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Biography: Stephane Pompougnac

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It takes a lot to preside over the pinnacle of Parisian chic, yet Stephane Pompougnac, lounge guru to the A-list, has been spinning his unique brand of seductive chillout for the past decade.

Effortlessly hip, the French king of cool paints aural pictures with global sounds, layering them to create his laid-back lounge music. His masterful mixes strike the perfect balance between soul and chic; his eclectic influences range from nostalgic film music to dub to house.

Born in Paris in 1968, Pompougnac grew up in Bordeaux and returned to the French capital to DJ. Following stints at Privilège, Diable des Lombards and Les Bains Douche, in 1997 he was asked by Jean-Louise Costes to DJ at his hotel. Pompougnac's sultry sounds proved a hit, and his subliminal cool combined with the Hotel Costes's opulent excess to make the perfect Paris match. This symbiosis resulted in the first Hotel Costes compilation CD, released in 1999 and seized by the in-crowd as the must-have soundtrack to their jet set lifestyle.

Since then, Pompougnac's reach has grown. He has worked with Madonna, danced with Nicole Kidman and played movie premieres, catwalk shows and celebrity parties hosted by the likes of Cameron Diaz, Mick Jagger and Christy Turlington. The Hotel Costes CD series has continued to grow, and Pompougnac has also mixed a CD for Saks Fifth Avenue, while his 2003 solo album, "Living on the Edge," which featured REM's Michael Stipe, was hailed for its fresh, intelligent mixes.

"Hotel Costes, Volume 9" was released in September 2006.



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