A Parisian nightlife autobiography told in 300 t-shirts

French DJ and producer Cyril Etienne des Rosaies (aka DJ Deep) chose to link anecdotes, meetings and tales of nightlife to his huge T-shirt collection.

Each T-shirt is a tale, and their sequence can tell a life story. This is how the autobiographical book Chaotic Harmony unfolds. A Tshirt Non-Collection (Headbangers Publishing) by French DJ and producer Cyril Etienne des Rosaies, aka DJ Deep.

Son of Danielle Luquet de Saint Germain, Yves Saint Laurent’s model and muse, and grew up among incredible haute couture collections and the Parisian DJ sets of the late 1980s, DJ Deep is one of the protagonists of the spread of house culture in Paris.

It took a book – and more than three hundred T-shirts – to put the episodes of Cyril Etienne des Rosaies’ life in order. The story of a character often hidden in the shadows, a fair lifestyle away from the media, very few interviews, described as a “radical in his choices and in his refusal to compromise when his profession is involved”.

In fact, the life of a DJ and producer who moves through the most central clubs and recording studios (8th, 9th, 10th arrondissements) of the French capital cannot be imagined differently: environments – and attitudes – quite different from those of his New York colleagues.

It is the life of a collector – the T-shirts, but also his fifty thousand vinyls, are stored in several garages around the city – who lives of contamination, of travels between Europe and the United States, and the still-life photos of these T-shirts are the synthesis of a story that goes far beyond the pages of the book.

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