Pascal Arbez, better known by his stage name Vitalic, is a French electronic dance music artist. His first singles were released in 1996 and 1997, but were confined to the underground electronic music scene. However, he became good friends with Michel Amato, also known as The Hacker, whom he met in the Rex, the “techno temple” of Laurent Garnier. The Hacker suggested he should send his new tracks to DJ Hell, head of Gigolo records in Munich. Pascal did so, and International DeeJay Gigolo Records released the well known Poney EP in 2001, which was a huge success shortly after its release.