Photography: Stephane Gaboué

Club Reg­u­lars 004: Vin­cent Frederic-Colombo

One of the faces behind Paris’s burgeoning Creole scene.

Wel­come to Club Reg­u­lars – The Face’s series spot­light­ing the DJs, pro­mot­ers, per­form­ers and activists with love for their local scenes.

French-born and Guade­loupe-raised Vin­cent Fred­er­ic-Colom­bo is a port­fo­lio Parisi­enne. He is at once art direc­tor, mod­el scout, styl­ist, design­er and found­ing mem­ber of LA CRE­OLE par­ty col­lec­tive. The crew — Vin­cent plus Fan­ny Vigu­ier, Geof­frey Cochard and Steven Jacques — are proud fol­low­ers of French philoso­pher Édouard Glissant’s school of Cre­o­lite, a cel­e­bra­tion of Cre­ole as a glob­al iden­ti­ty and a source of pow­er and self-worth. Fan­ny and Vin­cent have worked togeth­er since 2014 on mul­ti-dis­ci­pli­nary fash­ion and pho­tog­ra­phy projects called CRE­OLE SOUL, a man­i­festo to defend the Cre­ole iden­ti­ty”. Geof­frey and Steven came on board in 2017 and their already-leg­endary, edge-of-the-city raves grew organ­i­cal­ly from the col­lec­tive real­i­sa­tion that their exhi­bi­tion after-par­ty was the most turn up” night in town. 

How did you first devel­op a pas­sion for raving?

It was around 2010 when I start­ed to get into the fash­ion after-show scene. I met peo­ple from under­ground scenes like Trou aux bich­es, Flash Cocotte and the par­ties by Aladin like Poney Club. Or more recent­ly I’ve been lov­ing Peri­pate — pri­vate non-con­formist par­ties thrown by an exclu­sive group of friends tak­ing place in illic­it places. 

What’s spe­cial about your local club scene?

The Parisian scene is real­ly eclec­tic. There are a lot of good col­lec­tives and pro­mot­ers who are real­ly ani­mat­ing things. A lot of Paris nightlife used to take place in more indus­tri­al areas, where­as now it’s refresh­ing to see rooftop and ter­race par­ties in spring and sum­mer. It’s also more inter­est­ing now that nightlife is expand­ing out to the suburbs. 

What’s spe­cial about your par­ty in particular?

We want­ed this par­ty to be an exper­i­men­tal meet­ing of Jamaican soundsys­tem cul­ture and an under­ground Berlin par­ty with vogue beats and Car­ni­val rhythms. We cre­ate an inter-cul­tur­al place, pro­mote diverse music and enable a dia­logue between the cre­ole way’ and Euro­pean club­bing cul­ture. We’re one of the rare col­lec­tives in town play­ing bouy­on, kon­pa, qcom, afrobeats, gab­ber, uk funky, zouk, gwo ka, baile funk and cumbia all in the same party.

What chal­lenges does your scene face?

The con­cept of what cre­ole means is often mis­un­der­stood — it’s com­plex and peo­ple need time to under­stand it for them­selves. We’re deter­mined to con­tin­ue ask­ing questions.

If some­one is vis­it­ing Paris for a week­end, where do you rec­om­mend that they go?

I real­ly like the atmos­phere of Puce de Saint-Ouen flea mar­ket. You can find fake lux­u­ry items, sec­ond hand clothes and antique fur­ni­ture. It’s a mix of pop and bobo worlds. For club­bing I rec­om­mend le Chi­nois and la Mar­brerie in Mon­treuil. There’s also La Sta­tion at Aubervil­liers — it’s bit out of cen­tral Paris, like a lit­tle Brooklyn.

Photography: Aurélien Nobécourt-Arras

Of all the stuff you’ve achieved so far, what are you most proud of?

We threw the open­ing par­ty at Hyères Fes­ti­val. Hyères means a lot to me because I applied three times to the com­pe­ti­tion between 2015 and 2018 and made it to the pre-selec­tion twice. Now it feels like it’s com­ing full-cir­cle — I always want­ed to rep­re­sent my vision at the con­test, and this year we were there, inter-min­gling cre­ole music with the future of the fash­ion industry.

Any oth­er DJs/​promoters/​performers from the scene you’d like to shout out?

Syl­vere, Lazy Flow, Teki Latex, Crys­tallMess, Christophe Mar­ti­non and Rinse France have been there since the begin­ning. With their col­lab­o­ra­tion and their ded­i­ca­tion we’ve been able to crys­tallise our con­cept and make LA CRE­OLE what it is today.

Any dream guests at future parties?

So many! Dip­lo, Black Cof­fee, Bian­ca Obliv­ion, Man­ara, DJ Mike Q, Vjuan Allure, Prin­cipé, Moon­shine, Kay­trana­da. But along­side the head­lin­er names we’ll always be search­ing for local emerg­ing talents.

@vincentfredericcolombo


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