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DZ Lectric & Anthon Shield

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DZ Lectric and Anthon Shield were a pioneering duo prominent in the experimental and minimal electronic scene of the 1980s in France. They first met in Paris on April 23, 1981, when they were in their early 20s. Each had been involved in various other projects (Shield - Unholy Three and Norma Loy, and DZ - Garçons Sauvages and Magnétique Bleu) and they came together with shared influences. These ranged from classic 70s rock bands like the The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, and The Doors to the early industrial, no wave and post punk stuff that was coming out of the UK and USA at the time, namely bands like Throbbing Gristle, Joy Division, Suicide, and Tuxedo Moon. DZ and Shield met during the recording of a tape compilation called Les Electriques (the title inspired by a chapter from “The Wild Boys” by W.S. Burroughs) which was eventually released by the luxurious fanzine known as Style.
DZ Lectric and Anthon Shield began seeing one another at rehearsals, concerts given by their respective bands or underground live acts, and performances and exhibitions. Once they clicked, DZ and Shield began recording tracks together. They had a modest set up: an old Akai 2-track tape deck, a Mini-Korg 700s, two rhythm boxes (one of which was made by Philippe Fichot from Die Form), a small microphone, some special effects and a Fender Mustang. Quite soon, they ended up with an abundance of tracks that they then proposed to the Belgian tape label Présence for a release (the Philosophies cassette).


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