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Etienne de Crécy (also known as Superdiscount, EDC, Minos Pour Main Basse and Mooloodjee) is a French DJ and producer who composes house music.


Etienne de Crécy was born in Lyon in 1969. Etienne moved to Versailles from Marseille in the mid 80's, attending the same Jules Ferry college as Air and Alex Gopher, with whom he later created the 'Solid' label. He then worked in Paris as a sound engineer at studio +XXX (plus thirty) where he met Philippe Zdar of Cassius, with whom he worked on the Motorbass album, a preview of what would be his second album: Super Discount, released in 1996, with Air, Alex Gopher and other French artists on Solid. Etienne de Crécy has been involved in various music projects where he worked as a producer.

Super Discount included the track: "Tout doit disparaître" (Everything must go), "Prix Choc" (Discount Price), "Tout à 10 Balles" (Everything for 1$) etc... Super Discount showed a liberated side of house, which was very electro but also club, and it became indispensable. Thus Super Discount is considered by many as the first album of what is called the French touch, which grew on the international scene in the future. Super Discount received very favourable reviews and sold over 200,000 copies.

Four years after Super Discount, he released Tempovision. Contrary to Super Discount, which was perfectly adapted for the radio, Tempovision is a mature album, a deep reflection on the electronic music of this time. In Etienne de Crécy's opinion it was a blues album, which shows that the concept is far from others productions. 3D animated videos to accompany singles from the album were directed by Etienne's brother, Geoffroy de Crécy.

Finally, eight years after the first Super Discount album, came Super Discount 2 with the original team, plus Cassius, which means many of the best French electronic artists. For this album, he used only old analog instruments, for example a TB303, and produced twelve electro-house-pop-new wave songs designed for clubs, in the continuity of the first Super Discount. The single "Someone like You" was an immediate hit for House music fans. Another hit track of his is "Am I wrong". In this track he uses a sample of Millie Jackson's voice singing "Am I wrong to hunger...". This is an excerpt from the song "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right. The spirit of the album is the same: it is fun, fresh and striking. Pursuing the Hard Discount concept of the first album, all the tracks are named by peer-to-peer clients names: "Overnet", "Napster"… For Etienne de Crécy: “you have to be autistic in working in the music industry not to realize that something happens through the MP3 exchanges. It’s not discount anymore! It’s free!” and adding “what the music industry doesn’t understand, is that young people will not build their own music culture if they don’t have free access to the music.”

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