When I think about it, I really remember more gloomy days and more darkness than light in Berlin. It’s a pity on the one hand, but on the other it’s a thriving environment for all those moody artists who find their creative fuel in the overcast skies over Berlin.
Here’s maybe the best proof for my theory. His name is Thomas Azier, his music is a mix of pop and electro and maybe he doesn’t know it yet, but we have A LOT in common.
Growing up in a small town in the Netherlands, Azier began making music because there really wasn’t anything else to do. Too broke to buy analogue gear, and hungry for a means of expression, Azier, like many young musicians today, began producing tracks on his computer. At 19, Azier moved to Berlin on a naïve and ambitious whim. Immediately inspired by the pulse and atmosphere of the city, he began experimenting with his voice, also adding new equipment to his practice. Layering his productions with dramatic symphonic vocals, and an aggressive number of synthesizers, his work began to tell the stories of his new life, the music communicating this evolution with emotive, passionate, unabashed fervor.
After spending the past 4 years tirelessly honing his sound Thomas Azier has emerged with his debut EP “Hylas 001”, released on his own label Hylas Records/BMG Rights Management. Exploring the inherent power of pop and its ability to transcend, communicate, and affect on mass, Thomas Azier’s epic sound is both nostalgic, and current; revisiting the sparkle and magic of the genre, so often ignored in the post-Internet (?) music era.
The 24-year old multi-instrumentalist is now working on his debut album, which follows his first EP “Hylas 001” and a second EP “Hylas 002” due out in Summer 2012.