Music producer and DJ Jacques Renault may agree thatdisco sucks, but as a major player in today's nu-disco scene, he'smaking sure the music lives on. "Ninety percent of disco is bad," saysthe 28-year-old. "One percent is perfect, and that last nine percent iswhat I'm really interested in." Avoiding cringe-worthy tunes like thosefrom the Village People, nu-disco producers like Renault are carefullyselecting the best sounds from the '70s and remixing them with a darker,sexier flavor.
Renault fell in love with the disco sound in 2001 whileworking in sales at the legendary Gramaphone Records in Chicago. Nowliving in the Big Apple, his mission is to have his own label and to getNew Yorkers dancing again like they did way back in the "old" discodays. He's certainly making headway at his popular weekly event, I.S.S.at the Tribeca Grand, with partner DJs Speculator and Kklovenhoof. "Itfeels great to see people who are going to other big parties in New Yorknow coming to our night. It's hard to find a real dance party in NewYork."
Renault is also spreading the nu-disco joy beyond the boroughs.His recent single "Runaway" (released on Wurst Edits Records withsometime musical partner producer/DJ Marcos Cabral) sold out its900-record vinyl print run. Meanwhile, his previous single "Workin'"(released on Prince Language's label, Editions Disco) was spun bybigwigs like LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and DFA's Tim Sweeney.Listen for Jacques's upcoming tag-team Rapture remix with DJ James"F!@#$%^" Friedman. Or just catch his Viva Radio (American Apparel'sradio station) show Runaway Disco. This Brooklyn resident is also takinghis funky beats on European tour this spring. But what comes next forthe DJ if the nu-disco craze meets the same fate as its ancestor? "I'mjust interested to see how big it gets, but everything turns intosomething else," says Renault. "I'm ready."
Jacqueswears a T-shirt by Dave Denis.