In the last 12 months you would be hard pressed to find another newcomer on the disco/edits scene who had made a bigger impression than Barry & Gibbs. Each track they have released has rocketed up the respective Traxsource, Beatport and Juno charts with a few peaking at number 1! We were lucky enough to catch up with the guys after they had done their Guest mix for the Sneaky Disco show EP113.
Based in Lille, northern France, Barry & Gibbs are Quentin aka Barry (Also known as Mark Lower) and Fred (Gibbs). The dynamic duo formed in 2016 and describe their style as mainly Disco/NuDisco with a touch of funk! Barry (24) has been DJ'ing since he was 12, and has been producing almost the same time period, whilst Gibbs (37) has been DJ’ing for almost 20 years. Both confess to a love of vinyl and keep topping up their collection with new and old pressings.
What inspires you?
Inspired by artists such as Dimitri from Paris, Joey Negro and the Reflex, the duo certainly have a huge love for Disco. When asked about which DJs they follow at the moment, in addition to their inspirations, they stated “Dr Packer, whilst Gibbs gives a shout out to his bro, Mark Lower ;-)”, but they were both quick to point out that there are way too many DJs to choose favourites from. When asked which are their favourite labels - the heavyweights Razor’n’Tape, Glitterbox, Masterworks Music and Midnight Riot were mentioned, as well as Sakura Music which is founded by Mark Lower. When we approached the subject of events or gigs that inspired them, they confessed to being enlightened whilst attending a Glitterbox event at Ministry of Sound, London, in 2017. It had that much of an effect on them that it was the catalyst that them launch their own events, in their hometown of Lille.
The guys’ first track was released three years ago; an edit of ‘Serge Gainsbourg – Sea, Sex & Sun’ (see the insert). When we asked them, which tracks they were most proud of, the guys had their own favourites – Barry, favours the edit of ‘Love Thang’ which is the newest edit they’ve done and, it’s on their SoundCloud page for a free download now. He also favours an edit of ‘Michel Berger - La Groupie Du Pianiste’ which is a French variety classic. Gibbs on the other hand loves their new Sister Sledge edit and confesses he gets goose bumps every time they play it. It’s not just Gibbs who get goose bumps – check out the reaction of the crowd here in Poland when the track is dropped! When the guys were asked about any new tracks, they advised us that they have a release on Masterworks planned later this year, and probably some new edits to come as free download on Soundcloud.
If you wish to check out the guys live then they have a biannual residency at “Le bistro de Saint So” in their hometown, Lille. It’s a large venue where they launched their Disconnect event last year. In the future they want to take the Disconnect Event in Lille to the next level, driven to improve the already fantastic night, they already have - so watch this space! They also recently gigged at the launch of the cool venue La Capucine Lille .
To coincide with their own disconnect night, the guys also have the disconnect radio show which is released every month. If you want to check out the show it is hosted on their SoundCloud page.
We’d like to thank both Mark and Quentin, along with Karen Ridley and the Downtown disco agency. Check out their guest mix in the link below.