Art Department & Anthony Collins photo gallery
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Art Department is the brainchild of Canadian techno/house Legend Kenny Glasgow and Canada’s fastest rising star and No.19 label owner - Jonny White. As individuals both Kenny and Jonny have released countless critically acclaimed records and are regarded internationally as two of the most forward thinking, revolutionary underground producers out of North America. Kenny’s credentials date back to the late 80’s and include productions on Narcotic, Jinxx, his own Method 11/11 label and Turbo. Whilst White’s revered No.19 Music label along side a blindingly fast - growing discography have seen him rapidly rise to the forefront of the international scene.
The pair, despite being close friends and stalwarts in the Toronto electronic music scene for years, had not joined forces in the studio until only as recently as 2009, when Damian Lazarus called on them to remix Riz MC for his prestigious Crosstown Rebels Label. The result was an entirely new sound that drew cues from the best of both artists. It was a futuristic and raw, synth-driven, underground masterpiece, the start of a new idea and the birth of Art Department…
Before long the two were working full time in the studio to expand upon what they had created but now with a new focus… the concept for Art Department was to create a live dj/vocal performance based on the new sound they were beginning to produce and would feature Kenny Glasgow’s unique and sublime vocals that had been heard only 10+ years earlier on records like “Pressing On”. It wasn’t long before Damian heard what the pair had been working on and immediately offered them a deal with Crosstown Rebels that would include several singles, remixes and a full length album due out at the beginning of 2011.
The momentum continued and Art Department performed their first ever live show at the Crosstown Rebels Get Lost event at the 2010 WMC in front of a jam packed room, along side an A list cast of 17 artists from the label. DJ’s, promoters and party animals regarded the performance as one of the most ground-breaking & important shows at this years WMC…Simple label boss - Will Saul was quoted saying “the live show was the best thing we’ve heard since we heard Mathew Johnson for the first time…”. The follow up performance came the very next night at Jamie Jones & Lee Foss’ Hot Natured party where Art Department treated the enthusiastic crowd to a mind-bending dj set and secured their spot as residents for the much lauded Hot Natured brand.
With massive support from the rebel crew along with an exciting release schedule including collaborations with Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones and Soul Clap there is no doubt that this will be yet another inspired chapter in the story of these Canadian talents.
Young DJ/producer Anthony Collins has proved to be the rising star on the French house and techno scene.
Born to an American father and to a French mother; he grew up both in New York and in the South of France. His first taste for music was given to him by his father who shared his passion for jazz with him and had his own recording studio in Los Angeles. It was in France that he later discovered electronic music and fell in love with it.
He acquired his first pair of decks at the age of 17 and did his first gig the following year. He played in most of the major clubs on the French Riviera & to push his career a step further, Anthony left his home ground and moved to Paris. Due to hard work and by forcing his way into the shows that matter, he quickly established himself on the scene (and was booked) regularly to play at the city’s most prestigious clubs and also abroad in clubs such as infamous Rex club & Batofar in Paris; Panoramabar & Berghain, Weekend & Watergate in Berlin, Studio 80 in Amsterdam, London’s Fabric, Space , dc10 circoloco & Zoo Ibiza, Goa Roma n’Goa Madrid, BLK! Market New york, BPM conference in playa del carmen to name but a few..
Anthony is also pretty busy with his residency in Paris named “DUST” where he hosts international guests (Seuil, Dinky, Los Updates, Half Hawai,…) Europe’s finest audience have picked up on him and have been showing a lot of interest.
Anthony describes his style as a mix of deep house, house, minimal and deep tech. He’s not the type who puts one hit record after another but always blends meticulously chosen tracks with a real artistic reason to it. Anthony’s music is very successful though. Matter of fact he has released many EPs on very high-quality labels.
Among which loads of European labels created in the early 00s which are inflaming the current scene such as Get Physical, -t and Vakant, the Belgian Curle, Jay Haze’s Tuning Spork, , resopal,or Brothers’ Vibe’s Mixx records.. Freak n’Chic, Mule Electronic and Liebe Detail also complete the prestigious endless list of labels he already worked with! Collins also made remixes for Remote area, Safari Electronic, Nice Cat ( Los Updates Label ). Indeed His talent and style allowed him to remix in his artistic view huge artists like Ricardo Villalobos , los updates , Cesare vs Disorder , Alejandro Vivanco , Boris Werner.. & 2010 still sees new signatures.. for example with the American giant and true pioneer of the deep house music Ibadan (founded in 1996).
The Famous German Last but not least he produced In 2009, his first ever album “Doubts & Shouts” on cutting edeg label Freak’n’chic, and revealed to be a frank success. Speaking of success, it seems that Anthony Collins is flying from one to another. Indeed, he is now preparing the coming of his new record dedicated to Curle records anniversary; and a few others productions with poker flat, horizontal music( Dinky’s Label), And remixes for artists such as Bruno Pronsato …. Anthony Collins production skills have reached another level and the quality of his tracks is permanently increasing. Music may take a lot of his time, but no worries, Anthony Collins and his charming smile still have time and energy to make you dance.
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