When we last caught up with DJ Gregory Wallon, we were on a non-tourisian voyage in Paris, debating the future of music in the shadow of Paris Fashion Week. Raised on a steady diet of funk, disco, soul and hip hop, Paris’ own has been known to rock crowds everywhere from unforgettable little neighborhood spots (be careful—you might fall in love on the dance floor) to the legendary Rex. The Arcade caught up with Mr. Wallon to nab an intoxicating mix from him, a hearty brew somehow perfect for these hot, hectic days of late summer. Do ya want more, Arcade Players? Read on for Wallon’s song picks for the ultimate summer romance.
What is your inspiration for the A44 podcast?
No inspiration—Just need to find the good first tune, the one with a nice intro. After that, it’s just following instinct and using skills.
Tell us about how you came to make music your life.
Long story… Around 15 I wanted to find a passion. No kidding, I wanted a passion to feed my life. And I knew very soon that I was in love with music, so I started making lots of tapes, recording underground radio shows… The best school ever! So the next step is, ‘How to share this passion with people?’ Simple answer—becoming a DJ.
Who are the local Parisian artists that you follow?
My friends at Animal House, people around the French house label called My Love Is Underground, the In Funk We Trust crew, Lord Funk, Laurent Garnier for the technique and the feeling he gives, and DJ Deep.
How do you describe your sound?
My sound is what I like. No [boundaries]. From jazz, soul, blues, funk, disco, Brazilian, rock, hip-hop, to house… I know it’s wide. Then it’s all about choices and taste.
It’s summer time — are you looking forward to any performances or parties now that the city is heating up?
I’ll try to find some nice gigs for August at friends’ bars… Then I’ll have many private parties in September for shops or birthdays but nothing really crazy.
What’s the perfect song for a summer romance?
The smooth one: Jerry (J.G) Green, “I Finally Found The Love I Need.” For the dance: Maynard Fergusson, “Pagliacci (Joe Claussell Edit).”