“This is music I made whilst consciously trying to disengage from electronic dance music’s genre/sub-genre loop. It’s a call-it-what-you-want/it-is-what-it-is, maximum latitude album.No matter what I do though, whatever style I produce in, it’s always going to have that Chicane sound, feel and vibe to it.” – Nick Bracegirdle, somewhere up the mountain, Jan 2012
Since establishing himself in 1997 with the seminal ‘Far From The Maddening Crowds’ & breakout album ‘Behind The Sun’ (2000), through to his second-gen LPs; ‘Somersault’ (2007) and 2010’s ‘Giants’, Nick Bracegirdle has fashioned a flawless and hit-filled album discography
The roll-call of names he has worked with is diverse and impressive: Bryan Adams, Sir Tom Jones, Natasha Bedingfield, Adam Young, Cher, Kate Walsh, Ferry Corsten, Christian Burns; as well as new and up and coming artists such as the aforementioned Joseph Aquilina , and the Icelandic band Vigri. All of which represent a strategy of not being in one place of being pinned down.
Born in Chalfont St Giles, England Nick Bracegirdle was very quickly acknowledged and applauded for supplying the chillout soundtrack to the seminal and some say, greatest Ibiza period. Indeed, Armin van Buuren is on record as saying that Chicane started the Trance scene.
Offshore: and then Saltwater becoming the aural backdrop to the Ibiza of sunsets and sunrises; Offshore first coming into existence in 1996.
Nick has never wanted to stand still, it is always ongoing and, after five studio albums the quality and musical inquisitiveness are always present.
There are however, two sides to Chicane, the records and the live performance. Over the last fifteen years
the standard and excitement of the Chicane shows has grown, and the live shows permeate the very essence of what Chicane is all about; people together sharing a unifying moment through music, no matter what age or culture they belong to.
He prefers to remain an enigma; preferring to stay up a mountain somewhere in Europe and make music, with the occasional appearance live in whatever figuration takes his fancy. The live appearances in whatever shape or form are always a special event.