The Brazilian band is original from São José dos Campos - São Paulo. The name of the band (elegia) means elegy in Portuguese, and it’s not related to New Order’s song.
Its current formation is Emerson Deniz (bass), Escobar (drums), Marcelo D’Angelo (guitar), Mayumi (back-up vocals) and Paulo Gotoh (vocals) The band started its concerts in 1989,and since then it has been participating of several festivals and concerts in Brazil and abroad. Formed under several influences, from 60s psychedelia, to 70’s and 80’s pre-punk, punk rock, post-punk even ethnic music.
In early 2000 the first album is released, named after the band’s name ‘elegia’ (currently sold out), In 2000 and 2001 they presented at Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Leipzig, Germany a huge festival of gothic music. Followed by positive comments in music magazines, e-zines, books and zines all over Europe. In 2004 Underworld, its second album, is released (only in Brazil) and following it a warm reception from music magazines with positive reviews. In 2007 an EP is released, prepairing ground for the next album. Currently being recorded and due to be released in 2009.
The French DJ Laurent Collat (A.K.A. Elegia)’s biography is as it follows:
Laurent Collat is no newcomer to the French electronic scene. In 1988 upon discovering New Order, he started feeling the urge to compose his own tracks. When the ‘baggy’ movement from Manchester and the ‘acid house’ wave hit the world his techno-pop pieces drifted slowly towards a techno and house sound. 1992 was the turning point. Pop was being taken over by technology.
Between 92 and 95, Laurent worked in different directions but always with one goal in mind: to make people dance and fire their emotions. In 1995 he released an album entitled “Body & Soul” which was released by Radikal Groove, which was followed by a limited edition EP entitled “Mother.” A copy of it ended up on Eric Morand’s desk. This resulted in Laurent Collat joining F Communications in 1996.
On the two first EP’s released in 96 and 97 “From Nowhere With Love” and “Snapshots”, Elégia developed a melodic and gloomy house sound.
The recording artist then searched for THE voice that would bring emotion and warmth to the next album.
After several auditions, he met Esther in July 97. As an established backing vocalist in several bands, including La Formule, Esther (author of her own lyrics) came from a musical background close to Laurent’s. Elégia became a duo.
“Sounds Within” is an album which is totally in the spirit of the original techno: entirely homemade, patiently. Laurent took care of the compositions, the production and the creative direction.
“Sounds Within” is an album full of contrasts but also full of meaning, it could be the music for “Once Upon A Time In the West In Tokyo” (says Laurent).
Edited by Kleofin on 10 Apr 2010, 18:26
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