Atlas Corsini : DJ – Musician – Producer – Singer – Songwriter
Atlas is an enigma. A multi-talented singer, songwriter, DJ, producer, musician and performer with his feet firmly on the ground and his finger on the pulse of the music industry collective.
With three albums already released, he is currently working on his fourth, together with providing tunes and beats for third parties and DJ-ing at local venues throughout Portobello and the West End. He has performed throughout Europe, South America and South East Asia, including Glastonbury, La Batoufar, Paris, London’s Gay Pride, The Jazz Café, Camden and Hammersmith Apollo to name a few.
Atlas is multi-genre. His eclectic musical preferences are vast, but Rare Grooves, Funky Balearic House, Acid Jazz, Salsa and Samba beats, together with Afro Cuban, Funk and Reggae all come from his heart. Born in Bulgaria, raised in London, Atlas has roots from both Eastern Europe and Africa. A 70’s upbringing infused with all of the funk from that era, which is evident in his clever crossover mixes when you hear his music and his DJ sets.
His musical talent began with his first school band on the keyboard, in the 80s, playing covers.
In his late teens he began DJ-ing in and around London. After leaving school and discovering the rave scene, experiencing its pinnacle through the ‘Summer Of Love’ in 1989, he was given a bass guitar. He continued Dj-ing whilst mastering this new instrument, which he then went on to perform with at Glastonbury.
Atlas went on to study Jazz Ensemble under the instruction of UK Jazz Fusion pioneer and Miles Davies biographer Ian Carr of Nucleus fame. He then took some singing lessons with Rachel Bennett, one of the country’s leading voice coaches for both actors and singers at The Weekend Arts College (WAC), which boasts an impressive list of Alumni including Courtney Pine, Miss Dynamite, Kevin Mark Trail, Zoe Rahman (MOBO winner) and the UK King Of Soul, Omar.
After completing five years of intensive study there, he was becoming a sought after session bassist in the 1990’s ‘Acid Jazz’ scene playing with some of the UK’s most respected artists.
His session credits include Angie Brown, Zoe Rahman, Popps Mohammed, The Soul Immigrants, Daniel Bedingfield, Topper Headon (The Clash), Moby and Chaka Khan.
He has had the pleasure of playing with a wonderfully eclectic array of guest musicians on his albums including Ashley Slater (Freakpower), Hugh Burns (Wham, George Michael), Roy Dodds (Fairground Attraction), Mark Vanderguht (Marlena Shaw, Stretch, Galliano), Tom Meadows (Duffy), Zoe Rahman (Perrier Jazz and MOBO award winner), Jessica Lauren and guitarist, Eric Appapoulay (Plan B, Nitin Sawney).
Atlas’s debut album, “The First Sensation” was mixed by Sound engineer Nick Sykes who’s extensive body of work includes The Average White Band, The Rah Band, Dusty Springfield, Duran Duran, Sam Brown, Sinead O’ Connor and The Sex Pistols.
This album was championed by both Mica Paris, on her Soul show by the legendary Tony Blackburn, BBC and pirate radio disc jockey, who dubbed Atlas as ‘One To Watch’.
“The First Sensation” produced a single that landed in at number 38 on the Mexican iTunes charts. At the time, it was a record for an independent artist without any major advertising campaign, management or support from the music industry to get so far.
His second album, “The First Sensation Remix” was mixed by EMI maverick artist, Gisli Kristjansson who has continued working on all of Atlas’s releases since then.
His third album, “Rock n Soul Dream” shows off his multi-instrumentalism more explicitly, leaning more heavily towards electronic production than any of his previous projects, marking a new artistic era for him. ‘King’ James Shepheard (Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs) adds exquisite electric guitars meshing afro cuban, funk and reggae flavours.
What’s Next For Atlas?
Atlas is currently producing his fourth album, beginning with the release of his first single from the new album, “Lifetime“, produced by Neon Trax Studios, available here.