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His name may be synonymous with Madonna name-checking his track ‘Molly’ onstage at Ultra, Miami, but Cedric Gervais is hardly an overnight sensation. Having moved to Miami from Paris in his teens, he’s the poster boy for working your way up through hours spent in the DJ booth. Having been resident at Living Room, Nikki Beach, Crobar and Space, he’s now best known for playing Liv in Miami and Marquee in Las Vegas where you can catch his emphatically-named Sh!t Show party. With his current ‘Cedanie’ single following hot on the heels of ‘Molly’, we locked him down to find out more and ask if his breakthrough track is really as innocent as Madonna claims...

Why did you come up with the name Sh!t Show for your own party? “Because it just means that anything goes and it doesn’t need to make sense. When you come to Liv for a party you will see there are themes for each event but there are no restrictions to that theme, so it’s a Sh!t Show! All my friends are in the DJ booth with me, everybody is wearing crazy costumes and everybody is just having an amazing time, it’s a great party.”

You moved to Miami when you were just 15-years-old and barely spoke English. What motivated you to make such a bold move? “I had just moved to Paris for my residency at the famous Queens club but when I arrived the government had shut all the nightclubs down. A friend of mine who was living in Miami at the time called me and said, ‘Get out of Paris until the authorities have re-opened the clubs and come and check out Miami’. So I discovered and fell in love with this crazy city full of diverse culture, arts, food and music. I got an amazing vibe straight away and could feel that Miami could be an important place for electronic music. It took some time but eventually I got my first residency and never looked back.”

You’ve got residences in Miami and Las Vegas. Which is your favorite and what are the best things about both scenes? Is Vegas really the new Ibiza in your opinion? “They are both different, equally as crazy but in different ways. In Miami I have my friends, it’s my home town and so each party is a big thing for me, and the guys at Liv are like family. The parties they put on rival anywhere else in the world. The crowds in Vegas are always different, there’s obviously a huge amount of tourism, people from out of town, but they are always full-on and always want to have the times of their lives. They’re in Vegas! It’s a different vibe from Ibiza so it’s hard to compare the two, but it’s an adult playground like Ibiza and you can have a lot of fun there.”

You produced a single called ‘Molly’ while Madonna’s album was called ‘MDMA’. Are there really no drug references there? “None, I don’t endorse or take drugs. The funny thing is that ‘Molly’ was the track I was writing in the studio and playing to Madonna for her album and it was one of the tracks she really loved, hence the shout-out at Ultra festival. It’s just one of those things.”

After the success of ‘Cedanie’, what’s next in terms of releases? Can we expect an album anytime soon? “I’m currently concentrating on my singles, I want to release some club records as well as some crossover records. I think there’s a fine balance but I am a DJ and will always release music that I

can play, it’s the reason I write records. We’re also discussing opening up my own label and bringing in some acts that I really want to work with. Perhaps in the future we will look at an album but it’s not in my immediate plans.”

You were actually taken out of school to pursue music but if you hadn’t been, what would you like to have become instead? “I’ve been asked this several times before and I can’t say because all I’ve ever known is being a DJ. If you ask what would I like to have been as a kid, I guess it would be a soccer player as I am from Marseille and I would have liked to have played for my home team.”

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