House music is thriving in France once again, with clubs popping up all over the nation and a new generation of artists coming through to spread the French house feeling around the world. One of the nation’s most exciting breakthrough French artists is Mr KS (AKA Jean-Pierre Baroni), a producer and DJ from the south of France who announced his arrival on the world stage with a debut EP on ( djebali ) presents. In the three years since that release he has continued to impress, with several more EPs and an increasingly busy tour schedule.
As a youngster Mr KS was inspired by that timeless Chicago sound, from rough ghetto house through to the deeper sounds that flowed out of the house mecca. Names like DJ Deeon and Gemini were responsible for turning him on to house production in those early stages. Years later it was to be artists from his home nation who kept the fire burning; Apollonia, Djebali, Point G – Frenchies who represent only the very best in contemporary house music.
Having started making music in 2006, Jean-Pierre’s big break came with the label owned by one of Paris‘ most exciting talents, Djebali. Mr KS sent some demos to Djebali and before he knew it, his fellow countryman was playing them. What happened next was explained by Djebali in an interview with The Independent newspaper in the UK, „Every time I was playing Mr KS‘ tracks, they were burning the clubs – so I had to release them and that’s why I started this project“, he said of the tracks and his new ( djebali ) presents label.
The vinyl-only release went straight to No.1 on Decks.de with days of its release, picking up plaudits from far and wide and sparking interest in the Frenchman from labels in the UK and across Europe. The deep, dancefloor-orientated cuts had done their work both in the clubs and in the charts – one of the singles even made it onto Mixmag’s top 100 tunes of 2013 chart, quite an achievement for a debut release.
Two more EPs followed in 2014; the huge ‘Making Beats’ on Tsuba, and ‘Da Season’ on Bristol’s Just Jack. Mr KS’ consistency and ability to craft mesmerising, dance floor-foucsed house grooves is evident in every one of his releases, this is a man who understands how to make people dance. Remixes of Laura Jones’ classic ‘Love In Me’ for Leftroom and Ralph Lawson’s ‘Kings’ for Lost In Time. Hot releases for Music Is Love and On A Mission Records followed in 2015, together with a second release on Tsuba, all receiving widespread support.
In 2016 he joined Air London and took the next natural step in his career, starting his own and repeating the cycle started with his very first release. A home for up and coming talent, Mr KS & Friends launched its first EP with British producer Senzala, a four-track package which included a remix from One Records boss Adam Shelton. Supported by fellow Frenchies Apollonia, the EP demonstrated Monsieur KS’ ability to A&R and champion new talent, in much the same way as Djebali, the man who gave him his big break.
Touring-wise, he has done it all, from club appearances in London, across France and the rest of Europe to bookings at prestigious events such as Carl Cox’s Revolution night at Space in Ibiza and Jardins Suspendus with Luciano in Marseille.
Mr KS brings serious grooves to every aspect of his career, from the studio, to the dance floor to signing new talent to his label. He’s one of a kind and a shining light in the ever-fertile French scene…
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