Paris, France (June 20, 2019)—Acclaimed producer and one half of French dance outfit Cassius, Phillipe Cerboneschi (best known as Zdar), died following an accidental fall from a building in Paris on Wednesday (June 19), his agent Sebastien Farran confirmed. He was 50 years old.
Formed in 1996 with Hubert Blanc-Francard (aka Boom Bass), Cassius, in addition to creating its own music, produced records for an array of high-profile artists, including Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip, Beastie Boys, Phoenix and many others. The pair’s latest album, Dreems, is set for release tomorrow (Friday, June 21).
Figures from across the music industry have been paying tribute to Zdar on Twitter. Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos said, “Totally devastated by the loss of my friend Phillipe Zdar. Can’t really process it at the moment. Just feel awful.”
DJ and producer Calvin Harris Tweeted, “Awful news about Phillipe Zdar, what an unbelievably lovely man with an incredible legacy,” while Rostam posted “every single mix on ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’ is a masterpiece – loud, exciting, wide as hella and never, ever harsh.”
Last month, PSNEurope interviewed Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor about the making of the band’s new album A Bath Full Of Ecstasy, which was co-produced by Zdar. Taylor described Zdar as “a positive force,” adding “he united the whole band and provided an environment and space for us to work with him that made it very comfortable for us to all get involved, play simultaneously and improvise”.