Posts from the “Work” Category

Tété: KING SIMILI

Posted on 19/11/2018

This spring, Tété asked me to produce his next record with him. After having worked with him on his two previous records as a session musician, it was great to be more involved this time around. I’m first and foremost a great fan of Tété – he’s an incredible singer and writer, and he’s one of the few who has cracked the code of making the French language swing.

The record will be out in February and is called “Fauthentique”. The lyrics evolve around the concept of authenticity or the lack thereof in our age of fake news and digital manipulation of just about anything. The first single is “King Simili”, check it out!


SONGBOOK

Posted on 19/11/2018

Happy and proud to be joining Benjamin Biolay and Melvil Poupaud for their SONGBOOK tour. We already played a few shows this summer, and the concert is a great journey into the deeper ends of Biolay’s repertoire, as well as songs that have influenced both these handsome gentlemen. It’s an intense acoustic run until the spring, you can check out the dates here.

It’s great to be playing with Benjamin Biolay again. Time has flown since I toured with him in 2007, and he’s become a bonafide star in France in the meantime. His stage presence and musicality were already very strong back then, but he’s even more charismatic these days – playing, singing, writing and performing better than ever.

I didn’t know Melvil before this tour, but he’s as charming, educated, talented and dedicated as you would expect from someone with as rich and consistently good a career.

We did some studio preproduction to prepare the tour, which Benjamin elegantly turned into a limited edition album that was recently released! No CDs for this one, only vinyl or streaming, click here: SONGBOOK

Hope to see you on the road!


EN ATTENDANT

Posted on 08/11/2018

New series of videos for the song “En Attendant” from Alain Chamfort’s album “Le Désordre des Choses” that I produced with him. The song title means “While Waiting”, and the videos illustrate Alain and other people waiting, in the style of Andy Warhol’s screen tests, or Gérard Courant’s Cinématon.


SighFire

Posted on 31/03/2018

This project was pretty different from what I usually do, and it was fun and instructive to work with my fellow Parisian expatriate friends Peter Corser, a great UK saxophonist, and Hasse Poulsen, the talented Danish free-jazz guitarist. There is some great guest talent on the record, including Egyptian poet Abdullah Miniawy and French singers André Minvielle and Sanseverino. Hope you’ll like it! More info here: http://www.sighfire.com

Alain Chamfort – Le Désordre des Choses

Posted on 02/03/2018

Last year I had the immense privilege of co-producing Alain Chamfort’s upcoming record with him, “Le Désordre des Choses”. I’ve played with Alain in the past, and I love his back catalogue. Some of the most elegant and sophisticated music and lyrics of French pop music, hands down. Imagine my enthusiasm, getting to produce the next chapter in this amazing songbook! It was a fluid and inspiring process, Alain is a great keyboard payer, so we had a lot fun. He is as sharp and adventurous as ever, no slowing down in sight despite a 50 year long career.

The first two songs are now online, to great critical response. I hope the fans and the critics will like the rest of the songs as well! The writing is particularly strong on this album, so hopefully the production does justice to the songs. The album will be released in April, stay tuned!


The French-Nordic Sessions

Posted on 13/02/2018

I’m starting a new project. Ever since I came to France 20 years ago, I’ve been frustrated to see how little interaction there is between the music scenes in Scandinavia and France. Over the next years, I’ll try to organise regular acoustic sessions bringing together artists in an intimate setting. With help from some good friends, I did a test session recently with the amazing guitarists Freddy Koella and Aske Jacoby. You can have a listen below!

If this dream is to become reality, I’ll need sponsors and grants, and the more traction I can get on my own, the better chances are of generating interest with partners. So please don’t hesitate to like, share and follow as much as you can. We’re on Facebook, WordPress and Youtube for the moment. Thanks for the help. And enjoy!