Pascal Gabriel

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Pascal Gabriel
Occupations Songwriter, producer, mixer
Years active 1988 – present
Associated acts Andy Bell
Bomb the Bass
Dido
EMF
Goldfrapp
Inspiral Carpets
Ladyhawke
Kylie Minogue
Miss Kitten
S-Express
Website www.melophobia.com
Notable instruments
Korg Mono/Poly
Logic Audio

Pascal Gabriel is a Belgian-born musician based in London and France.

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His musical career began in 1977 in the punk rock band The Razors (bass guitar and backup vocals). He left Belgium for London in the late 1970s and worked as a freelance sound engineer in various studios, earning a reputation for innovative remixes for artists like Marc Almond (Soft Cell) and Yello.

From 1981 to 1982 Gabriel was half of Music for All, a collaborative project with John Lipnicki. The first performance was in an operating supermarket in west London on 21 March 1982. Following further improvised electronic performances Gabriel left to concentrate on studio work while Laurence Hughes joined Lipnicki in Music for All.

Toward the end of the 1980s, Gabriel was a producer and co-writer for S'Express and Bomb the Bass—two of the first sample-heavy dancefloor artisans of that era. He claimed a number one UK single with the S'Express track "Theme from S'Express" and a number two with Bomb the Bass' "Beat Dis."

Following the success of S'Express and Bomb the Bass, Gabriel embarked on a series of projects, mixing, producing and writing with a variety of artists, including Claudia Brücken (formerly of Propaganda), Erasure, and Debbie Harry from Blondie.

In the 1990s, Gabriel moved away from beats and breaks and into the pop music world, collaborating with EMF, Inspiral Carpets, Kitchens of Distinction and Falco.

From 1996 to 1998 he wrote, produced and performed with the Mute Records-signed band Peach (known as "Peach Union" in the U.S. due to another band already using the name). Their song "On My Own" was featured prominently in the film Sliding Doors.[1]

From then until 2006, Gabriel collaborated with a host of popular artists, including the then unsigned singer Dido (with whom he wrote several songs: "I'm No Angel" and "Here with Me" from her multi-million selling debut album No Angel), Kylie Minogue (including "Your Love" for her album Fever), Dot Allison, Natalie Imbruglia, Rachel Stevens, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Skye Edwards (Morcheeba), Bebel Gilberto and many others.

Since then, getting back to his more left-field electro/punk/dance roots, he has co-written and produced electro artist Miss Kittin's solo album BatBox and five tracks on New Zealand star Ladyhawke's debut album, Ladyhawke (including the singles "My Delirium", "Dusk Till Dawn", and "Magic"). He also co-wrote "Tune Into My Heart" on Little Boots' début album Hands.

He carried out additional production Goldfrapp's fifth album, "Head First", and co-wrote and produced three tracks on Marina and the Diamonds 2010 album "The Family Jewels", and the song "Can't Beat the Feeling" on Kylie Minogue's 2010 UK number one Aphrodite album. In 2010, he co-produced Non-Stop the Andy Bell's second solo album.

He has recently co-written five tracks for Will Young's 2011 UK number one album Echoes, including the single "Losing Myself", and has co-written and co-produced and mixed all tracks on Ladyhawke's 2012 album Anxiety,[2] recorded in his studios in France and London.

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