While he's earned his reputation as a musician and club DJ, Garnier admits that his heart belongs in radio ("This has been my dream since I was like 12 or 13"). Five years ago, the DJ was thrilled to be employed by French station Radio Nova as a programmer and, once he'd left, was determined to start his own web radio station. Now his dream has become a reality with Pedro Broadcast (www.pedrobroadcast.com).
Both analogue and digital mixers are featured, in the shape of the Mackie eight-buss and Yamaha 03D respectively.
"I went to see a web designer and got him to build a program for me. I said I wanted to have 10 or 15 different pages — one house, one techno, one reggae, one Latino and world music, blah blah blah. And I wanted to have five different timings — one clock for Saturday night, one for Sunday, one for during the week, so I could have different kinds of colours in the programming of the radio station. From that, those clocks are picking tracks and every hour you've got a new clock coming with new tracks.
"I have a normal playlist like any radio station, but the rotation is not half as heavy as a normal radio station. I work on it for a couple of hours every day, but I know that if I don't for 10 days, the radio station can just programme itself. You wouldn't know, you as a listener, if I'm here or not. Basically a track is played every 12 days on a 24-hour basis. There's much more music in there than what there should be for a normal radio station."
Last summer, Garnier took Pedro Broadcast to Ibiza, renaming it FUFM and broadcasting 24 hours a day across the island. "I'd love to do it in Paris but within a day I'd be in prison. The radio stations are much much more powerful than anywhere else. For FUFM, I redid the rotations — I took off all the punk stuff because it's not really relevant to play the Sex Pistols in Ibiza at six o'clock in the afternoon. So I built a playlist that was faster at night and deeper during the day. I brought my two computers with me and I bought a transmitter and an antenna and put it on top of the house I rented."
You have to suspect that, techno skills aside, Laurent Garnier remains a devout punk rocker at heart.
"Absolutely!" he exclaims. "We do what we can to get the music across. Rock and roll, man!