We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephan M and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephan M, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
It was a natural progression. I have been into music since a young age, I was producing my own radio shows and mixtapes in my bedroom and collecting all the music records I could, until I had the opportunity to DJ for the first of many teenage parties. Eventually a Local radio station signed me for a weekly radio show soon becoming a daily radio show, few years after I ended up on a big national Fm Station named NRJ. National Radio exposure led me to DJ at some of France’s and International most elite venues and events until it was the time to move to USA in the peruse of my “American dream” where soon enough I found myself as the resident DJ at the legendary BASH (Sean Penn and Mick Hucknall’s nightclub) alongside Robbie Rivera, George Acosta and other well acclaimed DJs. The next “logical” step for me was music production, having my tracks released by the biggest dance record labels and included in the most famous compilations all around the world.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is producing and playing music for a crowd like no other DJ/Producer does, been original and surprise the people is a signature of my sets and productions, I don’t play original versions, but remixes made by me or other music producers of songs that people know, love but most importantly people will dance to. The goal is to build an entire music experience around popular songs old or new by playing or producing remakes to give them a fresh, modern and surprising sound. Happy, groovy and sexy music That makes you feel good and put a smile on your face.
As any other artist It takes years to go through every step, from local spots to the international ones, from producing music for your own sets to have other DJs from all over playing them as well therefore establishing your name internationally in the music industry. Is not easy and there will always be challenges in the process but while there’s passion, discipline and dedication there will be success at the end.
Over the years, I’ve been releasing music on some of the House music’s biggest labels such as infamous Swedish label Joia/Nero/Universal, Ministry of Sound, Erick Morillo’s Subliminal, EDX’s PinkStar, Cedric Gervais’s “Sleaze”, Bob Sinclar’s Yellow Productions , Crazibiza’s Pornosrtar Records, Hit Music (a division of Sony Corp.) just to name some.
I have had many releases in the Top 10 charts through the years, the most recent ones were in 2020, when my tracks hit the top charts on BEATPORT with “ Power of Love,” Easy Lover” and “ What a feeling “, collaboration with my longtime friend and studio partner Laurent Simeca, remaining in the Top 10 charts for many weeks.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Start the day eating the best French toast at Front Porch Café on ocean drive then walk around along the ocean all the way to South point, lunch at The Standard and spend the afternoon at Key Biscayne beach followed by a walk around Wynwood Art District.
Spend a day in Islamorada little over an hour driving, feel disconnected from the craziness of the City.
Dinner at Ch’I on Wednesday night, a new cool spot inside Brickell City Center mall.
From Thursday to Saturday come experience a one-of-a-kind dinner party at Villa Azur where you’ll catch me behind the decks with a live Sax player.
Eating at Semilla on Alton Road in South beach is a must, great local Restaurant owned by a friend of mine, Michelin star chef Frederic Joulin. And save some time to grab a drink and enjoy the stunning Brickell view from Area 31 .
There are so many cool spots to eat or just grab a drink with great views all around Miami, endless options!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutouts goes to the people that trusted me since my arrival to Miami in 1995 to the present, Eric Omores from Bash, Tim Hogle from Tantra, Lucia and jack Penrod from Nikki Beach and since 2012 Jean Philippe Bernard, Michael Martin and Paul Breuza for trusting me building the unique sound of Villa Azur franchises. My mam for always believe and supporting any of my move and choices I ever made, my wife, my best friend and studio partner Laurent Simeca and all my talented DJs friends here or around the world..
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1mK6WNE1shNBJ5XovTbBiX?si=seAdIkuWQ668tfjykD4fJg Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/stephanm Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/StephanM/
Pictures by Alexey Olivenko ( IG : olivenko )