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David Carretta

A 20 years long career and parties, twentytwo 12inch vinyl, about thirty remixes, dynamite live performances on stages all over the world, it’s hard to believe that Rodeo Disco is only the third album by David Carretta. But you better believe it, this discreet producer from Marseille has come a long way. And this master piece is not his first ride!

First there was a beat
At the age of seven David was already building drums out of plastic cans, was proud of his first plastic guitar and was performing playbacks with wooden microphone. After being up to no good for 10 years and integrating the work forces before he got in trouble, he abandoned his dreams of drums, found a drum machine, and started a band with a friend equally fond of electro music in the not so exiting town of Tarbes, in the mist of the rather dark 80’S. Art Kinder Industry, their code name, goes from industrial music, new wave to EBM. “We played wearing military suits and gaz masks. We made our own teeshirts, we had four compositions worth it in 88, but it was hard to find a label in those days”. During four years, David and his buddy toured in the south of France christening their explosive live performance on themes such as nuclear weapon or the Middle East conflict. All this before the raves and techno could show their massive beats.

Awaken by the raves
The beginning of techno music in France hit the young Carretta hard. Already drawn by New Beat and Acid House, his musical tastes evolved toward heavier sound, with the influence of spontanious parties, of psychotropic substances and listening to emblematic pieces from “Underground Resistance, Hardfloor, Resistance D, or Lunatic Asylum”. In 1993, David printed his first record with the mythical and ultra hype german label at the time Harthouse, under the hypnotic name Calyptol Inhalant. “It was Sven Vath‘s label! In France, my music interested very few, my sound was more German so it is there that I sent my first pieces”. Germany definitly adopted him when he met with DJ Hell in a tour organized by a friend in 1995. He founded International Deejay Gigolos after listening to Carretta’s title “Innerwood” aka the legend.
This guy from Marseille will be the very first reference of the exiting Gigolo story “I had really found the right label”

After a few all consuming 12” vinyl, David went into higher gear, in 1999, with his first electro atypical album, “Le Catalogue Electronique”. He was inspired by the sounds heard during his adolescence, which he had left aside, with the influence of techno and had fun piling up references, from Divine to Gainsbourg as well as Plastic Bertrand, to finally reach an electro very “melting pot” with the collaboration of the “Chicks On Speed” and “Electric Indigo”. A big tour followed from Berlin to Chicago through Argentina, Italy, Japan and Russia. In 2001 Carretta released “Domination EP.” on which can be found the enormous hit “Vicious Game” which powerfull melody and stubborn vocoder could bring the dead back to life. He signed the rise of a new sound, the sound of “Kill Your Radio”.

«Kill your Radio»: an anarchic politic punk title for a devastating music, uncompromising, going against the fashion trends ravaging in 2004 when Carretta’s second album is printed. David got back in touch with his original influences: Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, D.A.F and the raw energy generated on the dancefloors. On stage, the discreet producer appeared as an incredible show man, showing a strong sexual image, full of humour, derision and movie enthusiast, inventing a manly kitsch and uninhibited character, somewhere between Giorgio Moroder and a porn actor of the 70’s. The “mustache” electro had found its emissary.

But Carretta is not just a machine creating unbridled hits for BPM seeking dance floors. As early as “Kill Your Radio” and the start of his own label, Space Factory in 2003 with his wife Gigi Succès, his love for hypnotic sounds, space surges and the images of cosmic vintages. It’s this Italo-Disco feeling seam that David currently digs in, with his new album, “Rodeo Disco”, the dream of a kid crazy about science fiction and analogic synthesizers. After the corrida of the Gigolo years, this interstellar journey invites us on a rodeo tamer at first look, but emotional, a discoidal ballad through space, where you can meet Kraftwerk’s robots and the cosmonauts from the “Magic Fly” video by Space. “Rodeo Disco” could be the original soundtrack of an imaginary movie, fantastic rather than western, which would borrow the best of 2001 Space odyssey, Cosmos 1999, of Carpenter and an erotic Giallo of underground movie.

So as the label Do It Better releases again the cosmic aesthetic of the 80’s, and Baldelli, Robotnick and gang do their come back, no one should forget the purebred Carretta, and this rodeo as beautiful as a summer night’s starry sky.

website: http://www.davidcarretta.com

23.04.2010  (CE)