Grondin adds, "Actually, this is kind of surreal because I remember playing Kylie's first single Locomotion back in 1987 when I started deejaying."
Grondin learned to play piano and percussion as a kid, then began working as a nightclub deejay at the ripe old age of 17 when he got his very first residency! Now 43, Grondin has monthly residencies around the globe, at nightclubs like Splash in NYC and Stereo in Montreal. He's a regular on the Pride circuit, has spun at Black & Blue eight consecutive times, and has upcoming gigs at Guvernment in Toronto (May 6), the Blackcherry Club in Guadalajara, Mexico (May 21), the Megga Club in Sao Paulo (June 25) and the Paradise Festival in Hawaii (May 14). "Each club has a different sound," Grondin explains.
|Kylie! (Photo via Wikipedia)|
"I'm old-school too," Grondin says. "I don't know what to make of this [people looking at deejays like they're at a concert] because the music is more important than the deejay. Some deejays like to put on a show, but when the deejay becomes bigger than the music something is wrong."
Grondin's manager Marc Theriault is also his spouse (they've been married three years and been together 12, which is practically a century in straight years!), and while Grondin doesn't make any distinctions about who he likes to play for - gay or straight - there is one undeniable truth. "Gays are always on the lookout for the next big thing," Grondin says. "They're always ahead of the curve."