Underwater Pilots are Manuel G.
Richter and Gregoire Vanoli. They are a german band creating electronic pop
music with subtile darkness, melodic hooklines and dancable beats. Mostly they
are located in the area of dark-electro and the future-pop-scene.
Manuel G. Richter: vocals, production Gregoire
We met the first time for working on a remix and noticed that we had a
similar way of feeling music. But we also noticed our completely different ways
of producing. While working together, we saw how we could complement each other
and decided to start a project. This was the very beginning of Underwater
Why we´ve chosen Underwater Pilots
as our name?
We love spherical and liquid sounds... .. kind of an underwater feeling
. And we both love to sit in our cockpits, pressing buttons and turning
wheels... In summer 2002 we created a first demo. We worked on some older
tracks from Manu, giving them a more modern touch. We sent that demo to Repo
Records and... it worked!
summer 2003 we started to work on the album. At that time Manu was living in
Völkerhausen, Germany. A tiny village in the mountains near Hameln,
surrounded by forests. It was an ideal place to compose music: quiet and
At that time we had already prepared a lot of ideas for
songs. We decided wich ones would make their way onto the album. After that we
created sounds, arranged the songs, wrote and recorded the vocals, and so on.
That summer, we spent six great weeks in
Völkerhausen. Living in an old large house we could make sound whenever we
But at that time it was already clear that Manu will be
moving to Leipzig. So we decided to name our album "Tranquil Places".
It is dedicated to that village, the time we spent there and our studio cat
Sammy. The song "Leaving Home" is about leaving a beloved place and the
insecurity that comes when leaving everything behind.
Völkerhausen each one of us worked seperately on the songs. Manu moved to
Leipzig and Greg returned to Hamburg. We decided to work via the internet. That
way we were able to stay up to date with the current versions of the songs and
we could exchange critics and new ideas.
In april 2004
we met in Leipzig to finalize the songs. We spent two weeks recording some
missing vocal-tracks, mixing and discussing what was left to do - mostly small
details in the songs. Except "Ice Cream" and "Welcome To The
World" these songs completely changed their face during this period. And we
had some photo sessions with our photographer Jörn Stubbe. In november
2004 the debut Album "Tranquil Places" was released by Repo Records.
Through winter 2004 / 2005 we spent some time with
preparing the live concept and giving interviews for some german and
international magazines. In april we played the first small concert in Leipzig.
One month later we played the second show at the Wave Gotik Treffen. We
produced a remix for the Funker Vogt maxi "Fallen Hero" and a remix of
the song "Plug'n'Die" for Dope Stars Inc. Meanwhile "Tranquil
Places" was released in Russia by Soyus Music. In october 2005 we played
some gigs with Funker Vogt. In november and december Greg and Manu produced a
complete remix cd for Floating Stone under the name of Manu´s solo
project Xabec. Floating Stone is an acoustic side project of Jeff and Niko,
both are members of Anne Clark´s band.
"Tranquil Places" will be released in USA at VanRichter records. The cd
will include a remix of "Loud and Clear" by Dope Stars Inc. and an
exclusive mix of "Welcome To The World" by
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||UNDERWATER PILOTS "Tranquil Places"
- loud and clear
02 - welcome to the world
03 - i prepare
05 - i will fly
06 - why can´t it be simple
08 - flood
09 - survive
10 - so safe
11 - my darkness