Many of us know Chicane for sweet vocals and entrancing harmonies, but who really is Chicane? The answer is Nick Bracegirdle, a producer, writer, and performer–but not a DJ. Sticking to powerhouse production team-ups, Nick has worked with a wide range of artists spanning Sir Tom Jones, Natasha Bedingfield, Cher, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Bryan Adams, Jewel, Gary Numan, and BT. Nick also performs live with a band with about four others, and while not technically a DJ, Nick is more of the musical glue or hub guiding the development of sound from multiple collaborators.
Chicane’s forth album, Giants, is a great example of the “Chicane Sound”: poignant, uplifting, and emotive. What Am I Doing Here? is a fantastic example of this sound. Interestingly, Chicane released two “Parts,” the first featuring female vocals with minimal synths that almost sound a cappella, and the second with male vocals and a higher-energy background. Nick explained in a video interview that they “had too many parts for one track” but that they were all “intrinsically linked,” and as a result he decided to produce two parts, each with different vocalists. Mysterious french born Blondine gets credit for the first, and Lemar Obika–who interestingly starred in the British talent show Fame Academy–gets credit for the second.
Both parts 1 and 2 of this track are sure to get some serious remix attention; Dimension has already provided us with a rework of part 1. Who will mix part 2? Stay tuned.