Disco legend and dance music pioneer – CERRONE – has today released a brand new music video for his song ‘The Impact’. The new track arrives as the first single from a forthcoming new album: ‘DNA’ to be released in 2020.
Watch the Climate-themed Music Video for ‘The Impact’ HERE: https://youtu.be/WWhzu_m8ahQ
‘The Impact’ is a progressive house track that marks a return to Cerrone’s dance music roots and sets the tone for his upcoming new album.
‘The Impact’ itself has a stark climate change-awareness message. The track sees Cerrone sample a speech from famous ethnologist Jane Goodall, who has worked with chimpanzees all her life and changed the way that humans interact with animals:
“Every single day we make some impact on the planet.
We haven’t inherited this planet from our parents,
We’ve borrowed it from our children.
If we get together, then we can start to heal some of the scars that we’ve inflicted”.
Cerrone has been concerned with climate change for 40+ years, long before it became a prevalent issue in popular culture. His hit song ‘Supernature‘, considered his magnum opus, also revolves around the theme of the man-made destruction of the planet, a prescient prediction considering the exponential threat of climate change in recent decades. ‘The Impact’ ends on a more optimistic note than ‘Supernature’, alluding to a solution to the worsening crisis of climate change: “If we get together, then we can start to heal some of the scars that we’ve inflicted”. ‘The Impact’ is above all a message of hope for a new generation.
Speaking about this collaboration with Jane Goodall, Cerrone says:
“It has been 40 years since the release of ‘Supernature’, with brilliant lyrics by Lene Lovich. Just as I did then, I believe we need to take wise steps towards our collective future. With this in mind, I have chosen for this project to associate myself with Jane Goodall – a strong leader in environmental protection – to deliver a message of hope and responsibility for the preservation of our planet.” 
Cerrone will release his new album ‘DNA’ in 2020, arriving as his first studio release since 2016’s ‘Red Lips’. Handling all of the production for ‘DNA’ entirely himself, the new record marks a return to Cerrone’s roots in disco music. Speaking about the upcoming album Cerrone says:
“These past five years, I have developed a new form of performance through DJing, playing mostly my own repertoire. This has allowed me to revisit my catalogue and inspired the making of this album, an exploration of my musical DNA through my experience as a DJ.” 
In recent years, Cerrone has performed exclusively as a DJ having performed as a drummer for the vast majority of his career, with the switch to DJing allowing him to play the many hits from his rich catalogue. Cerrone will be playing a handful of tour dates across North America and Europe in early 2020 to support the release of the new album – watch this space for further details.
How do you make your way from Parisian suburb to Studio 54 ? Ask Cerrone. The story could have been very different if Marc’s mother did not decide to buy a drum-kit to channel her son’s energy in positive directions. As a teenager, the future « king of disco » was a very unruly child. But when he sat behind his drums, the young fan of Santana, Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears was gifted drummer who started dreaming of a life in music. But the problem was his father wanted him to be a hairdresser.
Cerrone was only 17 when he started his first band, Kongas, a funky Afrobeat and afro-latin music influenced combo. In Summer 72, while playing drums in St Tropez, the young musician was spotted but music mogul Eddie Barclay who decided to sign him and his band. In 1976, Cerrone started dreaming of a record mixing prog with soul and funk, orchestral composition and synthesized sounds.
To fulfil his musical fantasies, Cerrone chose Trident studios in London.
With a 16 minute long instrumental piece on the A-side, ‘Love In C Minor’ is an unidentifiable musical object way too confusing for french labels. Eddie Barclay told Cerrone: “This will never be played on the radio !”. “I don’t want to be played on the radio !” answered the producer.
Cerrone didn’t care. He pressed 5,000 copies of his new recording. The album received a boost from destiny: an order for the Parisian record shop Champs Disques was sent to New York by mistake and never got back. New York DJs loved the sound of the French producer. And so did Neil Bogart, boss of Casablanca Records. Cerrone saw this as a sign and decided he should try his luck in America.
Under the spell of the sound, Ahmet Ertegün, the owner of Atlantic Records offered a 7 years record deal to the french musician for 3 albums. In 1976, ‘Love In C Minor’ became a massive success and sold 8 million copies, soon followed by Cerrone’s ‘Paradise’ (1977) and ‘Supernature’, the same year. The French musician became a huge star providing disco smashes including ‘Je Suis Music’, ‘Look For Love’ and the Billboard Dance chart No 1 ‘Supernature’, all and won 5 Grammy Awards.
By 77, Disco music was ruling the entire world. The small Parisian urchin decided to move to New-York where he became the darling of the Studio 54 club scene. Every night, he hung out with Andy Warhol and Jean-Paul Gaultier, while Nile Rodgers couldn’t even get into the club.
When he was not partying, Cerrone was scoring the soundtracks of Brigade Mondaine (Vice Squad) adapted from erotic crime novels from French author Gérard de Villiers.
In 1986, saddened by a divorce and a cocaine addiction, Cerrone became depressed in Los Angeles. Yet it was then that Jack Lang, the almighty french Minister of Culture, asked him to organise a rock opera at Le Trocadéro. The composer accepted and asked members of YES and Earth Wind & Fire to join him. Following this amazing laser light show, the same minister ask him to deliver another performance for the bicentenary of the French Revolution at La Concorde.
Today, Cerrone is most sampled French artist of all time and has influenced and opened the door to the French Touch movement. Through artists like Modjo, Daft Punk and even Massive Attack, his legacy lives on, all of whom have been known to use an idea or two from the producer. As have DJs like Dimitri From Paris or Bob Sinclar (who indeed sold 1 million copies of his Cerrone by Bob Sinclair album) did too

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