Cedric Gervais' Birthday Party at LIV: "This Is My Crowd, I'm Representing Miami"
Happy 35th, Cedric!
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Miami's Grammy-winning DJ Cedric Gervais is turning 35. And for this milestone birthday, he's celebrating in straight-up 305 celeb style -- by throwing a mega bash under the bright, flashing lights of the Fontainebleau's fanciest nightclub, LIV.
"It's a family," the birthday boy says about the club. "They've been supporting me since I started. And basically, they've always been behind me."
This is the second year that the French-born DJ will throw his own b-day party at the SoBe party spot. But this year, he'll be celebrating on the actual day of his birth.
"I'm really excited," he admits. "My schedule is getting crazy. My agent told me the days I was free and I said, 'Listen, I was born June 7 and I have to celebrate in Miami. It's my hometown and it's during the [Miami Heat] playoffs. I gotta be there.'
"I turned down other places for this," the DJ fesses. "Calvin Harris was booked that day [at LIV], but he was very kind and moved the date so that I can have my birthday."
Gervais may have been born in Marseilles, but the native of France has been living in the 305 for nearly 20 years. By now, he's got the blood of a true Miamian running through his veins.
"It's weird because I go to Europe and I feel I miss home, even if I'm in my hometown," he laughs.
"I love everything about Miami and living here is amazing. It's such a mixed world. There are so many different flavors. You have Europeans, Brazilians, Argentinians, everything."
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The DJ got his first taste of the Magic City about 17 years ago, when he flew across the Atlantic to visit a friend. Like many first-time visitors, Gervais fell in love with the city, and the rest is history.
Nearly two decades later, he is finally rising to the top of the EDM game.
His worldwide search for that girl "Molly" turned Gervais into a dance star, but it was with his 2013 remix of Lana Del Ray's "Summertime Sadness" that he won his first Grammy Award.
"That song is a masterpiece," he says of Del Rey's original track.
"It was a downtempo song and I turned it into a dance song, but the song alone is amazing. It's not the kind of remake that you take a popular song and just remix it for the club. No, it was a song that was not on the radio. It's just beautiful."
Gervais may have a Grammy under his belt, but the DJ is only getting started. He recently signed a worldwide record deal with Universal Records and he's working on a two-part album compilation with Ministry of Sound that's set to be released this September.
"One CD will be classic house music with tracks I grew up listening to. The other CD is where I'm at right now," he explains.
Certainly, 35 is already looking great for Gervais. And the DJ is counting down the days to his birthday.
"This is my crowd," he says. "I feel like I'm representing Miami. It's very hard to be a DJ and have the city back you up, but I feel my biggest market is here. It's like they're all proud."
And since it's his birthday, the party boy is gonna do whatever the hell he wants.
"I'm working at my own party, damn it!" he jokes.
"I just want everybody to party and have fun. I'm not expecting people to judge me on my mixing and track selection, just do whatever you wanna do. Let's just have fun."
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Cedric Gervais' Birthday Celebration. With Mednas. Saturday, June 7. LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The party starts at 11 p.m. and tickets cost $40 to $75 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-674-4680 or visit livnightclub.com.
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