View Full Version : Joachim Garraud: The Court Jester of EDM

04-23-2011, 12:24 PM
So, I'm not sure if anyone had the misfortune of checking out Joachim Garraud's set, but, it warrants discussion.

I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Garraud at Lollapalooza 2010 being totally unaware of what a bizarre and misguided attempt at DJ superstardom his set is. Despite that, I still somehow managed to wander into the Sahara this year to find that not much had changed since last August.

You see, my friends, Joachim Garraud simply is trying to do too many things at one time. He's like the Carrot Top of DJing.

Case in point: he plays a keytar during his sets.
Now, it doesn't really add anything to the set or sound. He pretty much plays the same bleeps and bloops that are being played in the tracks in his set. But, it gives him something to do, I suppose. In example, sometimes he plays a much more boring version of the hook from Swedish House Mafia's "One" on it:

Next, he has some sort of alien motif that never really makes sense.
He hands out these alien masks during his set, which, in my experience, almost always get instantly tossed to the ground.
He never really seems to explain the alien thing. He doesn't appear to claim to be an alien himself or some from outer space. He also relies heavily on Space Invader imagery without any real explanation. He hands out free t-shirts during his set that say "WE LOVE USA" with "LOVE" replaced by a Space Invader. I guess it's funny how it kind of ends up reading like broken English, but again, I'm not really sure what he's going for.

He loves to drop "Sandstorm" in his sets.
Here's another example of his blatant "love me" pandering. "WE LOVE MUSIC"? I mean, who's going to disagree with that? He's really playing it safe here. And, it's not like he dropped "Sandstorm" as like, a wacky one-time Coachella thing. It's a staple of his set. He wants to replace Darude in people's minds when it comes to "Sandstorm."

So, here's this poor bastard, running all over stage, playing his keytar, handing out masks and t-shirts, dropping Sandstorm, professing his love for America and music, and yet, somehow, his sets manage to be overwhelmingly forgettable with some regularity.

If you missed Joachim Garraud, I guess you shouldn't be too bummed about it. He didn't Shpongle anyone or have a glowruption. But he did do one thing that you didn't see any other DJ do all weekend: he wears his douchiness like a badge. Other DJs try to cover it up by doing things like yelling "Make some fucking noooooooooooise" ad nauseum, having girls hula hoop on stage, or collaborating with KoRn. But not Joachim Garraud. He wants you, as an American, to accept him as a douchey DJ.

And I guess, ultimately, it's this attitude that I find refreshing in today's EDM scene.

I'm Malcolm Jamal Awesome, and this has been Joachim Garraud.

04-23-2011, 12:28 PM
He loves to drop "Sandstorm" in his sets.

I had the pleasure of witnessing this rave anthem last weekend.

Cheers, Mr. Garraud.

04-23-2011, 12:29 PM
While I did not see Joachim Garraud's set, I did see him standing around, grinning from ear to ear, and generally just looking like a total douche bag during the last fifteen minutes of Perry Farrell's set.

04-23-2011, 12:30 PM
Guedita, I want to paint you wearing an alien mask ... and only an alien mask.

04-23-2011, 12:37 PM
You know, as hard as I try I can't hate the dude. Even though I'd never check him out, this level of cheeseball shitshow is sort of endearing.

04-23-2011, 12:38 PM
travelfan gets it.

04-23-2011, 12:49 PM
I agree with travelfan, it's too funny to even hate on, I mean look at the crowd that he brings in @ 1:46 in the sandstorm video.

04-23-2011, 12:56 PM
I felt like my dad was putting his own schtick on being a cool DJ. The only thing missing was jumping jacks.

04-23-2011, 01:08 PM
LOL @ Sandstorm. That's great. This guy has a lot of fun energy, I can't hate on him for that.

04-23-2011, 01:12 PM
i think that keytars are sick

04-23-2011, 01:13 PM
Guedita, I want to paint you wearing an alien mask ... and only an alien mask.

Can I be bending over a keytar.

04-23-2011, 01:19 PM
I had the displeasure of stumbling across a few youtube videos of this clown while researching the lineup. Suffice it to say I was not within earshot of the Sahara during Joachim's set.

04-23-2011, 06:13 PM

04-23-2011, 06:22 PM
Awwww, look at that grin. Dude sure enjoys his work. Thumbs up X2!

Bus McRider
04-23-2011, 07:11 PM
I'm glad this thread exists. Thank you MJA

04-23-2011, 07:13 PM
You're welcome. Now buy his shirt.

04-24-2011, 12:53 AM
Wow! Some one would def kick this guy's ass if he played nola.

04-24-2011, 01:36 AM
Sahara is hallowed ground ... This clown came in and pissed all over it

04-24-2011, 05:00 AM
Wow! Some one would def kick this guy's ass if he played nola.

Sounds great, Snooki.

04-24-2011, 08:36 AM
haha i thought the bit of his set I saw was fun to dance to in a quirky way

Wheres the beef?
04-24-2011, 08:44 AM
And this is the same stage that Sasha played on....

04-24-2011, 08:50 AM
Chemical Brothers played on the same stage as Kings of Leon. Come off it

04-24-2011, 08:52 AM

04-24-2011, 08:59 AM
Kind of bummed that I missed this since I am a sucker for a keytar
I was planning on seeing like 15 minutes of his set :(

04-24-2011, 09:27 AM
I do enjoy a lot of his remixes and did a double take from the ZIa Records tent when I saw him waving around his keytar on the Sahara next door. It was kinda cheesy but looked like a lot of fun.

04-24-2011, 09:36 AM

I get what the year and album are, but please explain the box.

04-27-2011, 07:13 AM
Seeing this crazy French bastard at Lolla.

04-27-2011, 07:28 AM
I saw the last half of his Webcast interview. He seems like a nice enough fellow. However I had no idea he was a musician. I thought he was one of the Sahara's lighting guys.

04-27-2011, 07:28 AM
I love how the fact that you caught his set on two separate occasions seems to go unnoticed.

04-27-2011, 07:28 AM
Does he do Bar Mitzvah's?

04-27-2011, 07:34 AM
He should make an Alka-Seltzer commercial.

04-27-2011, 07:42 AM
They keytar is so fucking lame; it's just a fucking midi controller firing off loops and cues.

04-27-2011, 08:33 AM
They keytar is so fucking lame; it's just a fucking midi controller firing off loops and cues.

Yes. That's why it's lame.

04-27-2011, 09:36 AM
Tremendous write-up MJA, well done.

04-27-2011, 10:22 AM

Ahhahaha that crowd. Amazing.

04-27-2011, 09:46 PM
with +7 other areas playing music at the moment you just had to go watch this for the second time? you know what MJA, i think you like it. i'd be willing to bet you were fist pumping to skrillex and getting light shows during kaskade last year, too. did you think tiesto was better than the chems on the main?

04-27-2011, 10:35 PM
Reminds me of Keystar


Drinkey McDrinkerstein
04-28-2011, 11:24 AM
i was in the beer garden when 'Sandstorm" dropped and I HAD to take a look at the schedule because I couldn't really believe what I was hearing hahaha