Interviews
JASON DAVIS: Thank you Fancy for taking the time to be our first official interview at the site from all of our management, staff and members - we appreciate your time and your insight about your stellar career as a musician and artist, and our "King Of Disco". Here are some questions for you:
 
JD: For me, my first FANCY single I purchased was the 1984 smash hit "Slice Me Nice" - may I ask what brought you to record the dance genre of music as a career?
FANCY: “When I heard the sound of Bobby Orlando’s “Shoot Your Shot” (Divine) I was sure for me that sound can bring all the people to the dance-floor. So I produced in this way always thinking that a nice melody has to be transported on a good dance-floor sound and it worked.”

JD: As the 1980's progressed your music became much more orchestrated and symphonic starting with the hits “Bolero" in 1986 and even more so on “China Blue” in 1987. Was the change to a more orchestral sound your personal choice or was it a reaction to work by peers in the industry?
FANCY: “This orchestral sound was the offering of our keyboarders at that time, … it was a time-spirit situation. We were so proud to have this sound in that time.”



JD: In 1988, you recorded what many feel is your signature song, "Flames Of Love". It continued with the very beautiful productions and the self-titled album was a worldwide hit. That song was so big it was difficult for stores to keep it in stock here in North America on import. Do you feel that song is aptly known as your "signature song" and if so, why?
FANCY: “I had different hits in different countries. For example, “Check This Out” was on the U.S. Billboard Dance Charts at (I think) #12. This song was not a hit in Mexico, but the Mexican people liked “Latin Fire”. But in all the countries “Flames Of Love” was a hit. I have a local cover version from Honk Kong in the Kanton-Hong Kong language that is very funny. But it shows in South West Asia is also (“Flames Of Love”) the favorite Fancy hit. One side is the sound, and on the other side it’s the melody. I think that combination from this sound and this melody (don’t forget the strong-line words … flames of love!) is the combination to get the power hit and so I think, is this song (worldwide) the biggest signature song.”

JD: The album "Flames Of Love" is still considered iconic by fans of the euro-disco genre, also including the hit “Fool's Cry", respectively. If I may ask, is it your favorite album and if not which one from your career are you most proud of? Also, what single is your personal favorite?
FANCY: “The (my) favorite album is “Flames Of Love” with the single, “Fools Cry”, but also the album “Forever Magic” with the single ,“A Voice In The Dark”.”

JD: A question asked very often to me was why the stellar single "No Tears" not appear formally on any album, including the current album at the time, "All My Loving" which included the hit, "Angel Eyes" and “Running Man” from the same year (1989) as well? It had an anti-war theme and was one of your best!
FANCY: “I was proud of the “No Tears” video and I think “No Tears” (with the important anti-war message) is the “forgotten” song of my career.”

JD: In 1990, you suddenly left your career long relationship with Metronome Records finishing with the album “Five”. What was the inspiration to change to a new label?
FANCY: “This was important for me because Metronome changed its team, the people, … they worked good for me, left.”

JD: With Grant Miller, you produced in my opinion the most poignantly elegant melancholy dance track ever made, “Lost In Paradise”. I have heard rumors it was written for you, but later given to Grant Miller as a single. Can you tell us more about that release?
FANCY: “Yes, we had a meeting and the song was planned as a single for me, but at the same time we were looking for a strong song for Grant. So in the end, we were sure that it is better to give the song to Grant.”

JD: One other question about one of your protégés was asked often at the time, and that is what happened to Tom Carabba whom you produced the incredible single “The Deliverance” ?
FANCY: “He was singing promptly (and as) one of our keyboarders and I was sitting 2 hours and the song was ready for the production.”



JD: In the many years I spent assisting with ordering imported dance music and doing lighting in the local discotheque, your releases were often confused with the Pet Shop Boys. I can’t count how many times one of your late 80s hits was played and people asked, “what is that new Pet Shop Boys” song. We would always say, “it’s Fancy”. How do you feel about the comparison?
FANCY: “You know the PSB (Pet Shop Boys) started with Bobby Orlando in NYC. I hope they like some of my songs and also I like the PSB songs. I visited with them at many concerts in London and in Munich. I will send you a CD with 2 remixes I made in the 80s for the PSB. So, sometimes the sound was close.”

JD: Your first release after leaving Metronome Records was a “greatest hits – remixed” CD called, “Six : Deep In My Heart” which contained several rap versions/updates of your classics and some great new songs in your classic style. The rap versions of “When Guardian Angels Cry” and “Fools Cry” were met with tepid response at the time by fans here, but did very well in the clubs. How did you feel about them?
FANCY: “The songs’ fans were shocked to do an original song in a rap-version, and the clubs were happy.”

JD: The change in style from euro-disco to euro-dance style was embraced by you with the two singles on Polydor. “Love Has Called Me Home” and “No Way Out”. Both singles were hits in the clubs here at the time in 1993, but no album was released to our surprise. May I ask was one planned?
FANCY: “No, with Polydor there was only two singles made.”

JD: Your 1999 co-production with the famous euro-dance producer/writer David Brandes called “D.I.S.C.O” did very well, and even included background vocals on the lead track by the iconic Lyane Leigh of E-Rotic fame (who also got her start as a background vocalist for Bad Boys Blue in the 1980s). Two singles were released, including the lead and “How Do You Feel Right Now?”. The latter which features the auto-tune effect featured on Cher’s #1 hit “Believe”. I personally loved, “Everlasting Dance”. Did you enjoy that collaboration with David Brandes and would you do more with his style in the future?
FANCY: “The work with David was very professional. The time has changed. I have no seen him in a long time.”

JD: On the album “Strip Down”, you featured the hopeful Eurovision entry, “We Can Move A Mountain”. It was a huge success in the clubs here. How did you enjoy doing a Eurovision intended track?
FANCY: “This was an idea from Ralph Siegel to make a song for Eurovision. I had a lot of fun between all these artists.”

JD: “Locomotion” was a very interesting album in 2001. It was another interesting mix of remixes, covers and new songs, including a great Roy Orbison cover of “Pretty Woman”. I had thought since the “Love Has Called Me Home” video you may have liked him as an artist as well as Elvis Presley. Is that correct?
FANCY: “I will send you the CD compilation “Fancy & Friends”. In the booklet, you will find the answer (from Michael Jackson/1995 Budapest).”



JD: There was a long period between 2001-2008 where you had no official release. We are very thankful you are back! May I ask, did you take time off or did you have another reason for taking a break from recording new material?
FANCY: “From 2007 until now I was in Russia many times and the eastern countries. They are playing the 80s euro-music as timeless retro everywhere.”

JD: In 2008, your fans’ prayers were answered with the stunning new album “Forever Magic”. The lead single from the album was a remix of your 80s classic, “A Voice In The Dark”. The album was rich with wonderful updates of classics meshed with some incredible new songs like “Little Juliet” and the inspired “For One Night In Heaven” which became instant classics. One stand out I must mention was your utterly stunning dance cover of Frank Sinatra’s iconic “My Way”, as I don’t think could have been done with more style and class. Were you happy with the release?
FANCY: “Last week, I had a concert in Gdansk (Poland) and after the show in the dressing room they showed me a video-cut where I could see some people with tears in their eyes (in the passage-instrumental fade out of “My Way”), when I am leaving the stage.”

JD: The album “Forever Magic” was originally a Russian release, and then later as an EU release in Germany with additional tracks (most notably the aforementioned USA remix of “Wait By The Radio”). I was wondering if it was originally intended to be released to the EU in time, or was it due to demand outside of Russia to acquire it (as Russian releases are very difficult to acquire outside their region)?
FANCY: “This album has a special edition contract for Russia, Czech Republic, Ukraine , Belarus and Baltic States. One year later we released the album again in other countries”



JD: Do you think the onset of digital music is a good thing, or has it hurt the industry in your opinion?
FANCY: “It is like day and night, like hot and cold.”

JD: In North America we were never able to view your music videos until the internet allowed it so you were a little mysterious to us here and even today some videos like “No Way Out” are extremely hard to find to even view online. How do you feel about the music video as an art form and promotional tool?
FANCY: “Sure, a clip can help promote a product. On ZYX Records soon there is a new Video-Collection with many clips.”

JD: Are there any current chart topping artists in the world you currently enjoy?
FANCY: “I liked the first 3-4 hits of Lady Gaga. I like the songs and the very good production style.”

JD: Do you intend on continuing your music career for many years to come?
FANCY: “This music industry is a little like roulette, hoping for success”

JD: Are there any plans to tour in support of the new remix album including North America?
FANCY: “It is a long time ago we made a show in North America. We have a lot of promoters in many countries but not in North America. If you have any ideas let me know.”

JD: Is there anything you would like to say to your fans both new and past at this time?
FANCY: “I wish all the best to all friends, fans and the listeners of my music … and I wish that I can see you in a Fancy-concert in your country.”

With Love - FANCY

October 2012
 


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