Maestro is a term of extreme respect given to a master musician. Typically associated with classical music, it's not something you'd immediately associate with more modern forms of music, house and disco included. But then, why not? In terms of culture you could argue that these close cousins are just as influential on modern day society as their more archaic classical grandparent. Of course, you'd have to use it appropriately.
Every genre has their champions; artists who stand head and shoulders above the crowd, and in terms of the disco you don't get bigger than Dimitri from Paris; a modern-day maestro for the dancefloor generation.
Dimitri is the antithesis of the modern-day stadium DJs who could sometimes to accused of caring more about the spectacle than about the music itself; a gentleman DJ with a fastidious attention to detail and unerring devotion to disco.
"To me disco is the ultimate dance music" say Dimitri."I am very close to the true disco feel because I feel that in dance music nothing better has been done. It's really the quintessential dance music sound and I stay true to it in different forms. Disco had a vibe going on and kind of a happy feeling that I feel is a little bit lost now." Recapturing that 'lost happiness' is at the core of his latest endeavour.
Dimitri from Paris Back in the House exemplifies the Parisian DJs vast musical knowledge and meticulous attention to detail, taking in records from across the broad spectrum of dance music and an exhaustive selection of Dimitri's influences, current favourite and legendary remixes.
Dimitri one of a seemingly dying breed; a refined, heritage-based DJ and producer who can remember better than most ‘how they used to do it'; the days when there was big money to be made - and subsequently poured into - the dance music market. . "When there's not much money left, there is still love. We're all free to put love into what we do and in the case of music, love can be care and effort. Thirty years ago I wanted to be a DJ to share the music I loved and by means of this compilation it is still what I do today."
On Dimitri from Paris Back in the House, the current is represented in records from cutting-edge, modern artists while the classic touch comes from true masters of their craft; the likes of Soul Clap, Miguel Campbell, Maceo Plex, Storm Queen rubbing shoulders with Kenny Dope, KC Flight and Marshall Jefferson, all blended together in Dimitri's inimitable style.
Fittingly, Dimitri has the last word. "From the music selection to the artwork, there are details in here that you may not see at first glance that hopefully will make you enjoy this music package for a longer while.
"Do trust that I made this for you as I would have for myself" he finishes. "May it stay by your side for a long time."