2016 is shaping up to be a big year for Ludovic Navarre, also known as St. Germain. The renowned “French Touch” pioneer starts the year at a new peak on the CMJ Radio 200 – #27 – and also sits at #4 on both the New World and RPM charts. In addition, it’s just been announced that he’ll be making his way to the US for some tour dates including a high-profile appearance at Coachella.
Yet it took a long time for Navarre to complete St. Germain, the self-titled follow-up to 2000’s Tourist that is currently getting rave reviews from outlets around the world. In a recent interview with All About Jazz, Navarre explained that he had originally begun following up Tourist with an album that was sounding too musically similar to its predecessor. “As I didn’t want to repeat myself,” he told the magazine, “I wiped out everything” and began painstakingly researching African music from around the continent. Read the interview to learn all about St. Germain’s process, his collaborations with musicians around the world, and the way that he blends jazz with Deep House to create a music all his own. The whole thing is here.