The artist aggrandizing house music with his culturally enriched sound and undeniable flair, we’ve invited Francis Mercier to amalgamate with Gray Area at The Knockdown Center on April 27th, to showcase one of his burgeoning and genre-binding sets.
We all know that DJs/music producers take inspiration from somewhere, but what Francis Mercier does is something quite extraordinary. Coming directly from the heart, soul and roots of who he is, he completely immerses himself and creates music bound to his rich ancestry and DNA.
Born in the small Latin American country of Haiti, now based between New York and London, Francis Mercier has been reshaping the house music landscape with an ethnically infused sound that blends all of deep tech, melodic, and soulful elements. His powerful Afro house tracks often sample classics from the African diaspora he listened to as a kid growing up in Haiti.
What you may know him best for is his 2022 collaboration with Blond:ish and their hit maker “Sete”. Undeniably one of last year’s tracks that absolutely turned dancefloors all over the globe on their heads, the track also changed the face of his career as a DJ/producer.
This year, he did it again with his track released on Diplo’s Higher Ground with “Kamili’ - a co-production with Zimbabwean DJ/producer Nitefreak, who is a regular collaborator of his signed to his Deep Root Records, and pioneer of the sound. If you’ve heard this track play out at an event, you’ll know just how impactful it is with its soaring, heart-piercing vocals in Swahili from Kenyan percussionist, Idd Aziz.
After attending an Armin van Buuren show over a decade ago, he saved enough to purchase his own controller and began to push his name out there by playing at college parties. He also tried to break into DJing at New York clubs, which he struggled to do without a sizable following, so he played at restaurants and also started throwing his own parties.
Now he’s made his dreams a reality, traveling the globe collaborating with the likes of Diplo, Major Lazer, Black Coffee, Vintage Culture, Keinemusik and more, and is the founder of his own imprint Deep Root Records, that allows Mercier to uplift fellow artists with the skills he’s gained along the way.
Let’s just say, this show is going to be special. He understands the people, pace, and passion of New York city and we can’t wait to see his originality shine through and embrace his energizing stage presence.