Quantic - Dancing While Falling
The new album by Quantic - aka multi-instrumentalist, DJ,
composer and producer Will Holland - is in many ways an
evolution. Now 20 years into his career, ‘Dancing While
Falling’ is the British-born New York-based artist’s most
live-sounding, euphoric and, in his own words, grown-up
release to date.
Predominantly recorded at his own Brooklyn studio, Selva,
Quantic’s initial idea for his new album was to experiment
sonically. However, after a while, he changed direction and
realised that the record needed to also relate to the
human condition - not just his “singular pandemic
wormhole”. The demos, then, started off as symphonic,
loosely disco-era dance music – a departure from his
previous Latin and Spanish instrumental releases.
Influenced by legendary artists in the scene like Bohannon
and Larry Levan, Quantic wanted to make a disco-leaning
album at first. “I’m really interested in Latin music and Afro
Caribbean rhythms and I think there's a really amazing
point in history where the emergence of those rhythms
and its combination with American soul sparked what we
now know as disco,” he says.