DJ and producer Philippe Zdar, known for his work as one half of the French house outfit Cassius, and for his production with a host of big names, has died after an accident in a Parisian building, as his agent has confirmed today morning.
"He has fallen through the window of a high floor of a Parisian building," said Sebastien Farran, without giving any further details.
As Cassius, Philippe Zdar and Hubert Blanc-Francard, aka Boom Bass has ushered in a decade of Franco-Funk breaks and filtered the disco house to the global dance music scene. In addition to outfits such as Bob Sinclar, Daft Punk and Stardust they played a role in the revival of the outdated screenplay, from which the producers of electronic music in the 90s read. Bored by a straightforward approach to beatmaking, they delved deeply into their collective influences of hip-hop, Detroit techno, Minneapolis funk, NY electro and disco, stuffing everything into their uneasy sampler.
But it's easy to forget that Zdar also collaborated with Etienne de Crécy on the Motorbass project prior to Cassius's seminal 1
Zdar has built a brilliant career as a solo producer, working with acts as diverse as Beastie Boys, Phoenix and Cat Power.
The shocking news is all the more tragic because Zdar was really at the height of his powers; Cassius' newest album, Dreems, is scheduled for release this Friday. Zdar also produced Hot Chip's latest album, A Bath Full of Ecstasy, also on Friday.
Stars from the world of electronic music have responded with shock and sadness to the news of Zdar's death. Below is a selection of her homages.
He mixed Needy Girl & Rage for the Euro release of our first album. Then he mixed the entire Fancy Footwork album. Then business casual. He played a big role in the development of our sound. We are devastated. RIP Philippe Zdar of Cassius, Motorbass & La Funk Mob, a true musical genius. pic.twitter.com/Y7pNmzREyt[19459010lightboxesJune202019
Watch the sad news that Philippe Zdar passed away. He has always been a great inspiration to me, as part of Cassius, but also as a mixed technician. The world lost one of the most talented, humble and friendly musicians last night. My thoughts are addressed to his loved ones. 💜 pic.twitter.com/9eNqShvDKq[19459013lightboxesJune202019
RIP Philippe Zdar. Thank you for touching us and many other people with your great music. 🙏🏼 20th June 2019
I just talked 2u bro, you were so kind to have Convo with me for FOFRADIO, sighing i'll really miss you .. love you, brotha, rest in power Philippe Zdar ❤ ️🙏🏾⚡️ 20 June 2019
The news about Philippe Zdar is incomprehensible. An absolute musical genius and one of the nicest guys to meet. Such a sad day. June 20, 2019
@CASSIUSOFFICIAL God damn … rest in peace, Philippe, that's so sick great sense of humor … https://t.co/I9A20ETG3D[19459017lightboxesJune202019
So sad to hear that the legendary #philippezdar of @CASSIUSOFFICIAL has passed. A true original and a unique talent that contributed to our first album, and so many great records. Their energy and generosity are painfully missed. RIP brozeur xxx ❤️❤️❤️ June 20, 2019