BUSY P @ CAKESHOP - SEOUL
DJ, producer, art director, and boss of the Ed Banger Records label created in 2003, Pedro «Busy P» Winter shifted from being an emblematic figure of the Parisian underground to the Frenchman who makes the whole World dance.
At only 38 years old – 12 of which spent managing Daft Punk – the man who discovered Justice is established as the golden man of electronic music. Yet, this former skateboarder, fan of hard rock, stumbled upon his career by chance.
As a real club kid in the early 90’s, he went out every night at the mythic Palace club where he held his first parties in 1995. In that temple of Parisian nightlife, an impressive list of talents with a bright future were to be found. Daft Punk of course, but also Motorbass, Dimitri From Paris, Dj Cam and more.
The ‘French Touch’ was born and Pedro was already a major part of it. One year later while Daft were recording their first album, they asked Pedro to become their manager. His career was launched.
His rise to prominence may echo that of the ‘American dream’, but his success has not produced a shark-like manager, not a hardened businessman. Available and friendly, his energy is contageous. « A lot of people think I plan everything, but I never had any career plan. If I worked a pose, a cool attitude, it would be blindingly obvious. All that happens to me is actually a mixture of chance and luck. I was at the right place at the right moment, the rest is work. » And it has paid off.
Between the Justice hits and the World tours, Pedro is more ‘Busy’ than ever. In many years, he tends to spend almost as much time on planes than in his office. Pedro has played at some of biggest festivals and clubs worldwide. In 2013 the label has 10 years, and Pedro decided to do a 10 cities world tour to celebrate this birthday (New York, Mexico, Londres, Berlin...). In 2014 he launches his own radio (Ed wreck), while he starts a new job at the national radio Le Mouv and swiss one calls Couleur 3, both as a dj-behind the microphone.
And it’s not just in Europe that Ed Rec is making it’s mark. From Los Angeles to Tokyo, Ed Rec mania is taking over, although Pedro reassures « It’s true, people think I am everywhere at the same time. There is always someone from the label touring abroad. This is because we never wanted to limit ourselves to a French or even European vision of our music, but we often play in France and we have the same pleasure playing in Bordeaux as in New York!»
Pedro manages to find the time to diversify his activities, and his brand. Driven by the demand of the fans, he created COOL CATS, becomes CLUB 75, with So Me and Michael Dupouy from LA MJC. The brand sells their merchandise, including limited collaborations and some fresh stuffs.
With an insatiable appetite for new ideas, he follows this up by talking of the upcoming releases of the label. When you ask him if it’s hard blend his work as an artistic director and his own artistic career he smiles «I like mixing things, i’ll be bored being just a DJ and i’ll become nuts being a label manager. The Busy P character allows me to act crazy on stage, it’s kind of a workout for me! But more seriously, my main business is running an exciting label.»