The Milky Way
Shazz and Jean-Marie K met in 1992 at “Respect For France”, the first electronic music tour organized in French clubs by the famous Fnac Music Dance Division label, a tour that, for the first time, had a stage composed of sets of DJs and lives of artists like Shazz, Laurent Garnier, Ludovic Navarre aka St Germain or ScanX.
Shazz, an inescapable artist, leaves his indelible imprint on the mythical labels Fnac Music Dance Division and F Communications with titles such as “Milky Way” (Aurora Borealis), “Acid Eiffel” (Choice), “Back In Manhattan” under his own name, or the “No Work Today” of Nuages.
He also produced a number of notable albums, “Shazz”, “In The Light”, “Beautiful”, “Heritage”, on majors or labels like Sony, Universal Music or Pschent, with titles such as “Innerside”, “El Camino”, “In My Life” or “Mirage”. Some of his tracks are remixed by the greatest producers of House Music and Techno like Osunlade, Blaze, Kevin Yost, Joe Claussell, Ron Trent or Laurent Garnier and Carl Cox for Aurora Borealis. He continues to explore new musical horizons in total independence with “EPilogue” released in 2016. He is currently working on his new opus.
Jean-Marie K, pioneer of the French scene and former A&R of Fairway Records, he pursues his DJ career playing in Parisian clubs like le Rex Club, le Palace, le Queen and in international venues by appearing in clubs and big festivals throughout Europe like Sonar, Dimensions, Mystery Land, Love Parade, and Mayday. DJ resident on Radio FG, he held his residency for 9 years with his show “After FG” with DJ’s like Carl Cox, Sven Vâth or Roger Sanchez. As a producer and remixer, he released his music on labels such as Suruba, NRK, Id&T, Jays Records, Betrieb Records or 96 Music for his House project KnR alongside The Avener.
These long-standing friends were left with an ambitious project the re-release of Shazz’s most outstanding titles over the past 25 years! The SHAZZer Project was born out of the desire of these two enthusiasts to help discover or rediscover Shazz’s emblematic titles from his albums or F Communications releases remixed by big players of the electronic music scene.
This is how Satoshi Tomiie, DJul’z or Agrume landed on the label’s first release, the “S” EP in June 2018. Followed by Buch, Yousef, Christopher K and Humantronic on the ‘H’ EP in July 2018. These first two EPs only distributed in digital received exceptional support from the greatest international DJs.
In order to continue on these good vibes, the next label releases will be completed with a vinyl distribution via Diggers Factory. To inaugurate this mythical medium unsurpassed in sound and grain, several series of remixes will be released at the dawn of 2019 dedicated to “Aurora Borealis” and the iconic track “The Milky Way” remixed by Humantronic, Petar Dundov and Karim Sahraoui for the first two volumes.
Other flagship songs by Shazz will follow throughout the year in view of the many artists involved in this ambitious project such as H2H aka Chez Damier & Ben Vedren, Dan Guenacia (Apollonia), Ian Pooley, Folamour, Hiroshi Watanabe, Milton Jackson, Oliver Dollar, Molly, Da Fresh, Yass & Alexandre Destrez, DJ Fudge, Around 7, Stanny Abram, Blacksoul enriched with young talents among which Tour Maubourg, Behzad & Amarou, Mydoz, Spiel, DJ Jock the little protégé of Carl Cox and many more to come…
This return to the origins of the French Touch reminds us how much the work of these two artists continues to exert its influence on the international scene. With the “SHAZZer Project” you’re back from the future!