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CHICANE LAUNCHES SAMPLE-BASED MUSIC-MAKING COMPETITION FOR 1997 DEBUT ALBUM, ‘FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWDS’

Off the back of re-releasing his 1997 debut album ‘Far From The Maddening Crowds’ with all-new Evolution Mixes, legendary electronic music producer Chicane is launching a full-fledged, sample-based music-making contest. Hosted in tandem with Tracklib – the world’s first and only digital service for clearing samples – and globally renowned dance music label Armada Music, the competition commemorates the 25th anniversary of his debut album as well as the fact that Chicane’s music is now available on the platform for sampling.

With an official release on Armada Music on the table for the best submission, the sample competition is a golden opportunity for producers from all over the world to gain a career-furthering foothold in the highly competitive dance music scene. Participants are invited to sample Chicane’s classic songs to create new music, for which Tracklib is offering a special (and exclusive) sign-up trial that includes 15 free downloads from their 100.000-song catalog. The competition’s full ruleset can be found at https://www.tracklib.com/blog/chicane.

“I’m excited to see what people can do now that I’ve made these samples available through Tracklib. In some way, it’s like passing the baton,” Chicane says.

“Dance music has always been about sampling and re-using existing material, but offering music pre-cleared for sampling is a big leap,” Michel Peek, Head of Publishing at Armada Music, says. “We find it inspiring Chicane is so forward-thinking and we’re curious to hear how Tracklib’s talent pool will use his repertoire.”


“Chicane is one of the founding innovators of modern trance, Balearic house and ambient house,” Pär Almqvist, Tracklib’s co-founder & CCO, adds. “We’re very excited to make his seminal music available for sampling on Tracklib, and can’t wait to hear what our community of talented music producers will create based on his music. As a part of adding Chicane’s music to Tracklib, we couldn’t resist setting up a competition together with his star-studded label, Armada Music. First prize in the competition is to get an official release on Armada Music – a dream come true for any talented music producer!”

About Chicane

Chicane (Nick Bracegirdle) has been a mainstay in global electronic music culture since establishing himself with the seminal ‘Far From The Maddening Crowds’. On the 1997 debut album, he moved with ease between ambient soundscapes, breakbeats and Ibiza-inspired dance anthems. As one half of the duo Disco Citizens, Chicane first entered the Top 40 charts in 1995 with their hit ‘Right Here Right Now’. In the decades to come, he’d find his way into the charts numerous times through collaborations with the likes of Tom Jones, Ferry Corsten, Cher, Natasha Bedingfield, Keane, and of course Bryan Adams (worldwide #1 single ‘Don’t Give Up’). The U.K. producer has been a part of Armada Music’s roster since 2012, and has been working with the award-winning dance music label for almost a decade and a half.

About Armada Music

Armada Music is the biggest independent dance music label in the world, founded in 2003 by Armin van Buuren, Maykel Piron and David Lewis (AR-MA-DA). A six-time winner of the IDMA for ‘Best Global Label’, Armada Music cultivates the globe’s biggest dance music catalog of over 40.000 titles from a mouth-watering artist roster that includes the likes of Andrew Rayel, Armin van Buuren, ARTY, Brando, Cat Dealers, Chicane, Ferry Corsten, Loud Luxury, Morgan Page, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Tensnake.

About Tracklib

Tracklib is the world’s first and only digital service for clearing samples, finally solving a huge problem in the music industry and leveling the playing field by making sample clearance accessible and affordable. Their catalog consists of over 100.000 all-original recordings from over 400 record labels/publishers around the world. The catalog includes everything from Isaac Hayes to Mozart to Jazz artist Bob James, whose music has been sampled in thousands of songs. Samples from Tracklib have been used in major songs from artists such as J. Cole, Phantogram, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Lil’ Wayne, DJ Khaled and BROCKHAMPTON.