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In an uptempo mood

Stephane Pompougnac, a DJ known for lounge music, is more energetic in his new solo album

Published on Jun 16, 2014 3:51 PM
Singapore nightclub Zouk brings back fond memories for Stephane Pompougnac. -- PHOTO: LOVE DA RECORDS

Lounge music pioneer Stephane Pompougnac made a name for himself in the late 1990s and early noughties as a DJ and music producer under the Parisian Hotel Costes brand.

At the height of his career, the 46- year-old Frenchman sold more than seven million CDs, DJ-ing for the likes of Mick Jagger, remixing for pop diva Madonna and collaborating with top- notch artists such as rock band R.E.M's frontman Michael Stipe.

Lounge music may not be as hip and trendy as it was a decade ago, but Pompougnac is hoping to re-ignite interest in the genre with his new solo album, Bloody French, launched in April.

The DJ, who was in town last month for the Audi Fashion Festival, tells Life! of his new record: "I wanted to produce a deep house album with more energy and I wanted more DJs to play it, so I tried to have the same style as my music for Hotel Costes, but with an upbeat tempo."

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