Front 242: Exclusive Florida Show
Circling Overland North America 2017
with Nina Belief (Live) & DJ Mystic Bill
@ The Ground at Club Space in Miami.
Front 242’s entire history was clearly defined from the start when, in 1981, Daniel B. laid out his ideas on the first single : Body to Body. Following the recruitment of Patrick Codenys-keyboards, and Jean-Luc De Meyer-vocals in 1982 for the first album GEOGRAPHY. In 1983, Richard 23 joins and completes the band as stage performer and vocalist.
A year later, the project / band developed and quickly reached a specialised audience in Europe. Successive tours and records are logical conclusions of the same concept of electro induced energy music. At the same time, the band already provided for its needs by having their own recording and graphic units. Wax Trax! from Chicago is interested in Front 242; they sign what will be their first US release : the EP “Take One” (1984)
In 1985, the band played for the first time in large European festivals and flew to the US for some dates. They were soon tagged as a very powerful live group, and this form of music continues to spread across Europe under the monitor of “Electronic Body Music” which is the term Front 242 used to described the music they have invented. It is a collage, a synthesis of music and sound, recycled from the media or TV; and Front’s own interpretation of other artistic disciplines.
1988 saw the release of “ Front By Front ” (including Headhunter and Welcome to Paradise) which placed the band onto most of the covers of the European rock press, and made Front 242 a well-known name in the United States via the Wax Trax! record label.
Front’s vision continued toward fuller maturity. The world drastically changed since 1991’s “ Tyranny For You“ album, and the members of the group moved with it. The two albums, “ 06:21:03:11 Up Evil “ and “05:22:09:12 OFF “ broke through the classical Front formula to bring in new vocalists, live guitars and drums. Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Sonic Youth) was called in to mix the album in Front’s studio. Released in 1993, the project showed the scope of radical invention and attitude, that goes hand in hand with Front 242’s music. These releases also allowed them to enjoy the wider reaches a major label could offer, including a summer on the 1993 Lollapalooza tour.
Taking a two year sabbatical didn’t stop Front from moving. It enabled them to realize two attractive CD’s: “Live Code”, recorded during their last world tour, brings to the forefront the power of the group’s live performance and sound and “Mut@ge – Mix@ge”.
The compilation-album “Mut@ge-Mix@ge” proposed The Prodigy, The Orb, Underworld, Rico Conning, and Front 242 all on the same record. More than a “remix” album, all the tracks, enriched by the innovative mixes of the other artists involved, and each dealing with different levels of technology, have been reedited in a specific order by Front 242 to provide a successful continuity of enveloping atmospheres and rhythms.
After a long absence, they releasesd the EP “Still & Raw” and the Album “Pulse”. Based on an aesthetic from the 70’s and 80’s, when the roots of todays electronic music were influenced by German bands , Front 242 re-invented their original sound that was at the center of their art and enriched by 20 years of experience. Analogue technologies and vintage machines pulsing into deconstructed tracks where emotion and research leads to a purely electronic attitude. The band toured the states in 2005 before disappearing from the US… until the legendary Wax Trax Retrospectacle concert brought them back in 2011.
Now, after several side projects and European tours, Front 242 are spending the year performing all over the world for their “CIRCLING OVERLAND 2017 TOUR, including the 12-date North American leg in September and October.
Front 242, an unpredictable band, surprises the old and new audiences – while continuing to make the link with today’s music… with no concessions to their integrity.
(Children Of The Box, Crimes Of The Future, Snuff Trax)
A leading proponent of the classic Chicago house and Detroit techno sounds.
Bill’s introduction to the dance music scene began in Miami during the mid eighties. Armed with a fake ID he would frequent local clubs and after hour spots in town. It wasn’t until Bill landed a job at Flamingo Record Pool (run by Bill Kelly of WMC fame) that he discovered house music. Bill remembers when promos with house & acid mixes started arriving from Chicago. He felt so in tune with what was happening that he needed to be there. He finally made his move in 1988 after frequent visits. Shortly after he began to play clubs and loft parties around the city. His first residency was at the “Shelter Nightclub” w/ Johnny Fiasco. He later moved to “The Vault” with Derrick Carter & Mark Farina, as well as “Normandy’s” with Ralphie Rosario. He currently frequents clubs like Panorama Bar in Berlin and also plays at other select destinations around the world.
His studio work began with a remix of Kay Ladrae’s “Lack Of Love” with Vince Lawrence & Karr Krash on Demand Records. More of his earlier production work can be found on labels such as Trax, Relief, & Clubhouse just to name a few.
Bill has recently created a buzz with “ U Won’t C Me ” which has been licensed four times this year, as well as a re-release of his Acid House classic “Take Me Back” (featuring a Ricardo Villalobos remix). Upcoming releases include remixes of Kiddy Smile – Teardrops In The Box on Defected records, an EP of unreleased material on Crimes Of The Future, as well as a string of releases that are due out this spring.
Nina Belief is a solo female electronic act based in Miami, focusing on the genres of minimal synth and dark electro. The Iranian born Tushna Pirrongelli originally began making music in 2004 with no prior knowledge or training. After discovering the world of analog synthesizers and drum machines, she began making music under the duo act Ronin/Kernkrach Records. The project eventually halted in 2008 and gave way for her to focus a solo music path.
In 2009, she released her first 10” LP with Genetic/No-em-blanc titled “System of Belief” containing the track Identity Crisis. In 2013, she released her first full length LP “Shivers” also on No-em-blanc records. A one off 7″ was also released on Flexiwave. Tushna has also been involved with several side projects including works with ADN Ckrystall, The Faceless 50 (with Geert Coppens of Twighlight Ritual), 65 Roses (unreleased to date) and Equinoxious.
Lately, she’s been clawing her way through the underground live circuit, always playing with an all analog setup of synthesizers and drum machines.