Off the Record with Laurent Garnier

January 5, 2024

It was ages ago, in 2019, that Laurent Garnier’s team launched the Kickstarter campaign for the documentary “Off the Record”.

The simple goal was to present Laurent Garnier’s career in a documentary. They were looking for backers, and even though I’m not the biggest fan of Laurent Garnier, I found it fascinating to be part of it. Just like with Lucas Levitan or Thimbleweed Park.

Laurent Garnier was one of the “pioneers” from France at the time when techno and house became big, around and at the beginning of the 90s. I remember him for tracks like Feelin’ Good and, of course, The Man With The Red Face. But also because of the panel with him that I attended at ADE 2016.

As far as I could remember, some of the recordings were already in the can, there were still selected “Off The Records” events to come, which took place at the beginning of 2020. One on my birthday. With the “If I’d known what would happen in the following years” wish-chain, I should have taken this event with me. But I didn’t know.

Of course, the pandemic also delayed the production of the documentary. As is usually the case with crowdfunding campaigns like this, communication and the sending out of perks also slowed down a little. But given the circumstances, understanding was more than obligatory. In the end, the team was ambitious to complete the project properly, and I received the digital downloads and the Blu-ray.

After some time, the documentary made it to Arte and is now available for everyone. Including you!

Photo: Featuristic Film via Kickstarter campaign page

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Hi, I'm Olli, I moved to Hamburg in 2008 and have been working in the media industry there ever since. Before that, I spent many years spinning records in the Northern German club scene and writing for a few, often music-related, magazines. Now, after a break of several years, I'm blogging again and writing from the heart, which I think is a bit awesome.

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