Birth of the Chill embodies one and a half years of musical creation and representation of the Sciences Po Paris campus of Reims.
The first 10 tracks of the album were recorded during one monstrous session from 9h30 to 18h30 on Thursday May 9th, 2013 at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Reims. The Beenz are eternally grateful for the Conservatoire faculty, especially François Eberlé and Nicholas Bouvier, for their invaluable help. The tracks were recorded live with a few overdubs. The album name is an homage to Miles Davis’ groundbreaking album, “Birth of the Cool,” which set the standard for following recordings in the genre of cool jazz.
The Beenz didn't have enough time to record the last track, “K-Phunk” at the conservatoire, so they had to engineer a trans-Atlantic recording session. Chill Beenz gives an enormous thank you to Pat Fisher, who laid down a sick impromptu drum track for this tune, while visiting Dan's home studio in Vienna, Virginia, USA. Loïc sent his keyboard track all the way from Paris, France, and Khalil (Special K) threw down the vocals from Toronto, Canada. This track truly encapsulates the Chill Beenz philosophy, and it simply had to be on the album. Chill Beenz has both the wonders of 21st century technology to thank for the recording of K-Phunk, as well as the talent and generosity of people like Pat and our friends John Fee and Nate Wilkinson and who kindly lent us their drumset and garage, respectively, for the recording.
The release of “Birth of the Chill” in February, 2014 coincides with the closing days of Cholangiocarcinoma Awareness month. Cholangiocarcinoma, (also known as bile duct cancer) is a rare form cancer that has touched the lives of close friends of the Chill Beenz circle—Lori Sachare, who is bravely fighting the disease today, and Ron Moehle, a dear friend who has passed away. 100% of proceeds from online sales of this album will be donated directly to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. The members of Chill Beenz have never sought to profit from their music, and respectfully invite fans that wish to support the research and patient care sponsored by the foundation, to consider donating, if they have the means.
A big thanks to Daniel Christensen, an art student at Rhode Island School of Design and long time friend of Dan Nothaft, who donated his time and talent to design the album cover. Check out his work at the link below.
(Props as well to Henry Paikin for the epic graffiti Chill Beenz logo featured at top right)
Also, thank you, Reims administration, especially Olivier Ruchet and Nathalie Jacquet, who supported our collaborative project from the start.
Last but not least, look out for the hard copy of Birth of the Chill, available soon on CD!
Note: payments for the download in currencies other than euros will be automatically adjusted to euros at the current prevailing exchange rate.