In the words that Mix Mag just put it,”Philippe Zdar is not the most well-known of the French producers who rose to prominence in the 1990s (alongside Air, Laurent Garnier and Daft Punk), he may well have been the greatest of them all.” Philippe Zdar passed away tragically due to an accidental fall and has left the music community in shock. His death also comes only one day before the release of Cassius’ latest album, “Dreems,” on June 21st.
Zdar was one half of the French touch group, Cassius, but it perhaps more well known for his work producing other artists. He produced the acclaimed Phoenix album ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’, and spent time in the studio with The Rapture, Chromeo, Franz Ferdinand and more.
He mixed Needy Girl & Rage for the Euro release of our 1st album. Then he mixed the entire Fancy Footwork album. Then Business Casual. He played a huge role in developing our sound. We’re devastated. RIP Philippe Zdar of Cassius, Motorbass & La Funk Mob, a true musical genius. pic.twitter.com/Y7pNmzREyt
— FUNKLORDZ (@Chromeo) June 20, 2019
He was remembered by many contemporary producers and artists, that were undoubtedly influenced by his music and life’s work.
Awful news about Phillipe Zdar, what an unbelievably lovely man with an incredible legacy. I was mesmerized by this record as a 15 year old https://t.co/H79OZ19Nxq
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) June 20, 2019
So fucking sad to learn about Philippe Zdar last night. A true, true legend whose influence hangs over not just dance but indie, hip hop, all of it. I remember buying Feeling For You when it first came out and being blown away… My condolences to his family and friends 💔💔💔
— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) June 20, 2019