In a stroke of good luck it has been announced that French live act extraordinaire Vitalic will be playing a last minute sideshow tonight, for those that did not get to see him at the Melbourne Big Day Out and also for those who are wanting to see him again.
Vitalic will be performing a live set in the intimate surrounds of Honkytonks, Melbourne, supported by Nick Thayer, Dave Pham and Agent 86 on Wednesday 1 February. Vitalic aka Pascal Arbez burst onto the music scene in late 2001 with his four-song ‘Poney EP’ which slayed them on dancefloors worldwide. This year, he has released his long-awaited debut album, ’OK Cowboy’ which he himself describes as a mix of “dance music, experimental, organs and French music”.
His initial sporadic releases as Dima came out in 1996 and ’97 on the local Choice label. He became good friends with Michel Amato, aka The Hacker, and befriended Amato’s Goodlife label crew in Grenoble. The Hacker suggested he send his new tracks to DJ Hell in Munich, which he did. Then Hell’s International Deejay Gigolos label released Pascal’s ‘Poney EP’ just as Fischerspooner fever and electroclash madness broke and it became one of their biggest-selling 12-inch, played as a searing peak-time anthem by everyone from Aphex Twin to Richie Hawtin to Erol Alkan to 2ManyDJs to Laurent Garnier to Tiga…
Since the ‘Poney EP’ there have been collaborations with The Hacker, a cover of Detroit techno standard ‘Shari Vari’; local producer DJ Tonio; and, most notably, with New York singer and songwriter Linda Lamb, as The Silures, whose rousing goth-tinged ‘All You Can Eat EP’ from 2003 was the first time Pascal had worked with a vocalist.