Ivan Smagghe belongs to a top table of DJs that journalists like to lazily describe as The DJ’s DJs. Along a few of his friends, He has the ability to play music like a raw conduit between famously obscure records, but never losing sight on the dancefloor’ strobe soaked bodies, injecting something of himself seamlessly into the mix along the way.
His genre defying/defining production from Black Strobe, It’s A Fine Line and now Smagghe & Cross has connected him and garnered the praise from Trevor Jackson, Vladimir Ivkovic, ALFOS, Optimo, Manfredas and of course, his long time friend Andrew Weatherall, all fellow crusaders in the fight to prove that electronic music is so much more than a one dimensional soundtrack for a night on the lash, and so much more than an Instagram account. In January 2020, Smagghe & Cross released their second LP, 1819, on Offen Music.
Since 2013, after co-running the legendary French Label and parties, Kill The DJ, Ivan has been heading his own imprint, Les Disques De La Mort, an outlet for a unique taste in musique, spanning releases & remixes from long staples (Manfredas, Cosmo Vitelli, Marco Passarani, I-Cube, Red Axes, Roman Fluegel) & special new comers (Elles, Sworn Virgins, Zillas on Acid), always faithful to an instinctively recognisable “style of no style”, the refusal to be pigeonholed.