1996: “Offshore”. Quite an entrance into the world of music….
Since establishing himself in 1997 with the seminal ‘Far From The Maddening Crowds‘ & breakout album ‘Behind The Sun’ (2000), through to his second-gen LPs; ‘Somersault’ (2007) and 2010’s ‘Giants’, Nick Bracegirdle has fashioned a flawless and hit-filled album discography.
The roll-call of names he has worked with is diverse and impressive: Bryan Adams, Sir Tom Jones, Natasha Bedingfield, Adam Young, Cher, Kate Walsh, Christian Burns, Paul Aiden, Lisa Gerrard; as well as new and up and coming artists such as the Maltese singer Joseph Aquilina , and the Icelandic band Vigri. All of which represent a strategy of not being in one place or being pinned down.
Born in Chalfont St Giles, England Nick Bracegirdle was very quickly acknowledged and applauded for supplying the chillout soundtrack to the seminal and some say, greatest Ibiza period. “Offshore”, and then “Saltwater”, becoming the aural backdrop to the Ibiza of sunsets and sunrises.
There are however, two sides to Chicane, the records and the live performance. Over the last fifteen years the standard and excitement of the Chicane shows has grown and the live shows permeate the very essence of what Chicane is all about; people together sharing a unifying moment through music, no matter what age or culture they belong to.
Chicane rather confusingly for those early dance fans, is a band. They have played festivals, Glastonbury, V Festival to name two UK events, and countless gatherings around the globe, indeed on every continent.
Powering out hits such as, “Offshore”, “Saltwater”, “Don’t Give Up”, “Stoned in Love”, “Poppiholla”, juxtaposing them with the more esoteric and loved tracks from the six studio albums and, newer live favourites such as “1000 Suns”, crowds easily warm quality.
Following on from this, his 2018 album ‘A Place You Can’t Remember, A Place You Can’t Forget’ has something for all the emotions. It resonates with the Chicane of old and Chicane of now.