Manoo began his career in 1995 in Lyon during a time where the musical culture included a wide range of styles: Hip-hop (De La Soul, A Tribe called Quest), Afro-Beat (Fela Kuti) and more specifically House music. He built himself a strong reputation as a Dj , and more precisely for his capacity to dig out hot and exclusive tracks. In 1996 he became resident of the Ambassade which regularly hosted many famous DJs. Manoo got the opportunity to heat the crowd for stars such as David Morales, Kerri Chandler, Todd Terry, Little Louie Vega, Dimitri from Paris and Saint Germaine. Today Manoo is one of the greatest talents and a rising stars of the French House community. His music has crossed international borders while racking up travel miles playing at festivals like Suncebeat, and venues like Djoon. We caught up with him to chat about his passion for music. Here’s how it went down.
We see you are coming to play West Coast Weekender! Is this your first time in California?
Yes, it's my first Time in California and very honored to be part of the WCW experience.
Whats your background, and how did you get involved in music?
Since i was a toddler I was surrounded by music. Mostly because of my Father. He was a huge influence in my music education. He used to play a lot of different genres from Blues to Salsa and of course African music. I've learned a lot by following my dad on his musical journey and then my oldest brother until I was able to create my own style by mixing in small local parties in my neighborhood clubs. But then I discovered the beautiful world of producing. - laughs -
I have to ask. Afro House vs Afro Tech. The landscape seems to have shifted once again. What are your thoughts on it?
Its a way to name something for the masses. Its just house music with afro elements which include techy sounds. Joe Claussell & Ron Trent .. to name a few already did afro house in the 90’s. but it was simply called just - HOUSE.