Thomas Azier is an electronic-pop artist based in Berlin. Early in 2012 he released his debut EP “Hylas 001” featuring the single “Red Eyes”, a live favorite of audiences across Europe and the United States. Thefollow-up EP “Hylas 002“ was released in October 2012 and again appeared on his label “Hylas Records/BMG”.
Azier is now set to release his new single “Ghostcity” taken from his forthcoming debut album – the third part within the Hylas trilogy – due in January 2014. ”Ghostcity” is a powerful play between hope and despair with strong synthetic melodies that sound like Berlin in the year 2060. Recorded in an old Soviet factory to capture desolation, sounds derived from the past turn into the future. Like all of his tracks “Ghostcity” is composed, written & produced by the 25-year old multi-instrumentalist himself.
During an extensive tour in 2013 and several support dates for “Woodkid”, Azier already presented his previous EP’s “Hylas 001” and “Hylas 002” as well as some new material from his forthcoming album live on stage.
“I love the compact form of pop music. It’s such a strong vessel to carryyour message with and reach lots of people. Every song I write has different layers. As a listener, you can go through those layers but you can also choose to stay on the pop surface.“ – Azier.
Growing up in a small town in the Netherlands, Azier began making music because there really wasn’t anything else to do. Too broke to buy analogue gear, and hungry for a means of expression, Azier, like many young musicians today, began producing tracks on his computer. At 19, Azier moved to Berlin on a naïve and ambitious whim. Immediately inspired by the pulse and atmosphere of the city, he began experimenting with his voice, also adding new equipment to his practice. Layering his productions with dramatic symphonic vocals, and an aggressive number of synthesizers, his work began to tell the stories of his new life, the music communicating this evolution with emotive, passionate, unabashed fervor.