Azari & III

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Azari & III
Azari & III Sziget (7773485438).jpg
Azari & III performing at the Sziget Festival in August 2012
Background information
Origin Toronto, Canada
Genres Chicago house, nu-disco, deep house, garage house, dance
Years active 2008 – 2013
Labels Dim Mak Records, Turbo Recordings, Loose Lips, Island
Members Dinamo Azari
Alixander III
Starving Yet Full
Fritz Helder

Azari & III (pronounced "Azari and Third") were a Canadian music group formed in 2008, performing house, electronic and dance music. They released their self-titled debut album in 2011 and have earned recognition on the dance music scene with hits "Hungry for the Power" and "Reckless (With Your Love)".

History[edit]

Dinamo Azari and Alixander III had been DJing for several years, before they decided to work together. Fritz Helder and Starving Yet Full met at a karaoke bar while "dancing to Donna Summer".[1] By 2008, all four had formed Azari & III, but it wasn't until 2009 that their first single "Hungry for the Power" was released, followed by "Reckless (With Your Love)", which drew the attention of Canadian DJ, producer and musician Tiga. The music video accompanying "Hungry for the Power" was considered too controversial by YouTube which took it off their website for several weeks.[1] In 2010, Azari & III collaborated with Friendly Fires on a track "Stay Here" and released solo singles "Indigo" and "Into the Night".

In August 2011, the band released a new single, "Manic", alongside their debut album Azari & III, which charted at number 13 in UK Dance Albums Chart.[2] Two first singles, "Hungry for the Power" and "Reckless (With Your Love)", received a re-release, and the band appeared on a number of festivals, including Glastonbury and Lovebox in the United Kingdom, and Sónar in Spain.[3] Singles "Hungry for the Power", "Manic" and "Reckless (With Your Love)" placed at positions 2, 7 and 121 respectively in the 2011 year-end list of the German Club Charts.[4] Azari & III also contributed remixes for artists like Robyn and Cut Copy. In February 2012, their debut album was re-released in Europe and the band continued to perform for the rest of the year, including appearances at festivals Southside and Hurricane in Germany, Hove in Norway, Exit in Serbia and Sziget in Hungary.[5] Azari & III also performed again at the Lovebox Festival in London, headlining the Dalston Superstore Live stage.[6] The single "Into the Night" was re-released and received a music video, followed by the release of a new single, "Lost in Time". "Reckless (With Your Love)" placed at number 3 in the 2012 year-end list of the German Club Charts.[7]

In 2013, the band released a remix album and the single "Indigo". Another remix album, Body Language Vol. 13, was released the same year, consisting of remixes of other artists' songs. In November, Alixander III informed on his Facebook page that the band were splitting.[8] Their official website and Facebook page have since been taken down.

Band members[edit]

  • Dinamo Azari (b. Christian Farley) – producer, musician
  • Alixander III (b. Alphonse Lanza III) – producer, musician
  • Starving Yet Full (b. Cédric Gasaida) – vocalist
  • Fritz Helder (b. Rodney Morgan) – vocalist

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 2011: Azari & III

Remix albums[edit]

  • 2013: Remix Album 2013
  • 2013: Body Language Vol. 13

Singles[edit]

  • 2009: "Hungry for the Power"
  • 2009: "Reckless (With Your Love)"
  • 2010: "Indigo"
  • 2010: "Into the Night"
  • 2011: "Manic"
  • 2012: "Lost in Time"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sergio del Amo. "Azari & III". www.playgroundmag.net. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  2. ^ "2011-08-20 Top 40 Dance Albums Archive". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  3. ^ "AZARI & III ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DETAILS". livemusic.fm. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  4. ^ "Deutsche Club Charts: die 40 Tophits der elektronischen Club Musik". www.djcharts.de (in German). Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  5. ^ "AZARI & III » Live". azariandiii.com. web.archive.org. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  6. ^ "Lovebox Sunday - Dalston Superstore". dalstonsuperstore.com. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  7. ^ "Deutsche Club Charts: die 40 Tophits der elektronischen Club Musik". www.djcharts.de (in German). Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  8. ^ "Azari & III announce split". www.factmag.com. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 

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