He had ten days left in Paris, so fittingly we got an interview with Jeremie Khlat, DJ at Le Montana. Heâ€™s moving to New York, but heâ€™ll be back in town for Fashion Week and Cannes, at least. Â Heâ€™s best friends and sound design partners with Adrien Wend, loves tequila (â€œIâ€™m drinking patron every night,â€) and letâ€™s just say weâ€™re not the first to call him a playboy. Who better to give our readers some love advice?
I met him at his St. Germain apartment, where he was still in his pyjamas at 2 in the afternoon. He ate eggs and smoked cigarettes; we drank champagne.
So first tell me a little bit about what you do.
So Iâ€™m a DJ. Mostly Iâ€™m DJing right now, like every night, kind of, and traveling a lot. But I used to be an art director, like Adrien. I ran ChaCha at the beginning, for the first two years before it was sold. And then Iâ€™m also a journalist; I work at Jalouse magazine, Iâ€™m still writing for Lâ€™Officiel. For them, party stuff, fashion stuff once in awhile. But mostly now Iâ€™ve begun a career in sound design, for shops and stuff, plus fashion shows. And DJing, DJing a lot! Clubs, after parties, in Paris, and a lot in New York, and thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m moving, because itâ€™s working super well in New York. I need a change, and Iâ€™m trying different places.
And youâ€™re at Le Montana full time now.Â
So the thing is that when I stopped ChaCha I was searching for another place, kind of cool, and I was friends with people from Montana, so I took over Montana. I began as a DJ a few nights a week, but then it became more intense, so I became the music director, like booking DJs and sometimes parties, especially for fashion week. Mostly Iâ€™m doing three or four nights a week.
Whatâ€™s the best pickup line youâ€™ve heard in a club?
Iâ€™m using a sentence which is kind of cool, itâ€™s funny. I really like this movie Cocktail; itâ€™s this old one with Tom Cruise, from the 80s. Itâ€™s kind of clichÃ©, the guy has just arrived in town, he wants to be a bartender, he becomes a bartender, he wants to open a club. He becomes kind of hype and everything. He moves to Jamaica to make money, and thereâ€™s this scene in Jamaica, the girl that he loves comes back. In like probably two years, they havenâ€™t seen each other. The girlâ€™s sitting at the bar, itâ€™s like beachy and sunny and everything. The girlâ€™s saying like, â€œHey.â€ The bartenderâ€™s saying, â€œWhat do you want to drink?â€ Sheâ€™s saying, â€œA beer,â€ and heâ€™s saying like, â€œMy kind of woman.â€ But the thing is in French, the translation is â€œUne femme selon mon coeur,â€ and itâ€™s kind of funny, so when a girl is like, â€œI want a beer,â€ Iâ€™m like, â€œMm, femme selon mon coeur.â€ Itâ€™s kind of funny and the girls are all like, â€œMm, love him.â€
Worst would totally be, â€œYouâ€™re beautiful. Want to have a drink?â€ Shit like that, like everybodyâ€™s saying.
Do you flirt at work, or do you think itâ€™s distracting?
No, actually itâ€™s part of the job. When you are director, you have to flirt, every time. But itâ€™s not like flirt sexual stuff, itâ€™s seduction. You need people to love you, to think you have something. When youâ€™re a DJ itâ€™s different because youâ€™re mostly busy, every minute, doing something, touching buttons, so you donâ€™t really have time. But at the same time, when you DJ, there is all those girls who are watching for you and thinking, â€œOh, heâ€™s cute, oh heâ€™s cool, blah blah.â€ So you donâ€™t even have to do anything. Theyâ€™re coming. Theyâ€™re trying to find a pretext to talk to you, a song, whatever, a friend in common, to just be around and hang in the booth. Itâ€™s kind of funny. But yeah yeah yeah, Iâ€™m flirting a lot. I mean when Iâ€™m single, obviously itâ€™s night life you have beautiful girls, so yeah yeah, itâ€™s like smiling, touching, dancing, whatever.
So whatâ€™s the best pickup line a girl has used on you?
Every night, a girl has come and said to me like, â€œYouâ€™re cute, but you know that.â€ Shit like that. That happened last week. And Iâ€™m like playing the naive one, like â€œNo, I donâ€™t know.â€
They always like to say like, â€œOh, I saw you last week at this partyâ€ and Iâ€™m like, â€œI wasnâ€™t there.â€ You have to know that about me, Iâ€™m super bitchy. Iâ€™m not really cool. Because Iâ€™m seeing so many people and they try to like talk to you and be around you. Itâ€™s funny though–fashion people fascinate all the others, like actors or whatever. Theyâ€™re looking at you in a different way. Youâ€™re just normal people, you hang out you work, you have fun, but they think youâ€™re different. Itâ€™s boring. At some point you have to put a limit, because if not thereâ€™s a hundred people coming to talk to you every night, and youâ€™re just tired of talking, thatâ€™s all. So you become kind of bitchy, to put this barrier. At some point people said I was like pretentious and everything, but you have to do that.
I donâ€™t know, last weekend a girl came and she was in the booth and she was a model and she was kind of cheesy, like hang out at VIP room and all the stuff, you know, so Iâ€™d never seen her. She came and talked to me and asked for a song and I was like, â€œNah, I donâ€™t have that.â€ And she was like, â€œYeah, but still can I talk to you?â€ And I said, â€œYeah, sure.â€ And so she came in the booth and she sat and she like kept asking questions, and I was DJing and so busy and not being able to really talk, you know. And she said to me, well itâ€™s cool to meet you and Iâ€™m like â€œYeah, I havenâ€™t seen you at Montana, itâ€™s weird.â€ And she was like, â€œyeah, this is the first time.â€ So Iâ€™m like, â€œWell, cool. Also Iâ€™m moving to New York so this is probably the first and the last time,â€ and sheâ€™s like, â€œWhen are you moving to New York?â€ I said, â€œIâ€™m moving in two weeks.â€ And sheâ€™s like, â€œNo, itâ€™s not going to be the last time Iâ€™m going to come every night.â€ So thatâ€™s a funny thing.
Yeah, thatâ€™s cute.Â
Weâ€™ll see tonight, though.
I mean, theyâ€™re not really good at that, girls. I think weâ€™re better, boys. We grew up that way [having to flirt], so we needed to know. Girls, they just come with the heart and the smile and the, â€œI like you.â€ And youâ€™re like, â€œCool.â€
Right, they donâ€™t play the game as much.Â
Nah, not really.
So whatâ€™s your favorite thing to see on the dancefloor? Is there a certain sexy way a girl could dance?
I really love the New York style, like how a girl wears clothes, and how a girl dances. Itâ€™s less girly, itâ€™s more crazy, gay, punk dancey stuff. I used to say I met a girl once and I fell in love with her actually because she wasnâ€™t dancing in the beat. It was the opposite. She wasnâ€™t in the beat, and it was so cute. [At this point he puts his arms up to imitate her]. So yeah, I love to see girls dancing, and how they move like crazy, punk, underground stuff. I donâ€™t like girls dancing bitchy; I hate that.
Wait so dancing bitchy is like what, like hips? All the hips?
Itâ€™s horrible! Itâ€™s unattractive, itâ€™s unsexual, itâ€™s vulgar, and I hate vulgar.
Iâ€™m trying to think though, what does that entail? Like getting down on the ground kind of thing?
Yeah, like [Jeremie stands up and sticks his ass out] ass, like trying to be sexy. I think we like more–like with this generation of hipsters–we love people dancing with rock and roll. Itâ€™s more aggressive, itâ€™s more telling a story, living the song. Theyâ€™re not trying to impress, theyâ€™re just happy about the song. Even if they donâ€™t really know how to dance, itâ€™s cool. Itâ€™s just like, moves. Moves are always better than trying to make a dance. Moves are the best.
I remember not during this fashion week, probably the September one, I met two girls, two Italian girls, theyâ€™re doing fashion, launching some magazine. I donâ€™t know which one, they were hosting a party at Maximâ€™s a few days after and so theyâ€™re coming to Montana. And Iâ€™m like, â€œDamn, itâ€™s been a long time since Iâ€™ve met people like you.â€ Two girls–I thought they were straight but they werenâ€™t–dancing together but in a punk way. So into it, like on Joy Division stuff, like on drugs, like in a fucking other galaxy. And I was like damn, this is so amazing just looking at you. Iâ€™m just happy, my night is done now.
Sometimes you meet some people that have an aura, something different that lives in themselves. And itâ€™s really cool. Sometimes I meet people [whoâ€™re] kind of crazy. Drugs help, Iâ€™m sure.
Okay, so you think American girls are better dancers than French girls?Â
Uh, you canâ€™t say that because in America theyâ€™re all slut dancing, but cool American girls coming to Paris are better, yeah.
Is song requesting ever a good thing?
This is the nightmare of DJs. The joke about that is like at Montana, we wrote a paper where itâ€™s written, â€œNo Requests. Iâ€™m not a jukebox.â€ And everybody sees it and now when people come ask Iâ€™m just showing the paper and Iâ€™m not even talking. So yeah, itâ€™s a nightmare because itâ€™s always bad songs, itâ€™s always like, â€œYou have to play for the clients!â€ You donâ€™t. Youâ€™re the boss. They donâ€™t understand that. Itâ€™s inappropriate, itâ€™s annoying. They donâ€™t understand also that sometimes Iâ€™m trying to explain: â€œYou come, but you know a hundred people come. What if two hundred people come, every night, asking for a song? Iâ€™m playing what I want!â€ Still, sometimes when people are cool you can talk about music stuff and play something theyâ€™ll like if you like it, and if itâ€™s cool if it fits the atmosphere or the moment of the night.
Right now, if a girl were to a request a song, what would you be happy about?
Actually I have a super amazing joke about that. We were at a Purple party, Iâ€™m DJing with Adrien during this fashion week. Party is amazing: best people, crowd, dancing a lot. And at the end of the night, itâ€™s less crowded, and there is this amazing girl. Sheâ€™s a model, sheâ€™s French, sheâ€™s dancing. And sheâ€™s that beautiful that we keep looking at her for like 20 minutes and weâ€™re like â€œWhoâ€™s this girl, we need to talk to her.â€ And right after we said that, the girl is coming to us: â€œHey, do you have like deep minimal house?â€ And weâ€™re like â€œOkay whatever go, go away now.â€ And so it was the thing. Like sometimes when girls are cute but theyâ€™re asking you shit songs, you donâ€™t like them anymore.
But, what about they come and they ask you the best song ever? Youâ€™re like, oh my god sheâ€™s cute plus sheâ€™s probably cool. So the cool things are mostly rock and roll, indie stuff. The girl who comes and asks me for New Order? Iâ€™m like come come come. Come here and give me your number.
I donâ€™t know, like rock and roll stuff. It proves youâ€™re simple, youâ€™re cool, you have this way of thinking. And Iâ€™m really happy when girls ask for indie because itâ€™s not really dancing music and people listen less to indie music here in France than they do in New York. And it proves also that we have kind of the same taste. So yeah, indie music is cool. I kind of love disco, like super happy mood. So Iâ€™m DJing a lot of disco. And also I love when people ask me for old hip hop, like 90s, 2000s stuff.
Whatâ€™s the hottest thing a girl can wear in the club? What clothes do you like to see?
I said that to a girl, a week ago too. She was flirting with me, and asking me that: â€œWhat turns you on the most?â€ My answer could have been really sexual, but actually I said to her, I love a girl in pants, with a white [tank top], without a bra, dancing. And Iâ€™m just like, thatâ€™s fucking beautiful.
So yeah, simple. I really love girls wearing manâ€™s stuff, or being kind of manly. My ex-girlfriend was super hot, tall blonde, cool girl, but she was wearing pants and a t-shirt going out. And thatâ€™s the cool thing, like youâ€™re grunge, you donâ€™t give a shit. I love like girls without big boobs or whatever, like manly like Lou Douillon. Like, you know, those girls just wearing a perfecto and itâ€™s fun. But still, like an amazing dress on a Â girl can be amazing and super sexy, there is no rules.
Do you think itâ€™s possible to find love in the club?
We have this discussion often with friends of nightlife because weâ€™re like, weâ€™re meeting a lot of girls–we have an amazing job for that–but at the same time, could we meet the right one because this is nightclubs? And even if sheâ€™s here, sheâ€™s not going to be in this mood. Sheâ€™s here for having fun, sheâ€™s here for like a make-out, getting drunk, meeting people. I would say two answers: obviously not, because you donâ€™t even think sheâ€™s cool if sheâ€™s coming to hang out that much. But at the same time, what about this girl, sheâ€™s working that day, sheâ€™s never going out. And thereâ€™s this dinner thing, and then after she goes to a bar, and then after she doesnâ€™t want to go to sleep, and at 1 am sheâ€™s saying, â€œWhatever, letâ€™s just go to a club and dance!â€ And this is this night. You never saw her, you meet her. She never goes out, but tonight sheâ€™s here, and sheâ€™s cool.
I met my other girlfriends a lot in nightlife because we were in the same world of fashion and nightlife, and DJing, too. You meet people because theyâ€™re doing the same thing as you, they hang with the same crowd and everything. I donâ€™t know if Iâ€™m going to find the girl of my dreams in a club. But the thing is, Iâ€™m not working in an office. Iâ€™m not having lunch every 12 am day. Iâ€™m in clubs every night, so this is my territory, this is my job. So I hope cool girls will come in clubs too. And there are cool people coming in clubs, but there are also girls you never see because you spend your life in clubs, and you miss all the others. You canâ€™t have everything.
article:Â Ella Riley-AdamsÂ
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