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Ahead of his London debut at Shut The Front Door, alongside Ronika, Darius and Tobtok, we grabbed a quick chat with horizontal disco merchant, Zimmer.

The Parisian has been gaining praise and fans ever since 2011’s ‘Cruisin‘ appeared on almost every disco mixtape on Soundcloud and found a home on Portugal’s premier disco imprint, DISCOTEXAS.

Growing up between France and California, Zimmer’s music is a heady combination of both worlds: the west coast’s carefree attitude with a twist of parisian chic.

Hello Zimmer, where are you today?
I’m on a plane flying back from Hong Kong where I just finished my Asia tour.

And the weather?
Hong Kong was warm, sunny but with a bit of fog. I’m sure Paris will be grey and rainy.

You’ve called both Paris and LA home – do you ever feel torn musically between the two?
Yes in a way. I haven’t lived in LA for a while and I really miss its vibe. I’m actually going to be living there for a little while in early 2015.

You’ve just released ‘Sensify Me’ via Roche Music – can you tell us a little bit about it, when did you make it, how did KLP end up on the track?
It all started 2 years ago when my friend Moon Boots was over at my place. We were jamming and I transformed what we did then into the track. My buddy Crayon had just released a track with KLP back then, he’s the one that introduced me to her.

What’s the best thing about LA life?
The weather, the laidback vibe and the palm trees.

And the worst?
The fact that the city is so spread out and clubs closing at 2am.

What you’ve got planned for the rest of the year and into next year, an album, maybe?
I’ve got a lot of material done, we are still debating what to do. Probably another single before the end of the year, and hopefully a full original EP shortly after. I’m starting to think about doing an album but that’s still a bit early.

Who got you into dance music, was it love at first sight or by accident?
Love at first sight. Back in my home town there was this festival next to the lake with a big DJ playing. I was 16 and fell in love with the energy and the way people connected together trough the music.

What was the last album you bought?
Para One’s club album.

Did you like it?
Yes !

France has always been an epicentre for forward-thinking music – do you think we’re in the midst of another revival thanks in part to Roche, Daft Punk, Gesa etc?
I honestly do think Roche has the potential to bring France back to the forefront of house music, with a sound that is very new and unique. Just like Daft Punk at the end of last century and Ed Banger in the last decade.

If your studio was on fire and you could go back and save one thing – what would it be and why?
My laptop. My computer is pretty much my studio. If talking about synths probably the Korg M1, which is what I use the most.

What should we expect at Shut the Front Door on October 17?
Slow house, piano house, disco, a lot of Roche Musique and some news tracks from me I’m finishing.

Shut The Front door takes place this Friday (October 17) at Brixton Jamm.

Brixton Jamm
261 Brixton Rd, London SW9 6LH


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Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.