to see Koko.”


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