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TOUCHÉ

Posted on 07/12/2017

A few years ago I was contacted by a small group of people in Paris who were working on a prototype for a new type of MIDI/CV/USB controller. I went to see them and was blown away by it! It has incredible sensibility and adds a lots of expressive possibilities to old school hardware as well as to software synths. Time went by, the team worked very hard and the product came out earlier this year to great critical acclaim. This is not an easy feat, I have a lot of respect for the fact that they managed to bring something this innovative to the market.

We shot a video last year to showcase some of what the controller has to offer. This was shortly after the great Bernie Worrell passed away, so the music is basically a tribute to him and the great concepts he added to synth playing. Hope you’ll enjoy it! You can learn more by clicking 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!

Aske Jacoby in Paris 

Posted on 09/05/2016


Raw talent is rare, and if you’re looking for someone who on top of having an extraordinary talent has put in the years and years of practice and focus necessary to become a true master of his or her craft, you’re down to just a handful of people around the world.

In Denmark when I was growing up, there were a few such representatives of the absolute world class of musicians. One of them is a guitar player called Aske Jacoby. He has been active since the early 80’s, has played on more than 400 records and has toured with some of the best acts in Denmark. I have strong memories of seeing and hearing him play as a teenager and just marveling at the sounds coming from his amplifier. Witnessing such powerful playing at a young age was inspiring to the point that it made me dream of becoming a musician one day myself.

A few years ago I became acquainted with Aske through social media. He has established himself as a talented singer/songwriter over the past years, and has made some great albums as a leader in trio with two other members of that rare breed of absolute excellence, Tony Scherr and the legendary Jim Keltner. We randomly talked about maybe setting up some gigs for him in Paris one day. Now the loose talk has turned into hard fact, and we have four club gigs coming up at the end of May.

Aske is bringing some of the top representatives of the Copenhagen music scene, and I’ll be joining them as well. My old friend from back when I just arrived in Paris in the late ’90’s, the brilliant drummer Raphaël Chassin, will be with us on three of the gigs. From my Danish/French perspective this project really makes a lot of sense, and I believe there is a real chance of building a bridge between the music scenes in Paris and Copenhagen.

I sincerely hope that a lot of you will come out and see the shows, and that you’ll appreciate Aske as much as I do. Thanks in advance for your support! And thanks to our friends at the Fondation Danoise who have been instrumental in making these events happen.

MAY 22: CITE UNIVERSITAIRE (Fondation Danoise)
MAY 23: LES NAUTES (Bastille)
MAY 25: LE BAISER SALÉ (Châtelet)
MAY 26: AUX PETITS JOUEURS (19ème)


Louise Attaque: Anomalie Tour

Posted on 18/03/2016

We are a few weeks into the tour now with Louise Attaque, and the response from the audience has just been overwhelming. The energy is incredibly positive, I’ve rarely experienced such kindness and warmth from the crowd. The guys in the band are generous and fun, and the songs speak to some of the best sides of the human nature, so I suppose there is a logic to the fact that the band draws a positive, open-minded audience. Still, it’s a privilege to be a part of.


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François Rauber

Posted on 22/12/2015

I’m a huge admirer of François Rauber. He’s one of the most prolific arrangers in the classic chanson française, working with Jacques Brel from the 3rd album until the end, and collaborating with just about any French singer in the 1960s and ’70s. His arrangements are incredibly diverse, touching on just about any style, always with great taste, great sensibility to the lyrics, and great craftsmanship. Below is a very interesting interview from 1983 with Rauber, when times were changing and synthesizers and multitrack recording had taken over.



Here are some classic Rauber tracks:

Studio Davout

Posted on 15/10/2015

I spent a few days this week rehearsing in Studio Davout for a TV show, and I really like working here. The acoustics in Studio A are just incredible, and the Fazioli grand piano is one of the best in town. Studio A is used mainly as an orchestral room, but there are actually quite a few possibilities, with several glass booths along the sides of the room all facing the center.

Historically, the building used to be a cinema, but was converted into a studio in the 1960’s. The hallway and certain aspects of the room, like the old projector booth, let you imagine what the place was like when it was a cinema. There certainly is a lot of history around here.


I’ve assembled a few videos of some of the great work that was done is this room: