The Micronauts is the electronica, house and techno project from Christophe Monier, French DJ and producer.
Christophe Monier had his first revelation while listening to “The Firebird” by Igor Stravinsky in preschool. He was five years old and living in Colombes, a working-class Parisian suburb. Music became his obsession. He learned to play classical piano and guitar, then jazz guitar. Later on, Monier studied visual and audiovisual arts at the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University where one of his professors was the composer Iannis Xenakis.
In the early 1990s, Monier formed the band Discotique with Patrick Vidal to produce the first EP from the first French techno label, Rave Age Records. He was also a founding member of eDEN, legendary collective and first French fanzine dedicated to house and techno, seen as a precursor to French touch (eDEN recently inspired the film of the same name by Mia Hansen-Løve). Monier followed suite with his other groups Impulsion with DJ Pascal R and The Micronauts initially with George Issakidis.
The Micronauts’ first track, “Get Funky Get Down” came out in 1995 along with Daft Punk’s remix of it, their first ever. The Chemical Brothers picked up another of The Micronauts’ tracks, “The Jazz” as well as one by Impulsion to play in each of their sets, putting the former in their mix-album “Brothers Gonna Work It Out” and the latter in their mixtape “In Glint”. Consequently, they asked The Micronauts a remix of their new single “Block Rockin’ Beats”. It was released in 1997 followed by The Micronauts’ remix of “Electricity”, the synthpop classic by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. At the same time, “Rock That House Musiq” by Impulsion came out on the label Loaded from Brighton and became a hit in the big beat scene (it was used as the soundtrack for a memorable sequence in Michael Dowse’s 2004 movie “It’s All Gone Pete Tong”). Christophe Monier’s projects and his highly recognizable acid techno style thus gained a real aura in the UK.
In 1999, The Micronauts signed with Science, a sublabel of Virgin Records UK distributed in the US by Astralwerks. After, they released the single “The Jag” along with a video filmed in Los Angeles by cult director Gregg Araki (he later used this song in the soundtrack for his movie “Splendor”). “The Jag” was chosen by the NME as one of their top 50 singles of the year and 4th track in their Dance category; today it is considered a classic. The NME also named Underworld’s “Bruce Lee (The Micronauts Remix)” as the 3rd best remix of the year. The mini-album “Bleep To Bleep” came out the following year as well as Death In Vegas’ “Dirge (The Micronauts Remix)”.
Christophe Monier decided to concentrate on The Micronauts in 2000, which became his solo project. He remixed Madonna’s “Hollywood”, Mirwais, Scratch Massive, Vive La Fête and started the label Micronautics. In 2004, he put out his track “High Rise”, which became a techno anthem through continuing support from DJs Dave Clarke, Sven Väth and Chris Liebing. In 2007, The Micronauts released on Vitalic’s label Citizen Records a double CD, the first disc was a new album, “Damaging Consent” and the second was a compilation “A Remixes Retrospective”. The single “Reaction” came from this album along with an award-winning video directed by Cyrille de Vignemont. What followed was a period of intensive touring in clubs and festivals.
In 2012, Christophe Monier formed the deep house act Rituel with Thomas Regnault (aka Dew Town Mayor); together they released several acclaimed EPs. The next one is coming out this fall on the London-based label Sleazy Deep. Simultaneously, Monier is putting the finishing touches on his new album as The Micronauts.