Having re-located to Germany from Chicago and London, Nick Maurer and Neville Attree find themselves at musical crossroads, neither quite sure which way to turn. By chance, they hook up while DJing in the tranquil surroundings of Heidelberg where, somewhat starved of home comforts, hanging out in the studio becomes the only logical thing to do. Results are immediate with every session producing ideas of scope and substance. The collaboration becomes a melting pot for their musical and cultural influences, producing a refreshingly unselfconscious collection of songs that encompass a variety of electronic genres.
The chemistry is potent; Maurer’s gift for bite-size storytelling, laced with innuendo and slow burning wit, make his vocal stylings the perfect foil for Attree’s intricate, melodic arrangements. Found-sound ambience, dusty samples and infectious hook lines flicker and brood while the dynamic beats and rhythms ensure the tunes gravitate towards the dance floor without sacrificing the music’s distinctive crossover appeal.
…and so it goes, Faded Ranger stumbles into existence – a meeting of minds, born out of circumstance and driven by a growing sense of destiny.
With lives focused on the art of making people dance, the pair have a broad spectrum of experience to draw on. Attree began DJing proto-house, hip hop, rare groove and go-go back in mid-eighties London and released on a few small independent labels during the nineties. Then, after moving to Germany in 2001 he co-owned LoFi Stereo before founding Gumption Recordings in 2005. Meanwhile, Maurer’s adventures as the front man of Chicago’s iconic Greenskeepers have taken him around the world as a DJ and performer. His inventive, floor friendly vocals remain in constant demand and over the past few years he’s consolidated his solo reputation on collaborations with Lopazz, DJ T and M.A.N.D.Y. to name but a few.
It’s also fair to say, their contrasting musical influences and interests outside the dance scene lend the project an extra sense of depth and a certain flair for the dramatic. After heavy doses of classical piano training as a kid, Maurer’s song writing skills were honed on guitar and drums under the influence of skateboarding and alt-rock, whereas Attree embraced all things electronic - from Heaven 17 to White Noise to Street Sounds Electro. More recently, he’s also been working as a musical director and composer for experimental theatre projects in Stuttgart and Heidelberg.