These days collaborations in dance music are a dime a dozen, but when Sebastien Benett, Antoine Clamaran, Gregori Klosman, Tristan Garner and Michael Canitrot formed Reepublic something was distinctly different. Rarely do collaborations involve five artists whose solo careers are already as strongly established as this group. The idea for the production supergroup grew from idle discussions during the guys’ frequent run-ins at airports and on tours, before finally culminating at last year’s Miami Music Week. “We had a dinner together,” the group reflects, “and came out of the conversation with a common wish of joining the forces in the studio and to play all together behind the decks. That’s how Reepublic was born.”
“Turn Off the Light,” Reepublic’s inaugural release, is a sharply produced progressive house effort with robust choral sections and pounding, big room appeal. Featuring T-Elle’s powerful vocal styling and impossibly massive chordplay, the collaboration glows with elements of each producer’s own personal style. The unorthodox quintet felt that it was essential for all five producers to be present in studio while the track came to life, each playing an integral role in every aspect of the track’s development.
Coming from a variety of different music styles and backgrounds, Reepublic consider their “different approaches to music as a great value.” Each artist has injected a piece of himself into the production — all with one goal in mind, a desire for “creating a real song, not just another track.”
Discussing their methodology for producing with five artists in one studio, the supergroup tells DA; “Before locking us down [in the studio,] each of us brings in music he likes to gather ideas. After some discussion the in-studio madness begins.” It’s this unique and open-minded approach that allows Reepublic to create tracks that aren’t restricted by style or atmosphere.
With their already busy solo careers, Reepublic acknowledges that their next release may be months down the line. “It takes time,” they admit “to start from scratch and end up with a song like [‘Turn Off the Light’]” luckily, they are already planning a second studio session — this may be the first time we are hearing from Reepublic but it certainly won’t be the last.