Presenting the career of Jean-Pierre Massiera is not easy… First, because his ascension began in the early 60’s to fly to the vanishing point in the din of the 80’s. Then, because he was a genius, but also kind of a mad/freaky producer, playing and mixing with genres up to confusing them (and us…), and with consistent disregard for good taste and audience expectations. In his bag, you could also find some irrational freakbeat (Les Monégasques), rebellious funk (Sex Convention), and even a sweet Christmas gift with a personal rendition of “Silent Night”. Last, because even his identity was never easy to follow: Charlie Mike Sierra, Jean-Pierre Areisam, JPM and Co. Erik, The Horrific Child, Jesus, Les Maledictus Sound, or Visitors,… here is just a small part of all the personalities he wore.
However, if we had to highlight the finest era of his long path through music, it would obviously start in the mid 70’s, just after he moved to Antibes and started his famous studio, becoming one of the most wanted producer for Disco and Cosmic music. During this period, he would also release most the pieces that make him today one of the unconditional target for all Prog-Rock, Disco and Italo-Disco international collectors. Amongst others, some would mention Space Woman by Herman’s Rockett (1977), Love to Fly by Venus Gang (1978), or Human Egg (1978), which was reissued by Favorite Recordings in 2010.