Cedric Gervais

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Cedric Gervais
Birth nameCédric DePasquale[1]
Born (1979-06-07) 7 June 1979 (age 41)
Marseille, France
  • Disc jockey
  • record producer
  • actor
  • songwriter
Associated acts

Cédric DePasquale (French pronunciation: ​[sedʁik dəpaskal], born 7 June 1979), better known by his stage name Cedric Gervais (French pronunciation: ​[sedʁik ʒɛʁvɛ]), is a French DJ, record producer and actor residing in Miami Beach, Florida.[2][3][4] In 2013, he produced a remix of Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness", for which he won a Grammy Award.

Life and career[edit]

Gervais was born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône. He was a resident DJ at Paris's Le Queen club. In 1998, he moved to South Beach in Miami Beach. He was 19 years old when he left for Miami, and gained residencies at Crobar (now Cameo) and Nikki Beach, before taking over as DJ at the Club Space Terrace.[5] His first single, "Burning", was released with Ultra Records through their sublabel You. In 2006, his debut album The Experiment, featured the single "Spirit in My Life", also on Ultra Records. His production credits include working with Lenny Kravitz, Deep Dish, Steve Lawler, and Rachel Star.[6]

His single "Mauri's Dream", from 2009, was Pete Tong's Essential Tune of the Week three weeks in a row.[7] In 2011, Gervais released his second album, titled Miamication.

Gervais also has had two record labels of his own, Sleaze (for digital releases) and Sleaze Industries (for physical releases). He operated the labels during the 2000s releasing progressive and tribal house music.

In April 2012 Gervais released the single "Molly",[8] which was accompanied by a very racy music video.[9] The single was another Pete Tong Essential Tune of the Week and was the highest new dance entry in the official UK charts reaching no. 26,[10] whilst the video racked up over 2.5 million views on YouTube.[11] "Molly" reached no. 1 in the Buzz and Cool Cuts charts,[12] and was day time play listed on Radio One and Sirius.[13]

In 2013 he produced a number of remixes: Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness", Willy Moon's "Yeah Yeah", Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" and Borgore's "Decisions".

The "Summertime Sadness" remix reached number one on Beatport and remained there for two weeks in February.[14] The track was the No. 1 added track to US radio with 35 adds throughout summer 2013.[15] The remix was then added to BBC Radio 1's A-List, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart,[16] making it his most successful single to date. The track reached number six on the American Billboard 100,[17] UK iTunes Chart to No. 2 and US iTunes Chart to No. 17. The remix was reviewed in MTV,[18] and The Daily Star.[19] The track also achieved 2x Platinum status in the US.[20] He won a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non Classical for the song.[21]

Michael Bay's 2013 film Pain & Gain featured two of Gervais' tracks, including his hit 'Molly'.[22][better source needed][23] In November 2013, Gervais launched his weekly 'Miamication' Radio Show, which is to be broadcast every Saturday night on SiriusXM.[24] His most recent single, a remix of Miley Cyrus' "Adore You" was released in May 2014 on Spinnin Records. There was also a free giveaway of the track "Hashtag" as a thank you to his fans on Facebook.[citation needed]

In October 2014, Gervais signed to Interscope Records with its related label Polydor Records, in the following month Interscope released his new single "Love Again" on 14 October.[25]

On 28 May 2018, producer Dstar of American disco house group Solidisco accused Gervais of plagiarising their 2013 remix of "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" by The S.O.S. Band in a similarly titled single released by Gervais on 25 May 2018.[26][27] In an Instagram conversation between Gervais and Dstar, Gervais asserted that he had never listened to the remix prior to the incident and claimed that the song structures of the original and his remake were the same.[28] Gervais' management stated that the samples used in the remake were officially licensed, whereas Solidisco had produced an unofficial bootleg. In a statement released by Gervais, he wrote: "I had never heard of this other version, which I'm being accused of plagiarizing, until after we had delivered my single", and mentioned that the bassline which he was accused of stealing was in reality the "original bass line of the S.O.S record" which he had the legal rights to use.[28]

Film career[edit]

Gervais has appeared in a number of films. He appeared in the 2013 movie Pain & Gain directed by Michael Bay, which also featured two of Gervais' tracks "Molly" and "Ready or Not".[29][22]

Cedric also appeared as an actor in the Peter Berg's drama-historic movies Deepwater Horizon and Patriots Day starring Mark Wahlberg, the first in a role with his friend magnate David Grutman.[30] Most recently he played the role of Greg Vickers in Peter Berg's 2018 film Mile 22.[31]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2014 56th Grammy Awards Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical "Summertime Sadness (Remix)" Won
iHeartRadio Music Awards EDM Song Of The Year Nominated

DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ[edit]

Year Position Notes Ref.
2018 87 New entry [32]


  1. ^
    • Ref 1: Miller, Michael E. (27 March 2014). "Cedric Gervais, Miami's Own Mega-DJ, Conquers the Airwaves". Miami: New Times. p. 1. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
    • Ref 2: Miller, Michael E. (27 March 2014). "Cedric Gervais, South Florida's Own Mega-DJ, Conquers the Airwaves". Broward-Palm Beach: New Times. p. 1. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Olympe Network - Hébergement PHP/MySQL gratuit et sans publicité !". www.iledefrance-hotel.com.
  3. ^ – Le producteur français Cédric Gervais nous fais un comeback et au combien remarqué. En effet Madonna elle même à scandé "where is Molly"
  4. ^ Paris Match - Issues 2828-2830 - Page 110 2003 "Les meilleurs D.j. house ou techno jouent là, notamment le Français Cédric Gervais. «A Miami, c'est un fait depuis un ... Les Américains sont convaincus de séjourles Européens dans une Amérique typique."
  5. ^ "Cedric Gervais Bio, Music, News & Shows". DJZ.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2013. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "Production credits". palladium.com. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  7. ^ "Pete Tong Essential Tune Three Weeks in a row". houseplanet.dj. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  8. ^ "Madonna and Deadmau5 Resolve 'Molly' Miami Fest Spat Over Twitter". The Hollywood Reporter. 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  9. ^ "Cedric Gervais – Who Wants Molly? (Preview)". Dancing Astronaut. 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  10. ^ "2012-08-04 Top 40". Official Charts Company. 2012-08-04. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  11. ^ "Cedric Gervais - Molly (Official Music Video) [HD". YouTube. 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  12. ^ "Cool cuts chart 17/05/12". Ukmusic.com. 2012-05-22. Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  13. ^ "Day time playlisted BBC one and Sirius". siriusxm.com. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  14. ^ Lewis, Sean (February 22, 2013). "Cedric Gervais' and Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness" finds a happy home at #1". Beatport. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  15. ^ "Summertime Sadness Remix Chart Position". hot100us.com. Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  16. ^ "#4 in the UK OFFICIAL CHARTS!". Cedric Gervais. August 5, 2013. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  17. ^ "Robin Thicke Leads Hot 100, Katy Perry Holds At No. 2". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-01-06.
  18. ^ "Cedric Gervais: Lana Del Rey Remix Reaction 'Overwhelming'". MTV. August 6, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  19. ^ "A glimmer of hope for Lana Del Rey's Summertime Sadness". Daily Star (United Kingdom). August 3, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  20. ^ Music News Desk. "Cedric Gervais Scores Grammy Nomination for Remix of Lana Del Rey's 'Summertime Sadness'". broadwayworld.com.
  21. ^ "56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners & Nominees". Archived from the original on June 1, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  22. ^ a b "Pain & Gain 2013 Clip - Cedric Gervais - Molly Scene". YouTube. August 12, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  23. ^ "Pain & Gain (2013)". IMDb.
  24. ^ "Miamication Radioshow". siriusxm.com. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  25. ^ Geeks News Desk. "Cedric Gervais Signs To Interscope Records/Polydor". broadwayworld.com.
  26. ^ "Cedric Gervais Accused of Plagiarizing Solidisco in His Release – 'Do It Tonight'". EDM Sauce. May 29, 2018. Archived from the original on May 30, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  27. ^ "Do It Tonight - Single by Cedric Gervais on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  28. ^ a b Meadow, Matthew (May 29, 2018). "Cedric Gervais Called Out for Allegedly Ripping Another Producer's Track". Your EDM. Archived from the original on May 30, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  29. ^ Pain & Gain, retrieved 2018-09-04
  30. ^ "Cedric Gervais". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  31. ^ Mile 22 (2018), retrieved 2018-09-04
  32. ^ "Poll 2018: Cedric Gervais". DJMag.com.

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