Grammy nominee Luke Mourinet has been turning heads with his remix skills since 1991. Starting out as a weekend club DJ in Paris, he soon relocated to London and worked with Pete Waterman, serving as a French-market talent scout, songwriter, and recording engineer for Pete Waterman Entertainment.
Following his London stint, Mourinet briefly returned to France and produced remixes for Indra, Abyale, Jordy, Bla Bla Posse, and Julie Hamilton. Shortly thereafter Mourinet relocated again to Belgium at the urging of his publisher. Once there, he paired up with Jean Marie Moens, and the remix duo of Ruff & Jam (with Mourinet as Jam) was born.
The collaboration paid quick dividends when the pair produced Kylie Minogue’s “Love at First Sight,” a Billboard number 1 hit that earned a Grammy nomination. This opened the door to a series of collaborations with A-list artists like Craig Armstrong, Robbie Williams, Amy Winehouse, Frou Frou, The Killers, Marianne Faithful, Sophie Ellis Bextor, and Axelle Red.
Shortly after these efforts, Mourinet started a Chicago house-influenced project under name Fortun8 Fellaz, with releases quickly scooped up by Fatboy Slim’s Southern Fried Records. Meanwhile, he started his own label, Mornay Music, and earned a gold record for co-production work on Belgium’s Idols “More to Me,” which remained at number 1 for five weeks.
Of late, Mourinet has made some changes. His most recent project boasts the moniker “Luke Mornay,” his surname altered in homage to his mother’s stage name. Mourinet has also recently changed his choice of production tools. A longtime devotee of Cubase and Nuendo, Mourinet has switched to PreSonus Studio One Professional and isn’t looking back.
“I can’t really speak of love at first sight because I’m pretty loyal to the software I believed in,” Mourinet states. “Studio One was the first software to shake that conviction. I know some people can easily jump from one software to another, but I’m not one of them.”
Mourinet continues, “Studio One seduced me in many ways. It was incredibly smart, very stable, sounded great, was easy to use, and responded well to the stress I put it through. I liked the way everything stayed organized; I was going from amazement to amazement, truly excited,” he beams, “and that’s the most important thing. When a DAW puts you in condition to be inspired and creative, it makes you feel that the sky’s the limit.”
Changing gears to Studio One Professional after years spent in other DAWs had Mourinet concerned at first but those fears were quickly laid to rest. Mourinet is quick to champion Studio One’s ease of use to those considering making the switch. “The number of formats it can read and export to is just crazy,” he states. “The ability to import from Nuendo format is a life-saver. The Project section allows me to master with ease, with all the tools right where I need them. I can deliver masters in all industry standards, and even produce DDP files! Last but not least, accessing media via the browser in Studio One is just phenomenal; I could go on for hours.”
He nearly does. “Resistance is futile! After flirting for some time with Studio One, and few missed dates, we finally got married,” he laughs. “Seriously, I couldn’t be happier. PreSonus has taken care of what we need today; I’m pretty confident that they’ll do the same with what we’ll need tomorrow.
“I have some people I’m working with who are making the switch to Studio One, and I don’t feel like I had to ‘sell’ it to them,” Mourinet states. “I know that they trust my instinct, but more than that, they’re really amazed when they see what Studio One is capable of. It’s so clear and fast, without hassles.”