Cha Cha Cha2018
“Cha Cha Cha“, the long awaited debut album by the three-member band Champyons, is set to be released on the 16th of March via Embassy of Music. Inspired by the great collectives of the pop-art and early hip-hop era, Champyons combine R'n'B, rock and electronic elements to form a collage of pop culture and musical influences. Traditional song structuring is combined with sample-infused beats to create an album pushing the boundaries of classic genres. This kind of innovative songwriting finds its provisional climax in the fourteen perfectly polished songs counted on the album “Cha Cha Cha”. Opener “Dusty” unites dreamy strings and Kptn’s distinctive timbre to a spherical masterpiece, fitting either for sunny or cloudy daydreaming. Second single “Maria-Luiza” is a caricature of a classic rock arrangement, performed with unconventional methods, “Most of the “live” instruments such as guitar and beats used are sampled and modulated. Roundabout half of the instruments originate from our voices which we heavily pitch, distort or filter to achieve the desired sound. We like to build our own “synthesizers” that way. Even the drums are partly achieved with this method. This might have a certain band character to it but is far away from a classic performance in the production process,” says the band. The video released for “Maria-Luiza” plays with the theme of “first encounters”, using an analogue look to deliver the message, “When I first heard “Maria-Luiza” I almost instantly knew, that I wanted the video to have a distinct analogue look so we chose a Super 8 camera with Kodak Vision films”, says Flx. Third single “Oceans” will be released March 16th 2018. An earwig of a chorus is met with a perfect arrangement to create a textural song, deep as an ocean itself. “Living in the Movies” combines classic elements of disco with playful vocal lines to an intelligent indie pop song. Carried by a funky bassline, this song generates a cinematic sound experience perfectly fitting both the small and the great blockbuster moments in life. “No Applause”, in opposition to the title itself, is worth a long lasting standing ovation. The clearly recognisable joy in experimental songwriting rewards the listener with a creative piece of music set to make your body move. With “Geld”, a perfect blend of smart instrumentalisation and a clever use of vocals, Champyons present to us a jewel of a song. The musically versed use of autotune and the resulting break with the classic indie rock scheme unveil the full potential of the band. The trio Champyons, consisting of Kptn (Vox/Keys), Flx (Bass/Guitar) and Tweety (Drums) first received international attention by cooperating with EDM-Heavyweight ZEDD on their song “Changes” and contributing it for the project “Skrillex presents: Free Treats”. In the following years Champyons paved their way into the international music scene working between Europe, New York and London. While creating new music and passing ideas from laptop to laptop in the most variant places, on train or while flying, the three musicians slowly moved away from their rock music roots and evolved their sound into more creative realms using sample cutting, drum looping and experimental songwriting. An important milestone in the bands history marks the self-released single “Roaming in Paris” in 2014, connecting classic storytelling à la Leonhard Cohen with modern R’n’B elements. After acclimating to Berlin’s pulsating music scene the band signed a record deal with the Label Embassy of Music and started working on their first longplay record in 2016. For the genesis of the album Champyons decided to independently produce their debut. In the mid of 2017 the work on the album mix in collaboration with the critically acclaimed producer Axel Reinemer (Rihanna, Jason Derulo, Jazzanova) was finished. At the same time the trio met with top-class contemporary artist Michael Sailstorfer who designed iconic sculptures as the band’s visual trademark.