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Axel Bauer


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Catapulted to overnight fame in the early 80s with his single “Cargo de nuit”, Axel Bauer appears to have spent most of the last two decades struggling against the ‘one-hit wonder’ syndrome. Axel finally managed to shake off his “Cargo de nuit” image at the end of the 90s and his latest album proves his worth as a genuinely talented singer-songwriter.

Born in Paris on 7 April 1961, Axel Bauer grew up in a talented musical family, which included a classical concert pianist (his aunt) and a professional jazz musician (his father). Axel’s father honed his musical skills playing drums with Django Reinhardt and went on to work with the crème de la crème of the jazz world. Surrounded by music from an early age, Axel acquired an extensive musical culture and a passion for British and American groups.

Axel took piano lessons as a child, but without any great enthusiasm. The instrument which was to prove the love of his life was the guitar. Throughout his teenage years the budding young musician spent considerably more time hanging out in local rock clubs than he did studying at his lycée. Nevertheless, Axel passed his baccalauréat with no trouble at all and went on to enrol at art school, where he developed another great passion in life, drawing.


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