Image Credits: The Big Hustle © Stella K.
Since the release of our first album Worldwide in 2016 we did some nice shows around France to promote it. And now we just released our new EP Afrorever, a four track record with the same musicians of Worldwide plus some special guests like Cheick Tidiane Seck, Raashan Ahmad and Thomas Faure. This new record is a tribute to African culture and African music.
Given the music I like to play, funk, jazz and r&b and all that stuff, when you go to the US as a French guy like me you understand lots of things because this is the place where all this was born, it’s in the air, it’s more “natural”. For example lots of people know Marvin Gaye, The Headhunters, it’s really their background. Although, like in Europe, the audience for this kind of music it's very small and it's not mainstream, it’s very supportive and welcoming.
Actually I don’t have any CD player in my car, I only have old fashioned compact cassettes! So there is a lot of old cool stuff I used to listen to when I was a teenager, old school rock like Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, or sometimes classical composers like Debussy or Šostakovič. Talking about more recent music, I like the new scene in Los Angeles, like for example the duo Knower and Thundercat.
Usually there are no rules, sometimes I mess up with the bass trying to find the right grooves and basslines and I start writing the song from that. Or I mess up with the piano trying a chord progression and then write a melody on top. I just let the song take me where it has to go. Usually when I finish a song I make a demo with some software like Logic, and I send it to the band. Of course they have some kind of freedom to add their own flavor to the song, and that's why I called them to play my songs. They all have their own sound. I’m looking for people who love to serve the music, who don’t show off but want to take the song and the music higher, listening to the whole band playing together.
These are two sides of the same coin. We are a small band, we don’t have any label so we have to rely on tools like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and all those stuff because that's the only way we can spread our music as much as we can. On the other side actually we give away our music for free!
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