Daniel Vangarde, the man who alarmed France

The ace of dance music who, mainly as a duo, made France dance all over the world and who, despite selling millions of records, kept his anonymity ? And who is called Bangalter ? For those who follow music, the first name is Thomas Bangalter, one half of Daft Punk with Guy-Manuel de Homme-Christo from 1993 to 2021.

But there’s another Bangalter who ticks the same boxes: his father, Daniel Bangalter, who wrote and produced under the pen name Daniel Vangarde – a reference to the famous British plane – from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. , a series of hits, sold or adapted beyond our borders.

Daniel Vangarde, in Paris, October 6, 2022.

Ring saws for scraping (She, I only want her) to the Latin disco of the Gibson brothers (Cuba, What will happen to my vision?…) or Ottawan (DISCOTHEQUE), from the afro hit Black Blood (OH [A Mwana]) funky zouku La Compagnie créole (It’s good for morale, Masked ball…), several iconic failures (indescribable Who will look after my crocodile this summer? d’Ottawan) and so many other pieces by Sheila, Carlos, Karen Cheryl… Unknown to the general public, Daniel Vangarde nevertheless abundantly fed the collective memory. And without a doubt, the unconsciousness of the son who became one of the masters of the techno generation.

The upcoming compilation of twenty songs, The Vaults of Zagora Records Mastermind (1971-1984)it testifies to what his factory of effervescent hits was. “I went to see on YouTube if I really produced all those songs. It’s all far away.” smiles the seventeen-year-old about the selection of compositions delivered to him by the record and publishing company Since Music, to which he entrusted his repertoire ten years ago.

“More than staying in the shadows, I chose not to be in the light. »Daniel Vanguard

At the beginning of October, Vangarde comes to Paris to organize the release of his compilation. In more than fifty years of his career, he gave several interviews. Faithful to the discretion of the songwriters who decided not to expose themselves as performers. “More than staying in the shadows, I chose not to be in the light. I wanted to lead a peaceful life. » Even if this little-known legend of French pop would sometimes suffer if his merry collection of hits were belittled. Before critics rediscover him as “father”.

“Daniel Vangarde was one of the most unusual personalities of his time, assures musician and producer Bertrand Burgalat, fascinated by the work of Daft Punk as much as Bangalter Sr. Disco music is often looked down upon, even though it is one of the most difficult to play. This is due to the excellence of studio musicians and producers such as Vangarde. »

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