The Early Recordings (1996 - 2002) Electronic

by Caesar Gergess

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about

This compilation of unreleased early songs mostly recorded with Rene Gely my Canadian guitar teacher who happened to be a great pianist too with a great sense of humour is finally seeing the day thanks to Bandcamp and other means of digital release. At that time circa 1999/2000, I sure looked for a label or a major in Paris to release my songs but maybe not quite enough and I definitely haven't knocked on the right door as most of the guys in the music industry asked me to sing in French, told me that my songs were not interesting, that I had no talent, that there's nothing they can do blablabla.

My musical influences for the electronic songs at that time were the Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, New Order, Marc Almond, Electribe 101, Boy George, Underworld, GusGus and more upbeat stuff however melancholic and fresh at the same time. If you can dance to those, that's fine! :-)

Miss Diana Ross herself whom I met at one of Radiohead's first concerts up at the bar of Le Café de la Danse in Paris, told me: 'Caesar, you gotta do it just like me 24/7, there's no other way!' while blessing me with her hand on my head and all that hair, believe it or not. Mitch Clark who worked with the Pet Shop Boys at EMI once told me: 'Keep on trying and keep on writing songs, it will all happen one day!'

So I kept on recording new material and writing new songs while taking guitar lessons with Rene Gely, and being the voice of The Joy Society (Jacques Le Honsec / Philippe Pajot) with whom three singles got released in Europe and the US.

Then I met David Guetta and Joachim Garraud with whom I recorded a song written by Chris Willis which unfortunately didn't make it to the final cut of David's second album.
I reunited with Jacques Le Honsec and Christophe Decroix and formed Slyguess. I wrote songs, sang, shot videos, played the theremin and believed in this band big time. Many wild concerts and fun studio sessions happened before the release of the album 'Besides' available here on Bandcamp.
Finally, after Slyguess split for no reason but our lives moving on in separate ways, I recorded 'Journeys by Night' my jazz album with The Dusk Wanderers.
And last but not least, almost at forty, I met the unique Billie Ray Martin and did my first remix ever for her brilliant cover of David Bowie's After All. My next step is to record the following album to 'Journeys by Night'.
A wise man once told me: 'There's a time for everything and fully living your life is a job at full time. Never give up on anything you want that's all!'. So no regrets at all, these songs happen to be released in 2014 and I'm thrilled about it!

Much love to you all, Caesar.

credits

released October 3, 2014

All songs written by Caesar Gergess except 'Holidays In The Sun' written by Caesar Gergess and Jacques Le Honsec for The Joy Society, 'White Horse' written by Laid Back, 'Breathe' written by Caesar Gergess and Mickael Kaiser, 'Disappear', 'Spaced Out' and 'Sorry' written by Caesar Gergess and Franck de Rabaudy, 'Love Is Love' written by Boy George and Roy Hay, 'The Sound Of War' written by Caesar Gergess and Amer Ghandour for Cedar Scent, 'Forbidden Pleasures' by Caesar Gergess and Romain Curtis.
All vocals and back vocals by Caesar Gergess.
All tracks recorded at Studio Ma Maison, except 'Holidays In The Sun', 'In The Bush, Push' and 'White Horse' recorded at Jet Lag Studio Paris, 'Breathe' recorded at Mickale Kaiser's home-studio in Paris, 'Forbidden Pleasures' recorded at Romain Curtis's home-studio, 'The Sound Of War' at Studio M6 and 'Disappear', 'Spaced Out', 'Sorry' and 'Love Is Love' at Franck de Rabaudy's home-studio in Paris.
All tracks protected by Sacem.
Photo by Alek Bimbiloski.
Artwork by Caesar Gergess.
Remastered by Caesar Gergess.

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Caesar Gergess Paris, France

Journeys by Night is the debut album by Caesar Gergess & The Dusk Wanderers. It depicts a stroll around a city at night punctuated by different stops in pubs, bars, cabarets and of course, jazz clubs.

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Track Name: Forbidden Pleasures (with Romain Curtis)
FORBIDDEN PLEASURES

Here we are, once again
On the dancefloor, sipping drinks
Drinks are soft potions of sex
Mix the mix, feel the effects
The Dj spins, the substance soars
The head heats up and spins some more
Bodies shake, twist and move
Move closer ‘til close is close

Feel my hand, touch your skin
Sweap the sweat, lick your chin
Uninhibited and obscene
Get down on me love supreme
Are we being watched, I don’t care
The more they watch, the more you dare
My hands release your lovely head
I am warned out and nearly dead

I WANNA LOVE YOU
BUT I’M LOST IN FORBIDDEN PLEASURES
I WANNA GIVE YOU LOVE
BUT I’M LOST IN FORBIDDEN PLEASURES

Here we go and dance some more
Another drink and more is more
I twitch and bounce on demand
Electric bolts numb my hands
Morpheus prince of sleep
Pulls me down until deep is deep
Time goes by, you’re with someone else
Then we wake up in different beds

I WANNA LOVE YOU
BUT I’M LOST IN FORBIDDEN PLEASURES
I WANNA GIVE YOU LOVE
BUT I’M LOST IN FORBIDDEN PLEASURES