UPDATE – DATES HAVE CHANGED!! Touring in OCT
In my opinion, (and many others), Etienne De Crecy, is one of the Godfathers of French House music. In 1996, even before the massive success of Daft Punk’s debut album “Homework”, there were two French dance albums, only available as imports, that were on every discerning dance fan’s shopping list. Etienne’s “Superdiscount” and his collaboration with Cassius member Philippe Zdar, as Motorbass. This collaboration was “Pansoul”, and it is widely considered the body of work that kick-started the entire wave of French dance artist albums. I am BEYOND ECSTATIC that he is coming to tour North America. I have been on a personal mission to have him play one of my events for well over 5 years now, “Pansoul” is one of my most prized pieces in my vinyl collection. Etienne is a gifted and brilliant producer. He has remixed Air, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk, The Bravery, and released music on labels such as V2, Virgin, Mute, Gomma, Kistune, Turbo, Casual, EMI, XL, Astralwerks, BMG, and Poumtchak. His sets, both live and DJ are spectacular, and his return to North America is long overdue. Coming off a wicked “Daft Summer” Etienne brings the French revolution full circle and finishes off the summer in style.
Etienne De Crecy Biography
A lot has changed since Etienne de Crecy’s “Superdiscount” project took the world by storm in 1997. One can question the influence of the striking “Superdiscount” concept and artwork on the introduction of the Euro and the subsequent increase in retail prices resulting in the rapid rise of discount outlets, but no one will question the influence the album had on electronic music.
“Superdiscount” started a journey that eventually led to St Germain, Air, Daft Punk, Cassius, Stardust and Bob Sinclair. With its supermarket concept and aptly minimalist design, it was a vivid demonstration of the huge talent of such performers who were to astonish the world over the next few years.
Etienne de Crecy demonstrated his rich talent as a producer with the projects La Chatte Rouge and particularly the Motorbass album “Pansoul” which was released in 1996.
Motorbass was collaboration with Zdar (Cassius) and first alerted the world to the rapidly evolving dance music scene. Less than a year after the “Pan soul” album Etienne released the “Superdiscount” album, offering his own tunes as well as productions of Air and Alex Gopher. It included the legendary house classic “Prix Choc”. Apart from launching a whole new wave of talent, “Superdiscount” established Etienne de Crecy as one of the most trend-setting producers of his time.
Etienne de Crecy went on to release his first solo album “Tempovision” in 2001. He entered the studio for a planned three months to work on this project and he came out after one year to deliver a digital soul album, catering for both the underground and the mainstream with a new vision, new collaborations and a new destination. A brilliant music video series between 3D and cartoon for the songs “Am I Wrong”, “Scratched” and “Tempovision”, directed by Geoffroy de Crecy completed this new project and demonstrated the importance of the design concept for Etienne.
Etienne de Crecy is one of the leading figures of the electronic music scene, a scene that still has a major influence on dance music in particular and pops music in general. Recently Etienne’s and Alex Gofer’s remix of the Kraftwerk song Aerodynamick became a big dance tune.
2004, Superdiscount 2 was launched. There were 4 limited runs of 10″ releases across the summer making up the strikingly simplistic pink design of the album, due at the end of the summer. The music sounds fresh and advanced and alongside Etienne de Crecy features some of the great talents such as Philippe Zdar, Alex Gopher, DJ Mehdi, Boom Bass or Julien Delfaud.
So, back to the good old days? No, and it certainly is not about there being a revival. Even if the Superdiscount concept was born in 1997, the music is still one step ahead like the first album. It is all about freshness and spontaneity; bringing a new wave of sound into the clubs. So it might change a lot of things again….