Considering his meteoric rise to fame, it would be easy to stereotype Black Coffee as just another black diamond, a BEE beat magnet out to mine the insatiable upwardly mobile urban house party market. But as he proved on his South African Music Award-winning album “Home Brewed”, this DJ and producer defies convention. Sidestepping Afro-house clichés and stage-managed highs in favour of restrained sophistication, Black Coffee’s penchant is for true Afropolitan house: home-brewed but fresh and future-focused. Expect almost sculptural balance and beauty.
Since the moment he spun his first record, Damian Lazarus’s mission has been a clear and urgent one: to blow away the mediocre, the over-inflated, the obsolete; to seek out and celebrate the energetic, the important, the new. Always rebelling, always going places.
Derrick May is one of the greatest living figures in electronic music, and one of the few in any genre who has helped to originate a style that has changed the sound and form of popular music across the world: techno.
One of the Belleville Three, the cadre of early Detroit producers who tested the limits of spirit within electronic dance music and changed the integrity of the form forever, Derrick May’s reputation as an originator remained intact despite more than a decade of recording inactivity.
Founder and A&R of Life and Death, Manfredi Romano grew up tour-managing punk bands and organising left-field music events in Italy around the turn of the Millennium. Having completed his studies in computer science at the University of Pisa, Manfredi went on to form DAZE, Italy’s first booking agency solely devoted to electronic music. Drawing on two decades of experience behind the scenes, Romano shifted focus in 2010, establishing himself as a DJ in his own right. As a performer, Tennis valiantly showcases an astute ability to create intimacy in even the vastest of gatherings.
As a resident Dj of the CONCRETE parties in Paris, his appearances brought him in front of the parisian scene and gave him the chance to share the decks with many artists.
Inspired by labels like Perlon / Minibar / [a:rpia:r] or artists sush as Zip, Ricardo Villalobos and others… He pays a particular attention to his musical selection, always digging for new records & old stuff to share them with you on the dancefloor.
With a sound born in New York, ripened in London and refined in Berlin, Margaret Dygas is an artist whose sound possesses a true international resonance.
Following her move to Berlin in 2007, Margaret started producing and writing her own music, and has since then released EP’s and full-length albums on Contexterrior, PowerShovelAudio, Perlon and Non Standard Productions.
With her broad musical background fuelling her desire for electronic experimentation within her music, her productions and dj-sets incorporate the deep and dub-influenced sound she loves, whilst retaining the driving funk of her musical past.
Marvin & Guy
The project Marvin & Guy (M & G) was born in 2011 from two children from two different musical generations, with a shared knowledge of how to make people dance to underground sounds. Since then many labels have singled them out for their signature swaggering sound, while in the DJ booth the Marvin and Guy have been taking their talents global, their ability to spin through from disco to techno setting tongues to talking and hips to shaking. When you ask what kind of music they play the answer will always be “Groovy Techno”.
As resident at Paris’ legendary Rex Club, Molly has established herself as one of the city’s brightest talents, combining passion, integrity and talent to launch a successful DJ career and producing several key releases for labels such as Rekids, All Inn, AKU and Karlovak. Through hard work and dedication to her craft Molly has built up a sterling reputation, traveling across Europe to play at some of the continent’s most influential clubs, as well as picking up bookings further afield in South & North America, Asia and Australia. A polished DJ, accomplished producer, A&R and now a label owner, too, Molly is a professional who embodies the true spirit of house and techno.
Her involvement with rhythms and beats started at the age of 7, when tINI, who is originally from Munich, began playing drums, while the curiosity and passion for sounds finally led her to first production attempts on her brother’s Atari. While her general interest in music has been aroused by new romantics, wave and grunge, her first dj adventures started with underground hip hop to rap.
Paris’s university seems not to have lost any of its superb when it comes to electronic music. Its persistent lights keep attracting more and more artists from the country towards her, although a very few, the most cunning ones succeed in implanting durably there.
Traumer is one of them. The keen disciple has left Avignon’s comfortable warmth and plunged deep into the capital’s boiling life. For a couple of years now he’s been devoted entirely to his passion and has elicited many enthusiasm, offering him now the possibility to dedicate all of his time on his productions. Under IRM founders’s friendly wings, who noticed in the first place his talent, and Electric Rescue’s expert and encouraging critic, the young producer keep on working and delivering new material, easily oscillating between genres, that has already convinced most of the electronic scene’s godfathers.
Originally from Cargèse in Corsica, Charlotte started playing in the South of France. His career has an exponential trajectory with many appearances in the most advanced clubs in the South of France.
At only 20 years old, she has already performed on all the key stages of the south which were the scene of her sets where she was able to play with several residents of Berghain in particular. The revelation to the eyes of the greatest is done in 2013 at the Cargèse Sound Festival. The CSS takes Charlotte to a new stage in her DJ career which allowed her to share line up with DJ Masda, Sonja Moonear Raresh, TC80 … Her love for electronic music comes from her taste for music underground in the broad sense. Relying on his musical culture, his influences are mainly focused on minimalist house / techno with electronic sounds.
Charlotte has now moved to Paris for production and has since appeared in clubs in London, Paris, Lyon and many others …
Charlou, Dj / Producer, who has been living in Paris since 2010 for music, is one of the founders of the Opaq label. His music is dark and deep, just like his productions. As a result of things, Charlou has performed in several places in the capital, Lille, Strasbourg …
Since 2011, Fabio has been actively involved in the democratization of electronic culture in Corsica. It has been seen on most island scenes like COTR, PVF, Widen and CSS last year. He also had the opportunity to share the decks with internationally renowned DJs like Lazare Hoche, Borrowed Identity, Andrew Weatherall, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Para One or Chloe recently. Applied DJ, his influences are based on the Chicago and NY House. Fabio grew up listening to Frankie Knuckles, Larry Heard, Masters At Work or Kerri Chandler. Always in search of eternal groove, his eclectic sets are a Jazzy, Disco or Acid sound gathering.
He left his native island in 2015 for Paris where he played at small underground parties in the four corners of the capital. His universal sound is a clever blend of groovy house and minimal old school. It is inhabited by the only purpose of sharing through its mixes and its productions, this devouring passion for music. He plays with artists such as Apollonia, Ben Vedren, John Dimas, Djebali, Jedsa Soundorom. He is also at the origin of the Widen Festival, which in its first edition brought together Varhat, Janeret, Mr KS, Joss Moog, Around7.
Half of the Ajaccien Fÿm & Mujiya duo, Fym has been playing on the Corsican isle for 5 years. Focused on House and combining Jazz, Funk and World Music he offers melodic DJ sets, rich in warmth and grooves inspired by various artists such as Mall Grab, Ross From Friends, Henry Wu, MCDE or Max Graef.
Originally from Brussels, Groenogen develops an obvious passion for electronic music, thanks to the discovery of pioneers such as Laurent Garnier, Jeff Mills and Sven Väth. From party to party, his tastes for Techno are refined and move towards a Tech House that is both rhythmic and minimalist. Accompanied by passionate friends, he rides the island collective RITMIC and performs for example at La Montagne in Ajaccio alongside Bambounou, or with Steve Marie at the B75 in Paris. Mixing House, Breakbeat, Ambient and Minimal, it is with a tracklist with various rhythms and rich influences that it will stir the musical curiosity of all.
Born in Ajaccio in the mid-90s, Ionescu is immersed in music from an early age thanks to a family of musicians. Influenced by many artists from a variety of backgrounds, he joined several bands as a drummer until he moved to creating electronic sounds. In 2014, he joined the collective Porto Vecchiais Indeep’n’dance and created the collective RITMIC later with a band of passionate friends. For 4 years he cultivates minimalism through many island free parties and parties at La Montagne, charming purists of electronic music. Ionescu will make you travel subtly between London tech house and breakbeat oldschool vibes in this new edition of CSS.
Joren discovered the effervescence of house parties in Paris in the late 90s where he took his first musical slap. Respect, Bass culture, afters Kwality, and Hell got the better of him.
A coupon cut from a Nova magazine, and Joren went straight to Da groove to buy his first vinyl. Pepé Bradock, Versatile, Deep Dj, Gregory, Ron Trent, Derrick Carter, Isolated, Morgan Geist, Djulz, and Jerome Pacman forming his first influences.
Children of the “mirror ball”, heirs self-proclaimed music from the 90’s, the collective of Bastia LE DISKO are characterized by their sets sailing between Italo disco, Acid, Edits and House 4/4. Active members of the Ballà Boum Festival team, last seen sneaking in the south to snorkel the beach of Pero.
Loop Exposure is a duo composed by Antoine HDV and Matthias Cheval. Both multi-instrumentist musicians with a background in music composition and production, and playing together live since 2014. After making a huge impression on their first gig at Rakya in 2015, they joined Rakya Agency and started to tour across France and Europe. Loop Exposure is a genius mix of jazz and funk inspirations translated into groovy minimal electronic music through multiple drum machines and synthesizers.
Mujiya, an active member of the BASTI collective PLAY IT, has been a part of the island scene for several years.
His musical universe exists alongside various artists such as Alex & Laetitia (karat), Ark (perlon), Mr Ks, and as part of Widen Festival with Varhat and Janeret.
A staple of Cargese Sound Festival, recognizable from his duet (Fÿm & Mujiya) during the two previous editions. Through this passion and the love of electronic music he seduces audiences year in and out as part of the Cargese Sound Festival family.
Growing up while listening to a variety of French sounds, jamming to the rhythm of hip-hop and Niagara jazz funk, Fabe and Herbie Hancock among many others before discovering electronic music. Exploring atonal experimentals with a weakness for spacious sounds, contemporary and mystical she moved to New York, where Brooklyn’s underground scene pushed her to become aware of a call to be a DJ and artist. When she returns to Paris, she launches RA + RE Records with a scrupulous trio of girls, intermingling techno and psycho-electic house. Playing on the mind, she delivers a unique experience on the dancefloor with a disturbing serenity and a presence accompanied by a groovy selection of acid records and her 90’s bangers.
Jean-Patrick Simonetti is a young hedonistic Corsican and endorsement.
He discovered techno at age 17 when he came across a live from Para One in Calvi in 2006.
First on laptop, he gradually acquired keyboards and analogue drum machines; his approach to production has been metamorphosed.
His current work has included the merits of patience and step-by-step construction.
DJ lover of house and techno, Jean-Patrick can capture the sensuality of grooves slower, softer, almost more feminine. He has thus gradually built up a solid expertise in a multitude of electronic genres, up to being able to enchant any dancefloor, just as an idealist worker would try to master a multitude of trades to be able to intervene on any building site.
And the result of this long-term learning is a project signed by the explicit name of WORKERZ.
Cargese Sound System was created in 2011 by a group of young Cargesians to fill a cultural void in Corsica delivering the musical experiences offered in greater Europe to their childhood home and community.
To capture the natural beauty of Cargese they created the outdoor music festival by the sea by day and under the stars by night.
In 2018 Cargese Sound System joined forces with Centris Events, the group behind Brunch -In and DGTL Barcelona, drawing on their wealth of experience in order to deliver a renewed conception to become Cargese Sound Festival.
Cutting-edge musical programming, considered visual design, and professional quality and placed in the traditional township of Cargese in order to create a destination for both locals and international travellers seeking a refreshing and refined festival offering.
The artists presented by the festival are scene-leading creators and performers, drawn from both local Corsican talents and the international community of electronic music DJs and Producers. The festival takes seriously it’s commitment to the Corsican community of artists and seeks to create a platform for them to showcase their talents in their home.
The goal is to take people to new musical worlds, to share the discoveries of winter and recreate ties to the village for 20-35 years. The organizers have once again traveled Europe and the World to find, shoots and recognized headliners. The festival is thought to mix high quality musical universe with an incredible natural scenery, certainly one of the most beautiful of Corsica.
A Cargèse Journey
To reach us on Cargèse, you have 2 possible routes: to take the plane or to take the ferry.
There are many flights from all over France to land in Ajaccio (Paris, Nice, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Brest, Basel-Mulhouse, Bordeaux, Lille, Limoges …) but also European flights from Brussels, London, Luxembourg, Oslo, Amsterdam and Geneva.
As for the ferry, there are shuttles from Nice, Marseille and Toulon in France, but also from Italy. We advise you to go to Corsica Ferry or CNCM for more information.
As for the Ajaccio – Cargèse trip, the easiest way is to rent a car for the weekend, but you can also take the bus!
There are many flights from French and European airports to land at Ajaccio.
Stay in Cargèse
Once in Cargese a range of different options are available to accommodate you. You can take an Airbnb on Cargèse or its surroundings, or book a hotel in Cargèse itself.
You can also go to the 3 campsites around Cargèse which are: Camping Corse Torraccia 7 minutes by car, camping Mandriale 5 minutes by car and camping Sagone 20 minutes by car.