Cedric Gervais accused of copying Solidisco with his latest release
DJ Dstar has just released a video on his YouTube channel accusing French DJ and producer Cedric Gervais of copying one of his tracks released as part of the Solidisco duo. Cedric Gervais just released a new track ‘Do It Tonight‘ on Delecta Records, an Armada Music sub-label, which reinterprets the classic S.O.S. Band track ‘Take Your Time (Do It Right)‘. The track uses the original vocal hook and combines the sound of dance music with the classic elements of disco.
DJ Dstar, also known for his work as part of the Solidisco duo, claims Cedric Gervais’ song is ripping off a remix he previously released of the same track in 2013. In the video he shows a private conversation the two allegedly had on Instagram and also later speaks on the topic of ghost production.
Following the allegations, Cedric Gervais released the following statement via YourEDM:
“I’m a huge fan of The S.O.S band and wanted to do a new version of this classic track, so I asked my manager and record label if they could look into clearing the sample through the appropriate channels with the writers, which they did. We sent the version we created to have signed off which was accepted, by the original writers, original creators and their publishing company. We had the entire sample replayed by musicians – the bass line, which I’m being accused of stealing, is actually the original bass line of the S.O.S record which we’ve simply replayed, which as I’ve mentioned we have approval on. When I remix songs or use a sample I know there are always other versions of that song that will exist. I had never heard of this other version, which I’m being accused of plagiarizing, until after we had delivered my single. We have the legal rights to use this sample, we went through the correct channels to make this happen. It seems that this producer did his own version of the S.O.S record which is fine, but I did not steal their work and any allegation otherwise is simply untrue. I’m sorry this person feels so aggrieved, but I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to explain my side.”
You can view the video DJ Dstar released on the issue and stream the two tracks on SoundCloud below.