INTRODUCING: C2CNovember 19, 2012
WHO IS C2C?
French DJ band, 4-time DMC world champions (2003-2006) and 1 time ITF world champion (2005).
C2C use their turntables as instruments.
4 members: @djgreem, @atomathome, @DjpFeL and @mr20syl
WHAT’S THE STORY?
C2C may not yet be a household name, but the three-letter-name is nonetheless legendary in the world of “turntablism”; a highly technical yet intensely musical discipline with performers using turntables as a bona fide musical instrument.
A Story built from Scratch
The four members of C2C met in high school during their teenage years, and soon started developing their own unique performing style. Their achievements in the competition circuit come second to none. The quartet ranked #1 in the DMC World Competition four times in a row (2003-2006), thanks to their unique blend of breath-taking technical dexterity and innate musical sensitivity.
The audience was astonished by their highly playful yet incredibly precise and spectacular routines, and the intoxicating jazzy tunes they managed to create through their deceptively simple contraptions.
To this day, their live performances remain extremely popular, totalling more than 7 million views on YouTube alone, and continue to spread through online and social media.
Aside from their adventures within C2C, the four members have been very active on the French musical scene. 20Syl and Greem founded ‘Hocus Pocus’ and released a gold certified album on Motown. The band is now widely considered to be one the classiest and most accomplished hip-hop acts in Europe.
Atom and Pfel created ‘Beat Torrent’, one of the most popular formations of the dynamic French electronic scene. Collectively, they can boast more than a thousand live performances.
They never stopped working together and regularly featured on each other’s albums, but in 2012 they are reunited to release C2C’s first album ‘Tetra’.
“We had to close the loop”, they say with a single voice. C2C’s true purpose beyond competition has always been to produce music, or rather to devise a brand new way to create and perform music. Now in their thirties, and freed from the constraints of the competition circuit, the quartet has matured without losing any of its enthusiasm and energy.
Rather than relying on borrowed samples and scratches, C2C has recorded an extensive palette of instruments: strings, brass, guitar, bass, keys, etc., often played on vintage instruments and equipment to capture the elusive “seventies sound” they so cherish.
The same goes for the vocal tracks, featuring talented vocalists such as Olivier Daysoul, Gush or Pigeon John. The result is an acrobatic yet deeply melodic and atmospheric series of pieces, a uniquely electrifying blend of electro, soul and hip-hop moods.
2012 & Number 1’s
C2C’s first EP ‘Down The Road’ was released on 23rd January 2012 to critical acclaim and adulation from both fans and media.
The album ‘Tetra’ followed in September, immediately entering the album charts at #1 and catapulting ‘Down The Road’ to the top of the singles chart, with international releases coming soon.
The 2012 live tour features all the skills that made the quartet an instant success on stage, all the while introducing a plethora of innovative musical and visual elements.