Apollonia on French Touch Versus Minneapolis Touch and "Top Secret" New Album
Dan Ghenacia, Dyed Soundorom, and Shonky are each celebrated DJ-producers in their own right.
But as Apollonia, this Parisian trio is even greater than the sum of its individual members. It is a collective dance music powerhouse that, in many ways, encapsulates the global house music zeitgeist of 2014.
Of course, that has plenty to do with the threesome's French touch heritage, Paris being the hotbed of that sampledelic filter-house sound, which ruled the '90s airwaves via exports like Daft Punk, Cassius, and Etienne de Crécy.
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"We love to sample -- it's probably one of our biggest heritages," Apollonia tells Crossfade. "French producers have a strong history with sampling in dance music."
But thanks to their jet-setting DJ lifestyle and constant zigzagging around the global party circuit, Apollonia is no longer just a purely French phenomenon.
"To be honest, we are not really in the French scene anymore," the trio insists. "France was very important for us in the '90s. But in the last 10 years, we have been living between Ibiza in the summer and Berlin in the winter."
So these days, Apollonia has come to represent an international dance-music flavor of their own invention -- one that combines the driving beats of Balearic tech-house with euphoric strains of funk and soul lifted straight from Prince and his Minneapolis touch. A winning feel-good formula for the dance floor, to be certain.
"The Minneapolis sound is a mixture of black music and white soul -- this is what we try to do when we mix," the trio explains. "We don't play one way. We love to mix a techno record with some deep house, a minimal track with a garage vocal."
"Apollonia is the girlfriend of Prince in the movie Purple Rain. She's the one who gives him his infamous white guitar as a love symbol," they add, explaining the inspiration behind their collective name. "But more than being fans of Prince's music, it's the idea of the melange that we like."
Finally, while Crossfade was able to confirm that Apollonia's upcoming debut long player is in the works, the threesome plans on keeping a tight lid on the project.
"We will announce the concept of the album this summer and it will be out in the autumn," they promise. "But at the moment everything is top secret."
Apollonia. Saturday, January 25. Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $20 to $30 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-375-0001 or visit clubspace.com.