FRENCH 79 live in Athens
Music producer FRENCH 79, master of the synths & songwriter,
is coming to Athens on May 15th 2023, at the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus.
ELECTRO MASTERMIND FRENCH 79
‘80S SYNTH-WAVE WITH A MODERN TOUCH
With his first two opuses (the debut album Olympic released in 2016, and Joshua in 2019), French 79 has since contributed to remodelling the French Touch genre, making it the envy of the entire world.
In line with pillars of the electronic music scene such as Erik Satie, Jean-Michel Jarre, Air and Daft Punk, the Marseille-based artist is a master of the synth and formidable songwriter. His signature tracks “Between the Buttons”, the certified platinum “Diamond Veins feat. Sarah Rebecca” and “Hometown” helped set the imaginary boundaries of a brand new musical universe.
After an international tour of over 100 dates – some of which were sold-out very quickly -, Simon Henner no longer has to prove the potential of his sensational show on stage. Once back in his native South of France, he locked himself away in his studio in the heart of the Phocean city. This is where everything started a few years ago with his two bands, Nasser and Husbands, and his collaboration with Kid Francescoli whose hit “Moon” which he produced and co-wrote has now gone diamond. Following his most recent experience – a collaboration on the album of French techno star NTO; a remix of Cliff Martinez’s Drive soundtrack; a reinterpretation of Erik Satie’s “Gnossienne No. 5” for Deutsche Grammophon; the remix of “Diamond Veins” by international star Tiësto… -, French 79 is now getting ready to take things to the next level with his forthcoming album, TEENAGERS. TEENAGERS is an album on which keyboards and analog synthesisers are predominant, just like on its predecessors. But it reveals a much more personal and ambitious side of Simon Henner. TEENAGERS results in a tour de force: it represents a new milestone in the history of music and places French 79 among the artists who revolutionised electronic music and music as a whole. If TEENAGERS gives us such unique and strong sensations, it is also due to the fact the album’s soul is filled with magical places, such as Jean-Michel Jarre’s own Parisian studio and the Miraval studio in the South of France. The album was mixed by Damien Quintard (Brian Eno, Parcels, Justice, Sade), L’Impératrice…) in the heart of the 17th century Provençal estate of Miraval – where the studio that welcomed Pink Floyd, AC/DC & The Cure is located. This renowned venue which recently reopened after being bought by Brad Pitt let French 79 achieve a long-time dream: “When I mix the album on the console and the reverb of Pink Floyd’s song “The Wall”, it gives me a divine sensation that I will remember for the rest of my life. I almost had some sort of mystical experience there (…) That feeling of being connected to those bands in a kind of “cosmic reality” felt like a fountain of youth, just when I was finalising the TEENAGERS album.”