Harvey Ambomo is a Paris-based fashion event DJ, journalist for Dedicate Magazine & www.Dedicatedigital.com
and founder of lifestyle platform http://www.mtrlst.com
. He has been DJ-ing globally for over 10 years for clients such as Kenzo, Smalto, Nina Ricci, Thierry Lasry, Nicholas Kirkwood, Henrik Vibskov, Bentley, Theheartfund, Breitling, Maserati, Veuve Clicquot and many more.
Tales of a Fashion Event DJ:
How come you ended up DJ-ing fashion events?
I was already DJ-ing in clubs and bars in Paris when friends started to ask me to DJ for fashion events. Paris Fashion Week is a big thing of course with so many events that require DJs. I never set out to be a fashion event DJ specifically, it just happened.
What are the main differences between DJ-ing fashion events and other gigs?
As always it’s all about reading the crowd. For big and important fashion event gigs or gigs related to the Cannes festival it’s different from a typical Paris club gig as guests expect to dance until sunrise!
How do you think Paris differs from other cities in terms of DJ-ing and music?
Paris is the city where everything can happen, just like in NYC. We have the best fashion houses in the world and the best fashion week. We also have qualitative artists/music producers such as Daft Punk, Cassius, Benjamin Diamond, Justice, Brodinski and Gesaffelstein – Parisian musicians are not afraid of being experimental!
What’s your most amazing DJ memory?
I have two – the first one is when I was DJ-ing at the Eiffel tower for the 10th Anniversary of the nomadic & festive party called ‘So Happy In Paris’ hosted by Michael Canitrot, it was amazing!
The other one is when I was spinning in a private villa during Cannes for the afterparty of ‘The Great Beauty’ by Paolo Sorrentino. Around 3 am some guests were in the pool dancing – completely naked…
….and the strangest thing that ever happened to you behind the decks?
One time a girl brought me flowers and a magnum of Dom Perignon and said I was the best fashion event DJ ever. It was a bit odd! But nice I guess.
What’s important to think about for someone booking a fashion event DJ?
As it might be in a venue that doesn’t have the standard DJ equipment set up it’s really important to make sure this all gets delivered on time – especially during fashion week when everything is crazy busy and get delayed. Secondly of course information about the crowd and the vibe of the show or collection.
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