Rest in Peace, Philippe Zdar!

One of the true pioneers in French DJing, Philippe «Zdar» Cerboneschi (52), died after falling from a 19 storey building two days before Cassius were supposed to perform at L’Olympia in Paris. He was one of the two producers in Cassius. 

Zdar and Boom Bass started working together in 1988, producing albums for the French hip-hop artist MC Solaar. In 1991, they created their first project, called La Funk Mob, and the following year, they started to increasingly experiment with electronic sounds. Zdar’s experience with electronic music was influential in his involvement with Étienne de Crécy in the project Motorbass, who released a sole full-length album, Pansoul.

In 1996, Zdar and Boom Bass then created “Foxxy”, their first self-released house music track, under the name Cassius, and the moderate success that followed lead to them remixing tracks for acts such as Air. In January 1999, they released their first single to become a mainstream hit, “Cassius 1999”. It was published by Virgin Records, and entered the UK Singles Chart at #7. This was soon followed by their debut album, 1999, which had two more singles released from it, “Feeling For You” and “La Mouche”. The music videos for “Cassius 1999” and “Feeling for You” portrayed the character Deadman, from DC Comics, as a DJ superhero.