is a musical group consisting of two
musicians, Michel Sanchez
and Eric Mouquet
. They compose a new kind of
, sometimes called ethnic electronica
, mixing ethnic with
electronic sounds and dance
or chillout beats
sound has been described as an "ethno-introspective ambient world
music". They were nominated for a Grammy
in 1993 for Best World Music
, and in 1996 they won the Award for the album
. The group also became World Music Awards Winner -
French group with the highest 1995 world sales. Their albums have
sold over 10 million copies.
Michel Sanchez came up with the idea of mixing the native Baka
pygmy spoken word with modern
music after hearing on-site recordings of these tribes conversing.
Along with Eric Mouquet
the project Deep Forest. Their first self-titled album (nominated
for a Grammy) was released in 1992, with "Sweet Lullaby" being the
smash single which would put Deep Forest on the musical map (UK Top
10 hit). The song "Sweet
Lullaby" is adapted from a traditional song from the Solomon Islands.
The album Deep Forest
dance-driven and the samples were heavily digitised and edited. It
was re-released as a limited edition in 1994 under the name
For their second album Boheme
, Eric and Michel left behind
the sounds of the forest and ventured into Eastern Europe bringing
tender, lonesome Hungarian and Gypsy chants with upbeat, yet sad,
music. Due to this shift, Dan Lacksman (from Telex
, producer and sound-engineer of the first
album) decided to go his separate way and continued working on
other projects like Pangea
chants were no longer brief, instead extended phrases had been
sampled from Hungarian and Transylvanian sample CDs. The duo
collaborated with Joe Zawinul
recording of the album.
The duo also performed and produced the remixes for the Youssou N'Dour
single "Undecided" in 1994,
with guest vocals by Neneh Cherry (who featured on n'Dour's
break-through single "Seven Seconds"). That same year Deep Forest
made remixes for Jon Anderson
"Deseo", Apollo 440
's "Liquid Cool" and
's "My Fatigue
is Endless". In 1996 Deep Forest collaborated with Peter Gabriel
on the song "While the Earth
Sleeps" which was written for the film Strange Days
The follow-up third album, Comparsa
, contained Spanish
chants and sounds. The music is often upbeat and celebratory. The
last song from the album Media Luna
, which was also
released as a single, features a duet of Syrian and Spanish singers
Abed Azrei and Ana Torroja
. A recording
of their live concert in Japan was also released on a CD called
Made in Japan
. Although all the songs featured in the show
are from the previous three albums, they have new often-longer
arrangements and all the chants are performed and reinterpreted by
In 1999 Deep Forest worked with Cheb Mami
and Catherine Lara on the song "L'Enfant Fleur" which had been
composed for Sol En Si (a French charity which helps HIV
In 2000, Deep Forest released their fourth album,
. It mixes pacific and island beats with
was the title of their fifth
much-anticipated official Deep Forest album which saw the duo turn
its attention to the Far East and the Orient for inspiration. It
also signalled a change in musical style for Deep Forest, from
dance to a more rock-influence.
In 2003 Deep Forest released a compilation album Essence of the
, with some remastered tracks.
Music for films
Deep Forest has two tracks on the soundtrack for the 1995 movie
Lounge" and "While the Earth
" (featuring Peter
One of Deep Forest songs, "Night Bird", was used in the 1996 film
version of The
Island of Dr. Moreau
In December 2000, Deep Forest composed a soundtrack for the French
film Le Prince du Pacifique
. The album, entitled
, is a return to a more ambient and melancholy
sound, with piano themes riding above moody synth textures, Pacific
Island chants, scratchy synth-leads and electronic drumming.
In 2004 the duo composed a soundtrack for the Japanese film
Kusa No Ran
Both Sanchez and Mouquet have worked over a variety of
side-projects and solo albums. Sanchez has two solo albums out and
produced Wes' successful debut album; while Mouquet created the
group Dao Dezi, collaborated with Catherine Lara and arranged
Thorgal, he composed and produced songs for Ana Torroja (Mecano),
Jean Sebastien Lavoie, and recently composed and produced songs for
Josh Groban.Eric Mouquet is now preparing 3 albums in the Deep
Forest first album style, Deep Brasil, Deep Africa and Deep
China.All these albums are grouped under the generic name of Deep
Forest had their first live concert in 1996 at the G7 Summit in Lyon,
They continued from there on to the Deep Forest 96'
world tour. During the 96' tour, Deep Forest performed a number of
shows in France, Hungary, Greece, Australia, Japan, Poland and
USA.After the completion of Comparsa there was a 98' world tour.
Since 98' there have been numerous live performances, including the
Image Concerts. The 'Image' concerts took place in Japan. The
concerts were based around the 'Image' album (similar to Pure
Moods), and featured a number of famous Japanese artists, also
including Deep Forest.
A percentage of proceeds from Deep Forest's debut album sales went
to the Pygmy Fund, set up to aid Zaire's pygmies in the transition
from nomadic to agrarian subsistence, and to provide appropriate
health care.A portion of the proceeds from 'Boheme' go to the
Gyoörgy Martin Foundation, which aids in protecting the Romany
(Gypsy) culture of Hungary.Deep Forest also actively supports the
Sana Madagascar Association starting with 'Comparsa'. "The aim of
the Sana Madagascar Association is to contribute protecting the
environment, to collect instruments and precious recordings in
order to allow the Malagasy man to save his culture, his nature and
his traditional music."
Mouquet was influenced by his interests in house and techno
Nominations in France and the USA
- 1993: Grammy Awards Best Album - World Music
- 1993: MTV Awards Best Video - Sweet Lullaby
- 1993: Victoires de la Musique Best Album - World Music
- 1993: Victoires de la Musique Best Group of the Year
- 1995: World Music Awards Winner - French group with the highest
1995 world sales
- 1996: Grammy Awards Winner - Best Album - World Music
- 1996: Victoires de la Musique - Best Group of the Year
- 1996: Victoires de la Musique - Best Album - World Music
- 1992 – "Deep Forest" / UK
- 1992 – "Sweet Lullaby" /UK #10,
U.S. #78 - over 1 million copies sold
- 1992 – "White Whisper"
- 1993 – "Forest Hymn"
- 1994 – "Savana Dance" / UK #28
- 1994 – "Undecided" (collaboration with Youssou N'dour)
- 1995 – "Boheme"
- 1995 – "Boheme" (the remixes)
- 1995 – "Marta's Song" / UK #26
- 1995 – "Marta's Song" (the remixes)
- 1996 – "While the Earth Sleeps" (collaboration with Peter Gabriel)
- 1996 – "Bohemian Ballet" (promo)
- 1997 – "Freedom Cry"
- 1997 – "Madazulu"
- 1998 – "Media Luna"
- 1998 – "Noonday Sun"
- 1999 – "Hunting" (Live)
- 1999 – "Sweet Lullaby" (live)
- 2000 – "Pacifique"
- 2002 – "Endangered Species"
- 2002 – "Malo Korrigan"
- 2002 – "Will You Be Ready" (promo)
- Deep Forest Biography: Contemporary
- Deep Forest Growing in Popularity