Wednesday, 27 April 2011


It doesn't get more gay and fabulous than this: internationally-renowned Montreal deejay Stephan Grondin is opening for dance diva Kylie Minogue's Aphrodite Live Tour at Montreal's Bell Centre on April 28. One thing for sure is with all the dancefloor divas in the house that night, no one will remain seated for long. "This is not about playing a deejay set," says Grondin, who regularly spins at clubs and festivals across Europe and the Americas. "This is about pleasing the crowds and preparing the show for Kylie."

Stephan Grondin

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)
But after all these years behind the turntable, Grondin - like most old-school deejays - still isn't used to crowds looking at him onstage like he's some rock star performing at a concert. Like me, Grondin's idea of spinning is having a deejay booth like the one in the 1978 film Thank God It's Friday (that film starred Donna Summer who'd go on to win an Oscar for best song for her soundtrack hit Last Dance). The real star of the show, of course, is the energy the audience brings to the dancefloor and a deejay's ability to work that energy.

"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."

1 comment:

  1. I love Stephan Grondin. He always BRINGS IT!
    Lots of love from Toronto.