Andrew Claristidge’s album release party in the infamous crypt of Urban Spree !
Danser ou mourir
Dance or die
Tanz oder sterben
Bailar o morir
Dans eller dø
Танцевать или умереть
Χορός ή πεθαίνουν
الرقص أو يموت
לרקוד או למות
Andrew’s journey started with reading about the story of the dance plague in 1518 where hundreds of people were seized by an irresistible urge to dance in the streets until exhaustion and death. His favourite song “Etre assis ou danser” from the Berlin based band “Liaisons Dangereuses“ had an even stronger creative trigger after reading this…
For his first solo album, Andrew Claristidge – member of the Parisian duo Acid Washed (Record Makers) decided to fly to Ubu Noir’s studio in Lyon where he knew he could find one EMS synthetizer to start to record a few sounds he wanted to include. The experience was highly stimulating so that back at his studio in Berlin, he had assembled almost all the ideas for his album with the basic concept: You can dance to every kind of music.
At the same time Andrew started a new way of producing: less thinking, more acting. He called it Pragmatic Composing.
During this composing period he was also touring and stopped in Nantes to record a track with another friend and music connoisseur: Leendder.
Next chapter: Andrew exchanged files with Theus Mago, his Mexican friend, to create “dancing plague“ . A dance floor monster was born…
Back to Berlin meeting The Claydermans @ Rodion’s insane studio brought to life “now we dance!“.
Think less, do more… he locked himself in the studio for 2 weeks to finish the whole album… but something was still missing. This album is also about friendship so he met Henning Specht, member of the French band Hypnolove and they recorded the song “modulated choir”, an intense dancefloor piece…
„Danser ou Mourir“ will be released on 2 labels: Mille Feuilles (digital) and WYN&M (vinyl). November 20th. The artwork was created by Océane Moussé.