Laurent Garnier Jacques Cartier Pier, Montréal QC, January 27
Published Jan 28, 2017As soon as he hit the stage, Laurent Garnier launched into abstract house techno with industrial undertones. Deploying his arsenal of machine-driven beats with professionalism and know-how, the legendary DJ and producer set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Known for his eclectic mixes as well as his minimal productions, Garnier prepared a set custom-made for the headlining stages of festivals. Indeed, the fist-pumping crowd that amassed on the Jacques-Cartier dock cheered every song, completely ignoring the cold wind and the snow. This was the Laurent Garnier they came to hear.
Keeping a steady pace through his two-hour performance, the DJ's set is powerful, almost violent at times. The aggressive drums and relentless bass common in deep house are pushed a nudge further, managing to keep the rowdy crowd engaged, but also sacrificing a certain fragility present in some of the more open-minded mixes featured on his radio show.