AT THE BEGINNING

The music and I, that’s a very long history … From the exploration of my grandmother’s piano, to the studio that I have today the road is rather long and has experienced multiple twists and turns. Some breaks sometimes, but to resume even stronger again.

Two things made me want getting into the world of synthesizers :

  • The first thing is to have heard the top hit « Fade To Gray » (Visage). I was then 12 years old and had never heard any songs where the sounds were of synthetic origin. I was listening to a little bit of everything, variety, classics, rock (Elvis Presley for not quoting), and that kind of stuff. Listening to this cult title, I had a stronger admiration for the sounds I heard rather than for the melody of this song.
  • The second thing was to listen to bands such as Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Duran-Duran, Front 242, … Since the title « Fade To Gray » I knew how to define what I liked (globally synthetic sounds kinda « pop/dance » oriented) so, from the height of my 12/13 yo, I tried to discover, thanks to my school buddies and some free radios, more from other groups than Visage.

After listening dozens of times the title « Relax » by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, as well as « U-Men » by Front 242, I will take a decision that will change everything: Do not spend any more money, keep everything and try to convince my parents to accept the fact I wanted to buy my first synthesizer … These machines were pretty massive, heavy, and still very new …

My parents considered the synthesizer as a kind of big toy, making noises that were quite impossible to bear, and certainly not intended to be put in the hands of a 13 yo kid …

But some promises to get good grades at school have tipped the balance in my favor and finally, during 1983 I finally was able to buy my first synthesizer …

 

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