Asia 2001 - France
Gilbert Thévenet (mostly known as Martin Cooper), is the man behind Asia 2001. He has been making music since the beginning of the last century's decade, and was there since the expression "trance music" was first used.
Beside Asia 2001, French Cooper is behind projects like Loren-X, Guarana Cupana and other aliases, just like Moby, that emerged together with him. In his early days he had several collaborations, including ones with Laurent Garnier, David Guetta, Scan-X and others.
During the '90s, Cooper had albums on R&S, Polygram, and F-Com, and at the same time released on his own label, Trans'pact Productions, established back in 1992 with his wife Thaisha.
Tracks like Fly in the Rajasthan and Nomads of the Future were played in every party in Goa. By the time his Strange World album came out, the music of Asia 2001 and Martin Cooper was already a main pillar in the Full Moon parties also in Koh Phangan. Goa Gil played Asia 2001 on his sets, and included Vertige on his Burning Man mix. Trans'pact was going from strength to strength, and ranked at one point the No.4 trance label in the world. With dozens of releases and an expanding catalogue, the label gave a stage and was a prominent starting point for several artists including Spectral and Transwave, who have released their first tracks on Trans'pact.
Goa Exit grabbed additional attention, and the label was at its peak. In 1997, after the falling of Flying Distribution, Trans'pact (along with its sub labels), signed with Avatar.
Avichay Avigal has joined Asia 2001. Ama Zone came out in 1998 on Avatar. Sony Music licensed the album, as well as Dreamland that followed. The albums were released locally in countries like India, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan. It was the first psytrance album ever to be manufactured and released locally on Indian soil, with coverage on the local media and press incl. The Times of India. X-Ray EP was played across Europe and the clubs of New York and L.A. While touring and promoting his Abduction album, he played in top clubs, like legendary Limelight and Tunnel. He shared the stage with Carl Cox, Robert Leiner, Jennifer Lopez, Jeff Miles and more. Amnesia (double album) marked the first 10 years of activity for Asia 2001. It included some of the big hits, rare tracks, and unreleased material.
June of 2013 saw the album Contact on Avatar and later Universal Music.
The musical style of Asia 2001 has remained pristine and is described by many as timeless.
Cooper is a classic example where an artist has developed a unique, recognizable sound, after an influential period of almost three decades, Cooper's trance music credentials are undisputed. Asia 2001 is positioned as one of the bold Psytrance names.