Imany: Lately

Posted on 23/05/2017


Beautiful video for this song from Imany’s latest record, shot in the old Palais de Justice in Dakar. I was quite involved in the playing and arranging on this one, so it was wonderful to discover these beautiful images accompany the song. The dancer Lil Buck is beyond talented, and I’m very proud of Imany, Malick N’Diaye and the Think Zik label, they’ve come a long way and are living proof that hard work and strong values pay off.

Bill Withers: Still Bill

Posted on 27/03/2017

Incredible portrait of one of the the strongest and most soulful songwriters ever. The documentary is jam-packed with profound insights into this unique man, his background and why he hasn’t released any music or played any concerts since 1985.


Camille 2017

Posted on 25/03/2017

Very happy and proud to be joining Camille for her tour this year and probably a good chunk of 2018 as well. I’ve been a fan of her for years, I think she makes some of the most original and beautiful music in France, and she is a vocalist from out of this world, both technically and emotionally. I also have enormous respect for Clement Ducol and his beautiful arrangements who grace the previous album and the upcoming one, which is out in June. Below you can listen to a few previews. Tour dates are here.



Que je t’aime

Posted on 03/01/2017

Here’s a throwback to 2009 when we played the Stade de France in Paris with Johnny Hallyday. 240.000 people came out to the three sold out shows – this was in proportions way beyond anything I’d tried before, and I doubt that I’ll ever get to see these kinds of crowds again. We played in front of a million people at the Eiffel Tower on Bastille day – nobody gets to play in front of a million people! So I cherish this unique memory, as strange as it was. I didn’t grow up with these songs, so they don’t trigger the same nostalgic feeling in me as they do in people from France – much like I discovered the songs of Louise Attaque or Jean-Louis Aubert in front of huge, nostalgic crowds. It’s a true privilege to get to catch up with French popular culture this way!

Johnny is one hell of a singer, can’t argue with that, and I enjoyed playing with this great band a lot.


2017

Posted on 02/01/2017

Happy new year to all, and thanks to everyone who stopped by this blog in 2016. Many exciting things already lined up for the new year, looking forward to sharing it all with you! I hope that all of you will have great adventures in 2017 and that we all can keep pushing things ever so slightly in the right direction. And hopefully have some fun along the way!

Oberheim OB-X

Posted on 07/12/2016

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I have an old Oberheim OB-X that I love madly. I have used it on many recordings, and it always sounds unbelievably well. Crazy old machine, it’s wild and unpredictable, one of the very first Oberheim polysynths, from before the production was tidied up with the subsequent OB-Xa and OB-8 synths.

It’s getting to be too old, big and precious to carry around to studios these days, let alone taking it on stage, so this week I’ve been painstakingly sampling and looping every note on the keyboard. Dual-oscillator sawtooth waves with the filter wide open, to be used inside my Nord Stage 2.

At first I was tempted to keep these samples to myself, but actually the right thing to do is the exact opposite: http://tinyurl.com/jyb64jb

Any Nord Stage users wanting to use these, feel free. Only 8mb and an enormous sound reminiscent of the Bladerunner soundtrack and early Prince recordings.