Collaborating was a spur of the moment idea and they started their project soon after. When Michel first moved to Berlin from Canada, they finished their first three tracks together. There was obviously some good chemistry between them as one of those first tracks, "Wake Up", became a big hit on Bunker Records (NL). Michel runs his own record label, Gingerbread House Records (CA), which was started in Canada in 1999. His first two Sneak-Thief 12" releases were a mixture dirty Detroit-style beats and new-wave electro; however, his next two EP's are a deep excursion into electro-funk, disco and broken beats.
Sneak-Thief can be simply described as great melodies, ass-shaking basslines, and debonair drums. Stephan Busche spins under the name DJ Gitano and is one half of Fancyman. Fancyman started in December 2000 and is a project with Berlin producer Kai Lillich - it's inspired by early 80's dance music, Chicago House and Italo-disco. Stephan is also an avid record collector who loves old Italo-disco and Canadian-disco - some of his favourite labels include Il Discotto, Memory, Salsoul, Unidisc, Vedette, Quality. Giorgio Moroder, Gino Soccio, Front 242, Chris and Cosey and Kirlian Camera all carry a great importance for Stephan: For my taste, a lot of this older music has more soul and captures my feelings better. Michel also carries this sentiment: I believe there are a lot of musical journeys started by various producers from the early 80's that are worth pursuing further.
As such, we're not interested in duplicating what's already been done, but rather carrying forward a tradition of dark, moody, and evocative electronic dance music. The key is to avoid the easy musical clichés by focusing on song structure, harmonies, and skillful drum programming. Lindsay-J (Lindsay Griffin), a long-time collaborator of Sneak-Thief, joined the Polygamy Boys in 2003. Her fresh and soulful vocals bring a touch of class to the Boys in both the studio and during their live performance. The Polygamy Boys have put together a fantastic live performance which includes live synths & samplers, DJ'ing, live vocals, and projected visuals. It is the culmination of 7 years of Sneak-Thief's live experience and Gitano's 20 years of DJ'ing.
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