C2C is not be yet a household name for the electro/urban music enthusiast. But the three-lettername is nonetheless legendary in the world of “turntablism”, a highly technical yet intensely musical discipline, with performers using turntables as a bona fide musical instrument.
A Story Built from Scratch
The four members of C2C met in high school during their teenage years, and soon started developing their own unique performing style. Their achievements in the competition circuit come second to none. The quartet ranked #1 in the DMC World Competition four times in a row (2003-2006), thanks to their unique blend of breathtaking technical dexterity and innate musical sensitivity. The audience was astonished by their highly playful yet incredibly precise and spectacular routines, and the intoxicating jazzy tunes they managed to create through their deceptively simple contraptions. To this day, their live performances remain extremly popular, totalling more than 7 million views on Youtube alone, and continue to spread through online and social media.
Aside from their adventures within C2C, the four members have been very active on the French musical scene. 20Syl and Greem founded Hocus Pocus and released a gold certified album on Motown. The band is now widely considered to be one the classiest and most accomplished hip-hop acts of Europe. Atom and Pfel created on their side Beat Torrent, one of the most popular formations on the dynamic French electronic scene. Collectively, they can boast more than a thousand live performances. They never stopped working together, featuring on each other’s albums, but 2011 is the year when they finally reunited to produce C2C’s first album.
“We had to close the loop”, they say with a single voice. C2C’s true purpose, beyond competition, has always been to produce music, or rather to devise a brand new way to create and perform music. Now in their thirties, and freed from the constraints of the competition circuit, the quartet has matured, without losing any of its enthusiasm and energy. Rather than relying on borrowed samples and scratches, C2C has recorded an extensive palette of instruments: strings, brass, guitar, bass, keys, etc., often played on vintage instruments and equipment to capture the elusive “seventies sound” they so cherish. The result is an acrobatic yet deeply melodic and atmospheric series of pieces, a uniquely electrifying blend of electro, soul and hip-hop moods.
‘Down The Road’ EP Available Now
Album Coming Early 2013