Dima AKA Vitalic Shares His Influences for 1999 EP ‘Fuckeristic’
Pioneering French producer, Pascal Arbez-Nicolas AKA Vitalic, has been dominating dancefloors across the globe for two decades. Forged in the fiery furnace of 90s rave culture, Pascal’s distinctive style takes inspiration from the iconic era, fusing synthetic sounds in fresh and exciting ways with an electrifying energy that’s hard to match.
His debut album, ‘OK Cowboy’ (2005) and following ‘V Live’ (2007) releases remain amongst the most celebrated bodies of work within the influential French electro movement. More recently his 2017 release, ‘Voyager’ took listeners on a cosmic journey through disco and new-wave-leaning influences, garnering critical acclaim.
Pascal also has revered reputation for cutting-edge live performances and stunning scenography that saw him featured in the Design Museum London’s recent ‘Electronic’ exhibition.
2021 marks the 20th anniversary of his storied career, with rumours of new material from Vitalic coming later this year. Kicking celebrations off, Pascal goes back to his roots to release a remastered version of his ‘Fuckeristic’ EP, produced under his first artistic alias, Dima, and originally released in 1999.
Traditionally, as Dima, Pascal had explored darker styles of electronic music. Yet ‘Fuckeristic’ stands out for clearly showing the sonic evolution from Dima into Vitalic, which he launched just two years later.
Ahead of the release, Pascal shares some of the musical influences that inspired him during the original creation of ‘Fuckeristic’ back in 1999.
Josh Wink ‘Don’t Laugh’ (1995)
‘Don’t Laugh’ is a huge acid anthem and you could easily have it 3 or 4 times at parties. I think it is still amazing how this track is at the same time complex and powerful with just a few elements. And kinky too.
Energy 52 ‘Cafe del Mar’
‘Café del Mar’ is a huge trance tune that made me dream about the German scene as a high school kid. It’s melodic and uplifting.
Daft Punk ‘Rollin & Scratchin’ (1995)
In the mid 90s the acid and techno scene was repeating itself and Daft Punk came up with a totally new sound, bending genders between techno and rock. It really changed the game as we know it.
Technasia ‘Descent’ (1997)
The French band Technasia brought something very personal to the scene when they came up with that tune. I enjoyed the melancholic riff repeating itself for 7 minutes on banging 909 drums.
Drax LTD II ‘Amphetamine’ (1994)
This long track is a trippy voyage, yet almost a hardcore banger. This is to me, the exact definition of techno when it’s both powerful and melodic.
Green Velvet ‘Flash’ (1995)
This EP from Green Velvet is totally ground-breaking in many aspects. It was a UFO in comparison to what was released at that time, very low fi and punk. Still a classic and very inspiring.
Dima’s ‘Fuckeristic’ EP dropped via Citizen Records on February 12th and is available to listen to below and to buy from here
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