While France continues as the dominating powerhouse for electro-dance, the growing independent scene keeps churning out all-night-long party DJs, with The Toxic Avenger quickly rising as the premiere Frenchman capable of taking the dancefloor to a new level. Born Simon DeLacroix, the man behind the comic book and B-movie-inspired persona The Toxic Avenger is notorious for his infectiously catchy, self-produced dance-a-thon tunes, but is equally recognised for his perfected remixes, most notably his work with Sexual Earthquake in Kobe’s “Love with Chloë Sevigny”, “Dance Among the Ruins” by Tommie Sunshine featuring Peaches, and Ladytron’s “Ghosts”. Signed to IHEARTCOMIX Records, in 2007, The Toxic Avenger was named by Rolling Stone as “One of the five most influential electronic artists of the year” alongside Justice, LCD Soundsystem, Digitalism and Simian Mobile Disco. Still, music is nothing new to The Toxic Avenger. At the tender age of 12, the tiny Avenger played in various punk bands as a guitarist and vocalist, and a number of short-lived hardcore metal bands, including Comity, who continue to this day. Dropping the punk-hardcore genre, he fell into the electro movement after falling in love with a girl who worked at an electro radio station. Soon after catching the electro bug, he began creating songs on his low-budget computer, quickly mastering his unique sound. Though his dance-inducing electro remains his signature style, The Toxic Avenger draws from a number of distinct influences not directly related to the dance scene. Besides his strange infatuation with Kylie Minogue, whose music he has asked to remix pro bono, The Toxic Avenger pulls from a wide-ranging array of influences: emotronic bands, including Autotune, and soundtracks of 70s and 80s low-budget films. He is also a self-proclaimed super fan of Weezer and the Smiths. The Toxic Avenger has played with many of the current greats including Erol Alkan, MSTRKRFT, Boys Noize, Kavinsky and Crystal Castles. He’s even played what is known as a ‘Zenith’ (a venue of over 10,000 people) in France with Vitalic, and completed two successful six week tours in the US with IHEARTCOMIX founder and fellow DJ, Franki Chan.