Cassius’s Philippe Zdar has died after accidentally falling from a high floor in a building in Paris on Wednesday, his agent Sebastien Farran has said.
The French touch pioneer, born Philippe Cerboneschi, was 52.
Co-founding Cassius in 1989, Zdar played a huge part in producing some of the world’s biggest records, working with artists from Kanye to Cat Power to Franz Ferdinand.
A Cassius album, ‘Dreems’, had been planned for release tomorrow (June 21), and Zdar also produced Hot Chip’s forthcoming ‘A Bath Full Of Ecstasy’, also set for release tomorrow.
Cassius was a collaboration between Zdar and Hubert Blanc-Francard, known in the group as Boom Bass. Originally called La Funk Mob, they began recording in the late ’80s and early ’90s, releasing their debut Cassius album, ‘1999’, that year.
Tributes have been pouring in from the music world for the much-loved super-producer.
RIP Philippe Zdar, a visionary and tectonic force who shaped the geography of modern dance music. I am so sorry to the many friends who mourn his sudden and terrible loss tonight.
— THE BLACK MADONNA (@blackmadonnachi) June 20, 2019
Erm,something just woke me up and made me check my phone….::
I genuinely can’t believe what I’m reading. We spoke not even a week ago and everything was as it always was ‘genuine,inspirational chat’
The world ya lost a true icon,a visionary……. RIP ZDAR. pic.twitter.com/NGKwcEDeiN
— Oliver Jones (@I_Skream) June 20, 2019
philippe zdar was such a huge inspiration. i remember spending weeks mastering ‘unbelievers’ — putting it up against phoenix’s ‘1901’ as the benchmark of an incredible mix, —nothing could touch it. we had to mix it over and over again just to get close.
— Rostam (@matsoR) June 20, 2019