Inspired by his myriad travel endeavors, cultural upbringing, and musical awakenings, Adrien Guyot is a breath of fresh air to the electronic music scene in Miami. The curious French newcomer arrived to Miami five years ago in search of something unique and raw in this multicultural city, and has shaped its signature dark house and techno roots into ones that are more natural, spiritual, and ethnically infused.
In the Miami music scene, Adrien goes by the moniker, Apache, which is derived from the apache revolver that was made notorious by the French underworld figures of the early 1900’s who were known as “les apaches.” The unique design and functionality of the handgun correlates with the versatile genres that Adrien embodies in his DJ sets, like Berlin and Detroit house, Latin jazz, and African and Balearic percussions. Although the lively DJ has played in various urban places around the world, he wishes to explore Peru and smaller scenes with more indigenous and historically rich places by bringing a European vibe that connects to both contrasting worlds.
Living in far-fetched places like Australia, Singapore, and Mexico have infused a genuine spark and curiosity in him for new sounds and diverse people. From his travel overseas, he became heavily influenced by African and Latin music, but over the past few years, he learned about spiritual house and desired to make a beneficial change in the music scene here in Miami that can be seen as quite disappointing at times. “I’ve wanted to get out of the dark club scene. . . that environment where everyone around you takes drugs and doesn’t pay much attention to the music, staying up until dawn the next day. It’s kind of like slowly killing yourself.” He reinforces how with this type of newfound spiritual house music, there’s something very powerful happening and shifting in the scene where you can actually enjoy yourself in these little moments, be socially connected with other people, and immerse yourself with nature.
People are surrounded by greenery here in Florida, but they’re not connected to it. He argues that “it’s ironic how the malls are packed on a Sunday here in Miami, but the gardens and parks are empty.” Because this city has become so commercial, Apache hopes to bring “life” into these lackluster neighborhoods. About 2 years ago, Adrien co-founded a new type of multisensorial festive experience called Soundtuary that aims to spread good energy through music in an all-encompassing, outdoor environment. It’s been a successful bimonthly event project that has attracted “soundtuarians,” a community of people who express this concept and seek this underground trend that’s currently being brought to light. The types of people seeking this enlightenment of music are Burning Man attendees, entrepreneurs, and fans who go to Mykonos, Ibiza, or Tulum. Witnessing the compelling effect of this spiritual house music first-hand has enabled Adrien to “see the positive impact on how music can actually heal people and feed the soul.” For any ambitious DJ, it’s evident that if you’re driven by the music, the crowd will follow, and regardless of wherever you go in life, the majority of your experience in that place depends on the people that surround you there.
Adrien has always seen the industry as something that can be molded, for “if you don’t like something and want to change it, you have to do it yourself.” It’s a challenge that enables the savvy artist to be aware of minute details of his events, be culturally educated, and socially aware in this industry. In 2019, he plans on building upon his Soundtuary events by creating a full moon party on a local level while incorporating more art and live musicians into his shows. He aspires to play one day at Day Zero in Tulum, and will actually be showcasing his talent in this ancient, beautiful city on January 10th. Be sure to catch the dynamic artist play iii Points this upcoming February, and trend his latest events now on Instagram and Resident Advisor.