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Dimitri From Paris Dimitri From Paris | 16:50 UK time, Friday, 18 March 2011


I started as a radio DJ and from 1987 I had a 2 hour show running for 12 years. The best part was I could program it to keep the audience interested and entertained as opposed to keep it going on a dancefloor. This was allowing more freedom across styles and tempos, and although it was always "Dance Music" the range was wide and format free.

That time was a transitional one between acoustic club music (mostly Disco and Rap) and electronic (Boogie, Electro-Funk then House). My new compilation "Knights Of The Playboy Mansion" (with Bob Sinclar on Defected) narrows in on this same period of transition and its current legacy. I approached this Essential Mix the same way with a strong focus on actual songs (not dubs) and variety, a reminiscence of my original radio programs.

Hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think on this blog

:: Hear Dimitri's Essential Mix (from 0300 on the 19th of March 2011)


  • Comment number 1.

    that was nice, thanks!

  • Comment number 2.

    LOVE him! His music always makes me smile, and get dressed up.

  • Comment number 3.

    Finally after 1997... There is no better man for bringing the old school back on radio 1 show "the one and only" DFP. Thanks Pete

  • Comment number 4.

    Missed this friday night as was working early satday, so i've just stuck this on whilst I made dinner. An there are few things better than this collection.. Absolutely LOVE it!

    I'm gonna join the drop out orchestra me when i'm older ;))

  • Comment number 5.

    i made a account just so i could say this was great! hope DJs start playing more disco

  • Comment number 6.

    If we can fill a complete Beatport with trash, we should fill another with jams that worth dealing with... :) And when it comes to dealing with the eighties and disco, Dimitri is definitely The Man!
    And the moral of listening to this is mix for me was: if you think that you really know the eighties, just pick one of Dimitri's mixes. And then you'll realize that you really don't. :O)

  • Comment number 7.

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  • Comment number 8.

    I made an account just to post a comment on your amazing mix!

    The March 18 Essential Mix is even better than the first one, everytime I listen to your mix, it is like a trip through the real music, whatever it deals with disco/funk or house music.

    Among all these DJs who started in the 80's and who are now qualified as "superstar DJs", you are the only one who stay a "real DJ" just focusing on good vibes and real music.

    I know almost all the tracks of your playlist, but you own this rare skill to re-edit original tracks to make it sound like a new track or to select the best remixes for others artists, that is the reason why your mix knocked me out!

    The two First Choice re-edits and the Sinnamon Moplen re-edit are very good to hear! I love as well the vocal Purple Flash!

    Hope to see you soon back at Djoon... :-)

  • Comment number 9.

    Up there with the Greg Wilson one from last year - cracking mix, and featuring one of my all time favourites with Inner City "Watcha Gonna Do With My Love" (Def Mix).

    An education and a pleasure.

    As an aside, why can't we hear decent soulful and eclectic house music like this anywhere on the BBC? Aaron Ross was buried in the middle of the night on 1xtra and even he was canned. Anyone care to explain?

  • Comment number 10.

    Took me right back. Thank you.

  • Comment number 11.

    I also created an account to just say how good this is. The best essential mix I have ever heard.

  • Comment number 12.

    I've also just signed up to say how much I loved this Essential Mix. This is the best EM I've heard since 2004 in my opinion. Just an absolute perfectly mixed set with so much energy. I hope this wins the EM of the year later on.

  • Comment number 13.

    I have always enjoyed the BBC's Essential Mix but have not been inclined to listen to it much over the last few years and recently wondered why. But I now have the answer. It's the endless interruptions throughout the mix these days.
    Like a lot of people nowadays, I have the software on my PC that allows me to record any streamed music I like, very much like I did years ago with a tape deck, so I can listen to my favourite mix as many times as I like.
    However, as I have occasionally played some of those old Essential Mix tapes from days yonder, the one thing that sticks out more than anything is the fact that there were hardly any interruptions at all. In fact, I counted; and there may have been Pete Tong saying "You're listening to the essential mix on radio one" maybe every twenty minutes or on the half hour. Now, and particularly on this Dmitri mix, there were a total of 18 interruptions of various sorts played in amongst the mix with some of them lasting a minute or more. These interruptions seriously impair the quality of the mixes and no serious DJ would add these distractions if they were playing at a club or venue.
    I presume in these days of thousands of radio stations that the BBC may feel inclined to add these distractions in order for the casual radio tuner to be able to identify which station they are listening too. I wouldn't be surprised, though, if a lot of listeners switched channels fairly promptly to listen to a station that doesn't have these interruptions like I have found myself doing over the last year or so.
    I would be disappointed, but not surprised, if the BBC one day axed the Essential Mix based purely on a drop in listeners which I think would have been partially caused by the interruptions in the mixes.

  • Comment number 14.

    Good to see the essential mix get back on track.. Last one was a snoozefest.


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