These three arguments are the best words to describe the new band project dOP which was created by Clement Aichelbaum, Damien Vandesande and Jonathan Illel. All three were born in 1980 and know each other for over 20 years now. The first music project they did together was a rock Ìn Ìroll cover band for the “France MusicDay” in 1994. Afterwards the guys made many experiences in different music styles like hip-hop, jazz and reggae, and also started different band projects.
Five years ago they had discovered electronic music, and started immediately with composing electronic music in their own style. From this point dOP was born and the first high rated releases and remixes on the labels MilnorModern, Circus Company, Eklo, Orac and Einmaleins followed in 2007 and 2008. Another important and famous person for their development in this business was Nicolas Sfintescu from Nôze, because they share the same idea of making organic dance music in the classical way of composing with real instruments and voice. Not only thinking about music, also dividing the studio and sharing instruments is the best way to delineate their relationship between each other.
A special preference of the three guys is their love for collecting instruments such as flutes, horns, percussions, glockenspiele, saxophones and many more. Mostly they are together in the studio and work in a very collective way. This is also a very big tick for the amenity between them, because most of the time they do all things together. Illness is also no reason for staying not together!
This is also why their tracks are always different like their feelings and frame of mind. The same applies to singer Jonathan Illel with his lyrics. For the French band it Ìs very essential and traditional to speak about experiences, moments, past or future – dOP always is trying to give a message!
Also a further passion by the three boys is to work in cooperations with friends like Nôze, Aquarius Heaven, Cat Ìz n ÌDogz, Sety, Dave Aju, Khan, Guy Gerber, DJ Koze, Wareika, Guillaume & the Cotu Dumonts, Tiefschwarz, Mathias Kaden, or in projects like Enliven dOP Acoustics (Enliven Deep Acoustics) from North Thuringia, Germany, or as Armaberokay with friends from Kassel, Germany.
In 2009 they released new Eps and Tracks on Circus Company, Eklo, Supplement Fact, Mothership, Children of tomorrow and Safari. Also they did remixes for Get Physical, Rebirth, Souvenir, Peppermint Jam, i ‘m single, Lessizmore, Electrochoc, Synchrophone, Brownswood and a little bit more. The year later in June 2010 they released their first Compilation on Watergate Records for the famous club Watergate from Berlin. In October appears their eagerly- awaited first album on Circus Company called “GREATEST HITS”.
Actually they are playing all over the globe, so don’t miss them on stage and enjoy their show to get your own view if their music is dOP!