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Phoenix on “crucial” late producer Philippe Zdar: “He was joy and chaos; a whirlwind”

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Phoenix have paid tribute to Philippe Zdar, the late composer and producer who worked with the band throughout their career.Zdar died in 2019 after he suffered an accidental fall from a rooftop in Paris.

He was 52 years old.Speaking to NME for this week’s Big Read cover story, the band reflected on their creative relationship with Zdar, paying tribute to the music industry legend and French house pioneer.“He was joy and chaos; a whirlwind,” frontman Thomas Mars said. “A producer that you dream of working with.

I’m sure that any band that worked with Phillippe came out of it stronger. You can not split after you work with Philippe: he’s a great producer and therapist.”While Zdar did not officially work on every album that Phoenix have released so far, when he wasn’t mixing or producing their records, he offered the band advice.

Despite his death, they told NME that his presence could still be felt during the sessions.“He was here in a way, more than ever on this album,” guitarist Christian Mazzalai said. “The first song we wrote for the album, ‘Identical’ [first released in 2020 for Sofia Coppola’s On The Rocks], was written just days after he passed.

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