Staying on track with the German trance theme, I decided to write an offshoot from my Cosmic Gate entry. Nic Chagall (real name Claus Terhoeven) is one half of the well-established duo, Cosmic Gate. Ever since 2006, he has gone back to working on his solo productions. What’s cool about Nic is that he still remains remarkably dedicated to his work with Cosmic Gate, and the group hasn’t lost a step in their music. Being able to split his time between his solo work and the group work, while maintaining such a high level of quality is exceptionally respsectable. Nic has also started his own podcast, titled Get the Kicks, which is updated every first Monday of each month. Let’s take a closer look at his productions.
His style can be considered very progressive with dreamlike breakdowns and steady, driving beats. You can almost hear some of the same basslines that you find in certain Cosmic Gate tracks, but this should not come as a surprise to you as the two styles mesh frequently. Another similarity is Nic also likes to work with vocals, and a high percentage of his work involves a singer. He also uses a guitar-like synth in many of his tracks, which shows that his musical influence does not come solely from dance music. I like to think of his work as a softer version of the Cosmic Gate sound, but this doesn’t mean it isn’t just as good. Take a listen and hear for yourself:
Nic Chagall – Monday Bar (Sunset Edit)
This was his debut single in 2006, released on High Contrast Records. It definitely has a dreamlike feel to it.
Nic Chagall – What You Need (Original Mix)
Here is the banger that became his trademark song. As per his website, this song “turned every dance floor into a mini rock concert, simply by the ingenious use of the guitar riff in the break”. It was released in 07, and the remix EP was released the next year with great reworks by Marco V and Sergio Fernandez.
Nic Chagall – What You Need (NC’s In Love With Prog Mix)
Here is his own remix of his own song. I guess nobody knows your own song like you do.
Nic Chagall – Back to San Francisco (Original Mix)
This is one of two of my favorite NC tracks. There’s something about the bassline that just drew me to this track. It was released alongside the track, Borderline.
Markus Schulz – Cause You Know feat. Departure (Nic Chagall Remix)
Released in 2008, this track has a Cosmic Gate beat to it with a Nic Chagall synth. It also exhibits similarities with the next song I am about to show you. Great job on the remix.
Nic Chagall – Sky Blue (Original Mix)
This is my other favorite NC track. It has a big, booming bassline matched with a nice and heavy melody. It was released in 2008 along with another track, Sun Red. You can also hear a little bit of Monday Bar in this one. Perfect track to my ears!
Dash Berlin with Mitiska, Cerf, and Jaren – Man on the Run (Nic Chagall Remix)
This is one of the two remixes made for this great track from 2008 (the other coming from Andy Duguid). I like the Dash Berlin version the most, but Nic has a nice interpretation of this song. The version I have uploaded is the short version from Armin’s ASOT2009 album.
Nic Chagall – This Moment (Prog Mix)
Here is the latest single from NC. It was featured on Armin’s Universal Religion Chapter 4 compilation, and this is the version I have uploaded. I actually like the dub version more, but I haven’t purchased it yet so this is what you get, haha.
Check out his website and his podcasts here.