Norman Doray
Norman DorayNorman Doray

My daily ritual consists of trying to listen to new EDM artists in the scene today – Get a sense of who I should be watching out for as the dance music scene continues to evolve. I stumbled upon Norman when I was in New York for a friends wedding. We managed to have a night of chaos and fun on the dance floor at one of my favourite super clubs – PACHA – and the DJ in charge that night was Mr. Doray. From the first transition he made with the DJ who warmed up the crowd, you noticed the energy change… Pacha became this sexy atmosphere on the dance floor. The heated beats gave an extra intensity to a very good looking crowd of party peeps that were channeling some classic Studio 54 vibes. This was definitely a soundtrack moment.

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Norman – a native of France – has grown quite a name for him self in Europe and the UK. Norman Doray’s first release was a collaboration with fellow French House producer Pierre De La Touche in 2006 entitled the ‘Dance All Night’ E.P. (Disco Galaxy Recordings). De La Touche’s disco influences are clear, particularly on the up-tempo disco-house of the title track ‘Dance All Night’ featuring feel-good female vocals, funky guitars and disco bass line.

Doray’s next collaboration was a year later with another Frenchman, Arno Cost, but with very different results. ‘Apocalypse’ (Serial Records) is a brooding progressive track that swaps the disco funk of ‘Dance All Night’ for a dark lead hook, eerie effects and a trance-like arpeggio. Subsequent releases were equally diverse, ranging from the light vocal house / trance of ‘Last Forever’ (Net’s Work International 2009) to the piano house of ‘Jetlag’ (Serial Records 2007).

By 2010 Doray had started to develop a consistent and more distinctive style. A sound that was more driving and also more progressive. This new approach resulted in ‘Tabita’ being chosen as the Essential New Tune of the week by BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong and the collaboration with David Tort ‘Chase the Sun’ reaching number two on Beatport for three weeks. His last release of 2010 was the driving progressive track ‘Tweet It’ (Size Records 2010) with Tim Berg and Sebastien Drums.

Doray’s rising profile also resulted in a number of high profile remixes, most notably Toni Braxton’s ‘Make My Heart’, and also a busy touring schedule that takes him to locales around the world such as Brazil, India, Australia, Japan and Ibiza.

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