Freshly arrived at Cocoon Booking, DJ W!LD is also a Circo Loco and DC10 resident. He’s been playing at festivals such as Burning Man festival (Nevada desert) or Fusion (Berlin countryside), alongside the biggest names of the techno scene.
You may think that Guillaume Duchastel de Montrouge, aka DJ W!LD, has arrived like a storm on the electronic music scene in 2010, but in fact, he’s already a reknown Dj and producer who made a strong come back behind the decks on the past two years.
Elusive, unpredictable, underground, these adjectives could easily describe DJ W!LD. Born in 1975, his journey into music has started at the end of the 80's in his french hometown - Dijon, where he was already immersed in a disco-funk black music environnment. Guillaume was also involved in the hip-hop/graffiti street culture. He soon became popular under the name of DJ W!LD, a tribute to the motion picture "Wild style", which draws the portrait of graffiti pioneers and includes a soundtrack of late 70's NY Hip Hop.
In the early 90's, when techno is still considered in France as a marginal genre only promoted by a few Parisian clubs. Dj Laurent Garnier appears on the local scene in Dijon, with his regular gigs at L'Enfer spreading the first blends of electronic music in France. W!LD is immediately caught by this revolutionary trend initiated by Detroit and Chicago house and techno Godfathers , this encounter will be crucial regarding W!LD’s future musical route.
W!LD settles in Paris in 1996 and gets behind the decks.
He's soon DJing in Paris’s trendiest clubs: Palace, Queen, Rex etc. and meets DJ & producer Peter Rauhofer with whom he releases the international hit "Magic Orgasm" under the name "House Heroes"-this track becomes a hit in several countries. DJ W!LD soon appears behind the decks of the famous Twilo club (Danny Tenaglia's NYC ). His numerous trips to in NYC still influence his current sets.
When comes the explosion of the "French Touch" filtered house , considered by some journalists as a big marketing blow- W!LD doesn’t find his path into the scene. Rebel and definitely underground, he decides to stay away from this trend and to fight censorship against Rave parties which soon become illegal in France. In 1999, he travels to Brazil where the musical scene has nothing to do with Parisian clubs : 10.000 to 15.000 people attend techno parties!, DJ-setsare eclectic, this journey becomes an awesome cultural experience which makes his DJ-skills even richer.
A year later, he’s back to Europe where he becomes resident @ La Démence at Brussels’s Fuse club. He’s one of the leading DJs in the local underground scene and his music becomes popular among the gay community which dictates trends... Quite attracted by production, W!LD gets in touch with Chris Carrier and Guillaume La Tortue and releases several EP's on their record labels.
His connections with the Fashion world soon drive him to compose soundtracks for fashion shows such as Thierry Mugler or Christian Lacroix. He also collaborates with Ora Ito. He then becomes resident of Citizen K parties in Paris, plays in London for the launching party of Vivienne Westwood Boudoir perfume and spins at Agnes B’s after show at NYC PS1.
In 2005, he creates "Catwash", a duet with Dj-producer Chris Carrier. The two musicians’s tracks are released on labels such as Detour, Visitor, Crack & Speed, Adult Only or Get Physical and quickly find their way into the record bags of artists like Andrew Weatherall, Ricardo Villalobos, Ritchie Hawtin or Josh Wink, to name only a few. He also launches Catwash Records, his first record label, in order to promote the duet and other artists.
In 2008, the French press discovers Catwash, and Trax magazine gives them a nickname "French house most famous unknown duet"(!). Getting more confidence thanks to this experience, W!LD decides to release as many tracks as possible. While he had barely signed 9 EPs during the first 10 years of his career, he produces 37 tracks between 2008 and 2011!.
In the end, he decides to send his personal productions to other record labels and get signed by Off, Robsoul, Soweso, Adult Only, Motivbank, Love Letters from Oslo or RAL (bootleg record label created by Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano). His tunes and his remixes are warmly welcomed by the international DJ scene, W!LD reaches the top charts and is licensed on several compilations (Cocoon, Circo Loco, Ministry of Sound, or Renaissance). His Booking requests get boosted, especially in countries where the House scene is popular such as Italy or Germany.
At the end of 2009, he becomes a Circo Loco resident DJ, and plays in Miami WMC, @ Sonar Festival and at the DC10 during the whole summer. His DJ sets become popular mostly because they’composed of many of his unreleased tracks- making them unique.
In late 2010, DJ W!LD's career takes a new turn : while remaining a resident o DJ at Circo Loco, Sven Vath asks him to be part of the Cocoon Booking team. He’s now regularly booked in the best international clubs (Matter - London, Mint - Leeds, Sub Club - Glasgow, Shankeys - Manchester, Tenax - Italy, Goa – Italy, Watergate - Germany, Mad - Lausanne, La Mania - Romania, etc..), and is now one of the headliners of the techno and house scene.
In 2011, DJ W!LD launches a new record label, W dedicated to his friends and his own production. He has just released his debut album "Palace", reflecting his experience and various musical influences (acid house, techno, disco, soul, etc.). The vinyl album (W2, W3, W4 & W5), with songs like "Take a trip", or "Palace" universally are currently being internationally acclaimed, and have already reached the top charts. The CD version of the album will be released in june, a new version of this album is planned for the summer with remixes by great names of the House scene.