Name Your Slippers

by Astypaz

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about

Three cities define Astyplaz’s musical journey thus far. Astyplaz is a neologism. It is composed of the word “asty” which in Ancient Greek means city and the French word “plage” meaning beach. With this neologism, a poetical metaphor of beach culture to the city is achieved (city beach). Astyplaz is an Athens based 4 piece electronica/ synth pop outfit. Astyplaz is formed of Dioni (whose remarkable voice is heard in English, French and Greek), P. Dreamweaver, Stathis and George.

The Artracks studio in Athens is the meeting point of the varying inspirations of the members of the group and simultaneously the place of the final shaping of the group’s musical identity. Sydney is the birthplace of Dioni (the singer and lyricist) and where she acquired her musical and theatrical education. In Montreal L Music discovers Astyplaz and takes them under its wing to take them on an international journey.

In the summer of 2004 Astyplaz debut album Name your Slippers was released in Greece and Cyprus (Plus Rec / Universal Music). The Album title was inspired by surrealist author G.C. Lichtenberg (1742 – 1799).

To this day Astyplaz have contributed tracks to many compilation albums in their native Greece such as:

Inoteka Club Traxx V.I.O (Capp Records)
The Strength of Whispers (Universal Music)
Greek Electro 01 (Universal Music)
Eclectic Dance Vol 1 (Plus Rec/Universal Music)
Greek Electro 02 (Universal Music)

At the end of 2004 Rock n’ Roll Magazine names Astyplaz’s album Name your Slippers as one of the top 6 albums of 2004.

Also ‘Lifting Shadows from the Sand’ was selected to be included on the CD of music magazine Rock n’ Roll. This song skyrocketed to the top of many radio stations’ charts with the Number 1 spot being maintained for many weeks on Z95.7 and Radio 1 88FM.

Following the debut album release, a series of live concerts ensued playing alongside names such as Faithless (to a 5,000 strong crowd), Chemical Brothers, Soft Cell, Daf, Covenant, Haujobb, Melotron and Sigmatropic. Astyplaz also performed as headline act in concerts throughout Athens and in other cities of Greece such as Patra and Thessaloniki.

Around the same time various artists remixed different tracks of Astyplaz. Dimitris Papaspyropoulos, a famous Athenian Producer and Radio DJ, remixes ‘Spreading Life’ (An optimistic celebration of life and nature). The German based bands Haujobb remix ‘Toybox’ and Endraum remixed ‘Prey’, and the Italian based band Frozen Autumn remix the hitherto unreleased `Orpheus and Eurydice` .

With the commencement of 2005 Astyplaz continue their live appearances throughout Greece including outdoor appearances as part of the International day of Music, many interviews and preparing for their big step of spreading their wings across the Atlantic with the upcoming release of their debut album in Canada by L Music.

This release was enriched with two new songs and two bonus tracks, the first bonus – exclusively for Canada, is a surprise cover track made famous by Depeche Mode ‘Walking in my Shoes’ and displays a more acoustic side of the band showing that Astyplaz is not only confined to the electronic genre. The second bonus track, like the above, has never been released in Greece despite its Greek lyrics as they are curious to see how a foreign audience will respond and receive this unusual synthesis of electronic music and Greek lyrics.

credits

released September 27, 2005

All songs written by P. Dreamweaver
All lyrics written by Dioni
Tous Les Jours written by Yianis Koukakis
Walking In My Shoes written by Martin L Gore
What If Feels Like, guitars played by George Priniotakis

© All songs published by Kali publishing ( a division of L Music Inc.)
Except for Walking in my shoes Published by EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING LTD.

Assigned by GRABBING HANDS MUSIC OVERSEAS LTD.

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Chic Vinyl Records Montreal, Québec

Prior to the launch of Chic Vinyl Records in 2013, company founder Gilles Petelle had successfully established L Music, an independent Canadian record company and Kali Publishing.

A veteran in the music industry with over 35 years experience Gilles Petelle’s artistic roadmap consists of diverse and complementary experiences.

Since then, Gilles has turned his attention to independent production.
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