interview with Balestrio Project

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes we have all played in others bands. Already together, we have played reggae music, metal music and rock-Jazz music in different groups when we were students.

How is it that you started playing music? Where we were teenager (About 20 years ago), We formed our first rock band with the neighborhood buddies.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

Benoît (36 years), he plays bass and double-bass.

Kévin (36 years), my brother plays drums.

Vianney (me, 38 years), I play Organ Hammond, Piano and keyboards.

Have you had other previous members? Yes we did music with a lot of buddies. But mainly with Julien (guitarist) with whom we played in each band. Today he plays in a gospel band. Also with Kokass (girl singer of our metal band: Shaolin (2000-2010)) and which always occurs. Despite of ten years of music in common, she is still as surprising. (Note: I invite you to discover his incredible universe).

Did you make music even when you were young? So yes, from adolescence.

Where are you from? We are from side of Toulouse in France.

What year did the band form? We have formed Balestrio Project about one year ago.Weare still working on the composition of two sets. An electric set (Hammond organ, drums and bass) and an acoustic set (double bass, drums and piano).

What's your style of genre? Our style is a mixed of Jazz rock funk for the electric projectand a mixed of pop jazz for the acoustic project.

What inspires you? We like to listen a lot of music.. seventies music, jazz, rock, funk and metal. This is a good source of inspiration, but also life and nature too.

How often and where do you rehearse? We rehearse in my house, as soon as we can. But it is not always evident because of our trades.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? We all have a job outside the music. Ben and Kevin are male nurses and I am IT consultant.

What are your songs about? There is no lyrics, only instrumental music.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? We compose our music together.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Always by the music.

Do you compose in a certain environment? For my part, I compose quietly at home, face to face with my piano.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? This will be any age. Music is universal. :)

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We play the same music but always with a good part of improvisation.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? While waiting the finalization of our musical sets, we often play on open mike. Theallows to interact with other musicians.

What was your latest gig? Just a small performance for the World Music Day.We played the first 4 musics of our electric set. On occasion, I played on my fender rhodes.

Where have you played live this year? We were proposed several concerts, but we are waiting to finalize our repertoire.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? Today, it is very difficult to live music, but I do not think it is because of illegal downloading. The film industry is doing well while there is just as much illegal downloading. The music lives well, but the money is not well distributed.

What do you think of my work? We are appreciate your work and wish to say thanks to you.

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? This interview is good for promotion outside of France. Maybe someone could have an interest to invite us for a gig.   

How can people reach you? Currently, only on facebook.

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