I suppose one cannot write a Folk album without featuring a harmonica. Interestingly enough for the song “L’inspiration” I tried everything for the solo, from sitar to gospel choir, to psychedelic voices and other horns and flutes and percussions…. It is only when I decided to collaborate with Leon sur une toute autre chanson que l’idée m’est venue ….peut être pourrait-il essayer de poser un solo sur cette chanson. Quelle mélodie fantastique il a écrite et il était impossible après avoir entendu son solo de repenser aux expérimentations passées.


“L’Inspiration” took many twists and turns before reaching its current state. We tried many versions with acoustic guitars and pianos … but the one thing that really stood out is the great guitars part from Christopher Campbell from Jamaica. What a soulful take he proposed with 2 guitars spiralling and blending together. All the other instruments were recorded around this great take! Hope you will like it. 😊


In order to get a 70’s sound from a Rhodes piano and electric pianos lines I did reach out to Dave Lagrande based in Nashville. Through an online collaboration he recorded the Rhodes behind La Nuit, Inspiration and several other songs. He found the right balance between keeping things simple but slightly jazzy and his beautifully crafted licks give a warm sound to those songs. Thanks again Dave!


J’ai toujours voulu collaborer avec Ali Sehir Ali Sehir and add some eastern vibe to my music through his very interesting violas and clarinet lines. I approached him at the early stage of the song “La Nuit” and we did not succeed to collaborate yet as the song was in a too early draft stage, still very folk and did not meet with the generic vibe we were after. It is only 3 months later once Flamenco guitars were added that the door of creativity opened and I contacted him again. He wrote those amazing melodies and did create an improvised outro that fits the song so well and brings it to another very different level. We did also work together in another song which might or might not end up on the album. What a talented artist!


After the solo I wanted to finish the song (outro) on a different note and wrote some vocals parts for a Spanish singer. I have been advised to contact the amazing Agus Vivo du groupe “La Femme D’Argent”. She kindly agreed to record some vocals for the ending as well as backing the Spanish chorus in Javier recording studio in Argentina.  If you don’t know this band, I strongly advise you have a listen 😊


Suivant l’enregistrement de la guitare flamenco j’ai eu l’envie de pousser ces collaborations un peu plus loin et d’ajouter une voix Flamenca pour enrichir la fin de la chanson et confirmer le latin vibe. Azahar López who kindly agreed to embark on this online collaboration. It took very few takes to align on these beautiful vocal lines that bridges the solo to the outro. She then improvised further giving some depth to the song through her passionate voice. Once again feeling very grateful to have had the chance to have Azahar contributing to the album.    


“La Nuit” started as a standard folk song, the funny story of a man in love…. like many others light romantic songs. Then the chorus developed and behind the smiles unfolded another theme, the suffering of not being loved back. In order to keep the balance between the sadness and the more upbeat parts I came with the idea to sing a piece in Spanish and highlight it with some percussions that have been played with non-other than Daniel Sadownick. The song could have stayed as is, but the story had it otherwise. Tiptoeing around for collaborations I looked for Flamenco artists and started to brainstorm with the very talented guitarist Arturo Ramon on writing a guitar solo. His melodies were brilliant and soon I was using some guitar parts to write an introduction as well and we started a back and forth jam. Following these collaborations, the song took a very different turn for a latin vibe which I wanted to explore further. But this is another story …. 😊


During the arrangement work on “Les Bras Tendus” Roby Tola a souvent parlé de l’ambiance de la chanson et de la manière dont elle lui rappelait un voyage en France durant lequel il a entendu un joueur d’accordéon jouer dans la rue sans que les passants ne prêtent attention à sa musique. Cela m’a donné l’idée d’introduire un accordéon sur la chanson et de recréer cette ambiance, recherchant un musicien qui pourrait amener cette touche francophone avec en même temps cette solitude et tristesse des cultures slaves qui se marieraient parfaitement avec le thème de la chanson. J’ai rencontré Yuri Yadchenko online et il a accepté d’enregistrer des parties d’accordéon pour l’introduction qui ont permis de crée cette atmosphère tant spéciale. Nous avons également collaboré sure une autre chanson qui pourrait sortir également. 


Maybe one of the first song I was able to complete in 2019 “Envolez moi” started with a horn section. Using my iphoneand sitting on a caffe facing the sea I spent 5 hours straight writing various lines and melodies and harmonies. It is only when my battery ran out that I ran home to record those on Cubase. It worked. Caffe is aware of my strange music hobby and erratic behaviour, bless them 😊 Only months later did I start looking for horns arranger and met online Kelly. Multi instrumentiste elle a enregistré toutes les parties de cuivre pour la chanson. Nous avons fait quelques essais pour réarranger les différents instruments mais il était trop tard la mélodie initiale était déjà trop encrée dans ma mémoire et c’est celle-ci qui figure sur l’album.


Pour « Envolez moi » je recherchais un son électrique pour me démarquer du folk de l’album et offrir un peu de diversité. Ajoutant un piano Rhodes et des guitares électriques pour définir un son plus électrique et c’est tout naturellement que je me suis mis à la recherche d’un joueur de saxophone. J’ai eu la chance de rencontrer Hugo qui a accepté de poser des solos de saxophone pour le début et la fin de la chanson. Ayant joué avec Icehouse, Andrew Farriss (INXS) Holy Holy and Riley Pearce, c’est un honneur d’avoir eu la chance de collaborer avec cet artiste et il est possible d’écouter un peu plus de son énorme talent sur ce link.

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