DJ Norman Doray has become a household name in the dance-scene over the past few years. With performances at some of the most famous clubs in the world and collaborations with big names such as David Guetta and Avicii, his music never fails to make you want to dance. Today, he releases a new track ‘Do Me Right’ in collaboration with Piem, we spoke to him about the inspiration behind it and his journey into music.
RC: Hi Norman! How did you first get into music, and what attracted you to house?
ND: Hey! I got into music very young with my parents listening to disco and groovy music at home, and later as a teenager, I discovered the French Touch movement with Daft Punk and all the French guys. I fell in love instantly and opened my ears to a wider spectrum: House and Electronic music
RC: Your latest track is a mix of the 90s garage house track, Do Me Right, which is such a fun, funky song: what attracted you to this song in particular and what was the process of modernising it like?
ND: I always loved House music from the 90’s and when I got the chance to put my hands on « Do Me Right » with my friend Piem, we decided to stick as much as possible to the original but in giving it a modern twist, especially in the drums and the arrangement
RC: The track is an homage to the New York club scene, what inspires you the most about this scene when making music?
ND: NYC always has been a reference when it comes to underground house music, parties in basements where only connoisseurs would enjoy the music until the morning light. When I make music I usually try to speak to that crowd, see what kind of record could fit in that kind of environment
RC: You’re from France which has an amazing house-industry, how has this shaped you as an artist? Was it difficult to distinguish yourself or was it motivating to be around so many great artists?
ND: That’s true! French music heritage is big, especially in disco and electronic music. It is amazing because it motivates you making music as you are inspired by the best but on the other hand, competition is so tough which doesn’t make it easy to be heard and recognised
RC: Your music is absolutely meant to be danced to in a club, which obviously we have not been able to do for a long time now, how has the lack of live shows affected you? Has it changed your approach to making music?
ND: I make Dance music, that’s a fact, and during this long year without clubs or festival, I didn’t change my sound because these places were not open. I simply changed the direction a little bit, making happier and lighter beats for people to enjoy at home or in their cars for example, so yes it definitely changed my approach to making music
RC: What are you most looking forward to when the pandemic is over?
ND: Simply having fun with people again and sharing some smiles! The world needs more love at the moment! I can’t wait!
RC: You’ve worked with some of the most legendary DJs in the industry such as Avicii and David Guetta, what has been your favourite track you collaborated on and what DJ has inspired you the most?
ND: The track I released with Avicii will always be special and will stay forever in my mind, those special moments in the studio with him…I learnt a lot from him.
I love all types of DJ’s, I don’t have one in particular but I try get inspiration from everyone. There is always something good to take from everyone.
RC: Are there any artists in particular you dream of working with still?
ND: I don’t know…for sure working with Nile Rodgers or Daft Punk would be a dream, but at the same time, it feels good to keep dreamin’ a little
RC: Lastly, if you could pick any festival or venue in the world to play in, which one would it be and why?
ND: I would love to turn back time and play again at Space terrassa or the old Pacha booth in Ibiza…These memories will always be in my head, it was so special, something I never felt before or after!
‘Do Me Right’ is out now, get it here.