Jeremy “Underground Paris” doesn’t do things by halves. Recently he took up running, but not, like most, around the local park when he had the energy—instead he’s training for the 42km Marathon de Paris. If he goes on holiday, he goes backpacking, alone, to somewhere like Kyrgyzstan, the South Caucasus or, should things go to plan this summer, Iran.
“I love ex-Soviet countries,” he says, full of enthusiasm and nervous energy from his flat in the Eastern suburbs of Paris. “I fell in love with them when I was younger and so now I’m always chasing my kiddie dreams.” That’s not the only childhood dream the man born Jeremy Fichon is chasing. His main passion is house music, and it has been since the age of ten, when a chance rotation of the radio dial locked an oblivious youth into the sound. It was one of DJ Deep’s regular shows on France’s long running Radio Nova, where the likes of Laurent Garnier also featured.
“Back then [in 1997], Deep was specialised in New York house, he was the ambassador of that music. He was famous for it in the ’90s. The first time I heard about Kerri Chandler was through DJ Deep.” He was hooked. “I asked my mum to take me to a shop so I could buy that sort of music. I was only ten years old. We’d go in places that don’t exist anymore—one called Rough Trade, one called BPM—and ask for ‘house and deep house records’ because I didn’t know about the artists at the time. The guys in the shop gave me nice records and that’s how it all started for me, being a really young kid and going into shops with my mum and just asking for deep house.”