Vitalic (foto)
NaamPascal Arbez-Nicolas
FunctieDJ, live act
Genreselectro, techno
Vitalic's third album 'Rave Age' does not mess around. The French producer has made a beast of a record that takes the laser-guided disco for which he's known to an altogether wilder but no less euphoric place. This is a savage and carefree statement from a dancefloor visionary who's spent the last decade redefining electronic music in his own particular fashion and has decided, as only he can, to keep things simple.

"With this album I really wanted to play the songs live," says Pascal Arbez-Nicolas from his home in Dijon. "The music on my last album 'Flashmob' was relaxed and it was difficult to work the tracks into the live set. This time I was really thinking about the show. I was not thinking about the press or hipsters. I make my stuff and the point is to make some funny stuff and to play it live - voila."

This sounds like fighting talk from Pascal, but having made his name with two exquisitely poised sets of romantic disco and searing techno, 2005's 'OK Cowboy' and 2009's 'Flashmob', 'Rave Age' finds the 36-year-old letting his hair down, so to speak, and composing tracks that came to him quickly, naturally, under no pressure. Written with the Mediterranean in mind in his home studio during the first half of 2012 and then mixed in Paris, 'Rave Age' contains some of Pascal's most direct and powerful tracks: 'Stamina', 'No More Sleep' and 'Lucky Star' are rubberised rave numbers primed for the club. The irresistible energy that whizzes through 'Rave Age' can in part be attributed to Pascal's DJing, which he took up in 2009. "I've learnt what is effective when you play and what entertains me when I play," he says. "This album is what I want to play when I DJ."

If anything, this is Pascal's pop record, a notion first put to him by the album's mix engineer Stephane Alf' Briat, the well-known Paris technician behind key records by Phoenix, Air and Jackson and His Computer Band. "For my first album I used a fake voice from my synthesisers and on the second I just used one singer, Linda Lamb. This time it was different," says Pascal. "At some point in the studio the sound engineer told me: 'Hey, your stuff is almost pop because there is a voice in every song'. This wasn't conscious but I did want to change from the two other albums."

You need only hear his sparkling remixes for Bjork, Sexy Sushi, Heartbreak or Amadou & Mariam to appreciate Pascal's love for the possibilities of the pop song, and here, working with a selection of vocalists for the first time, he forges his own kind of effervescent power-pop. 'Next I'm Ready' and the tremendous 'Fade Away' feature the vocals of Joe Reeves, one-time singer for defunct British synth-punks Shit Disco, whose overlooked debut Pascal adored. In fact, Pascal was a little worried 'Fade Away' might be too pop for 'Rave Age', even though he's very happy with it. "In the beginning 'Fade Away' was called 'Dolce Vita' and had this cheesy Jean Michel Jarre melody. I sent it to Joe who is really quick and wrote and sang the words in a few hours. I like the way he writes lyrics as well as his English accent."

Another swift worker turned out to be French singer France Picoulet, last heard as Owlle on Kitsune's recent 'Parisien II' compilation, whose heartfelt delivery on bittersweet cyberballad 'Under Your Sun' provides 'Rave Age' with its purest moment of sentimental bliss. For other songs, Mickael Karkousse from Belgian electro outfit Goose sings the album's opening call-to-arms 'Rave Kids Go', and Sexy Sushi's Julia Lanoe laces the gnarly new-wave of 'La Mort Sur le Dancefloor' with a typically playful vocal. This grungy track was one of the first Pascal wrote for 'Rave Age': as the album progressed, he notes, the songs became softer and slower. Even the title, 'Rave Age', has a hippy quality, he says.

It all seems a world away from 2001 when Vitalic's debut, the four-song 'Poney EP', came out. Arguably the finest techno 12-inch of the last decade, the record's instant and enduring appeal saw Pascal aligned with Daft Punk and Aphex Twin as a singular producer capable of shaping the future of electronic music. Over the following years, armed with the blistering euphoria of 'La Rock 01 and You Prefer Cocaine', he blazed through clubland like the Wagner of rave - the flying V - a fearless metal-disco warrior slaying scores of ravers across Europe with his searing live show.

So has he mellowed over the years? "Well, I think the music is more open now because I am more relaxed," he says. "There is some kind of Arabian stuff and a touch of la dolce vita because I live in southern countries. I spend a lot of time in Barcelona and Italy." The Rimini swirl of 'Lucky Star', for example, came about because Pascal wanted to produce a track that evoked the heat of the sun in the steamy Mediterranean summer, while 'Vigipirate' and 'The March of Skabah' are dark instrumentals that blend exotic rhythms with curdled hip-hop and nod to earlier productions such as 'Valletta Fanfares'. At the end of the album Pascal includes a mood piece from the soundtrack he composed for Italian filmmaker David Manuli's latest picture 'The Legend of Kasper Hauser', which stars Vincent Gallo. "It's a crazy movie," says Pascal approvingly. "I really like the director, I think he is very special."

Most Vitalic fans will have caught Pascal's formidable 'V Mirror' live show which toured the globe for two years. Flanked by two huge sheets of electronic mirrored panels, Pascal performed for countless thousands at festivals and huge venues around the world, travelling with a small team in a tour bus like a rock band. Bonding on the road proved a profound experience for Pascal. "Touring with a team is really unique," he says.
"To share the experience of the tour bus, of the feeling you have before getting onstage and afterwards, is like multiplying all the sensations of playing live." To stage 'Rave Age', Pascal plans to take things further by introducing a live drummer and a keyboard player to the mix, in addition to the screens. "I want the feeling of a group," he says.

When he isn't in the studio, Pascal spends a lot of time in the kitchen.
"At some point I was thinking about opening a restaurant in Spain" he says with a straight face, "but at the moment I just can't help myself from making music and having plans and I am excited about making a really cool show for the next tour"
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27 waarderingen
Leon joah!
hij brak zonder twijfel de hele tent af op awakenings!! wat een baas
There is no spoon
Tis tijd dat hij weer eens in NL wordt geboekt!B)
Wat een act! Voetjes van de vloer garantie!
Red Velvet
Geweldig @­ Monegros
Robin Hood00
Tot eind 2008 een geweldige artiest, dit jaar alleen maar bagger :(
te heerlijk!
Kapitein Eenoog
Vitalic, baas van de Bravo op Lowlands 2009
Sound Avenue
al jaren mn onbetwiste NO 1!!
vitalic =­ tijdloos
heldig op ILT B)
Sziget 2008 ooh Man!!!!
moef jor es
ILT 2005 (L)
Extrema was compleet dankzij hem.­ WAT EEN HELD
the eXtreme
Was gisteren dikke vette shizel op extrema :yes:
je van het
Techno Hero 4 life! Dark wave aiaiai..­
van lotje getikt
Dour meester
lekkere afsluiter van FYM...hoera! :respect:
X Men
Wat een VET rauw GEIL geluid!! vernieuwend en super opzwepend.­ Een nieuwe favoriet
Rutger Vibe
goeie afsluiter van fym
wat 'n held...:cheer:
I Love Techno 2005 en 1 Day Off 2007 (koninginnenacht).....­gruwelijk gruwelijk gruwelijk!!!! Aan deze gast kan op het moment niemand tippen!!!!
B !
Wat een ontzettende muziek draait die gast!
Planet rose..wat een avond! :respect:

30 opmerkingen

Space invaders smoking grass! :respect:
Uitspraak van Mattiee op maandag 18 december 2006 om 11:33:
Space invaders smoking grass! :respect:

Is die niet van I-F?
Vitalic blijft meesterlijk :D
Uitspraak van {Demian} op maandag 18 december 2006 om 21:51:
Is die niet van I-F?
Vitalic blijft meesterlijk

Volgens mij vitalic check op wikipedia
Een echte Pure Rocker, jammer dat die laatste tijden weinig in NL is
Ja man wanneer is deze held weer te bewonderen? :respect:

poney ep :P
laatste aanpassing
respect voor de man
laatste aanpassing
Volgende album wordt dr op of dr onder.. absolute heldenstatus of een voltreffer met door NIEMAND geevenaarde Poney EP, steengoeie OK Cowboy.. Bells... wat zei ik nou? Absolute heldenstatus!

Samen met Kalkbrenner de beste live act die er is nondejhhu!!! (y)
Uitspraak van Mattiee op dinsdag 19 december 2006 om 10:52:
Uitspraak van Ozaka op maandag 18 december 2006 om 21:51:
Is die niet van I-F?
Vitalic blijft meesterlijk

Volgens mij vitalic check op wikipedia

asteblieft zeg fuck wikipedia zelfs mable wisse hoe heet die slet kan daar dingen op zetten;is dus absoluut niet waarheidsgetrouw!!!!
fuck wikipedia!!!=dikke bull met dubbel l!!!!!

groeten george w.bush

of hoe heet die gast(zoek maar op wikipedia)
Hij was ook op rock ternat
maar da staat ni tusse zijn vorige optredens :s
ik mis hem al een tijdje, komt weinig nieuws...­ (of iig niet bij mij in de oren)
waarom draait deze swa nou zo weinig in NL. behalve dan met Qday in de HMH dit jaar, maarja dan moet je ook weer DJVT aanhoren :(
Binnenkort op Extrema! En natuurlijk in Budapest :D Vette shit ;)
vitalic was echt té geniaal op sziget! nog nooit zo hard kapot gegaan, hij moet echt gauw naar nederland komen :D
The Past = nice:jaja:
wanneer is ie weer eens in Nederland, Extrema is al te lang geleden;)
Uitspraak van Mets :') op dinsdag 20 januari 2009 om 20:50:
The Past = nice:jaja:

uit een grote subwoofer in je oto met opgaande zon, na een mooie nacht..

heerlijke tunes :jaja:
Deze gast net ontdekt..­ gruwelijk!
laatste aanpassing
Vitalic MOET naar Nederland komen en dan het liefste naar Groningen!!!

Nieuwste album uit 2009 is ook episch!
Artiest Powel
Hij was GE-WEL-DIG op Rock Werchter :D
Uitspraak van Sound Avenue op woensdag 10 juni 2009 om 12:48:
uit een grote subwoofer in je oto met opgaande zon, na een mooie nacht..­


Perfecte after after music :D