shot in February 2017
“My story with the Fender Rhodes isn’t the result of any ambition or desire. I hold the feeling that the Rhodes and its sound effects came to me, and not the other way around. To be honest, I have never been particularly familiar with nor felt close to the past of this instrument in Music (Funk and Psychedelic Music). If I let myself fall into this instrument, it is because I was seduced by the possibilities it opened me to. It is particularly the ties to a guitarist’s playing and to electro music it allowed that drove me to dig deeper into it.
The Rhodes was an instrument I was using, far from being a conscious researching tool. For me, it wasn’t an element more important than another. As a result, when my music started to be directly associated with this instrument, I had not seen it coming.It made me wonder what would happen if I would, for a change, consciously approach the Rhodes. I understood it would make me move forward musically and technically.
This is how the idea of a Fender Rhodes solo album was born.
I made it a personal challenge, with very clear constraints that would help me bond the approach I had always had and something new. The four constraints were to use the Rhodes and only the Rhodes, to only record improvisations, to isolate tracks with a ‘regular’ duration within these improvisations and to avoid overdubs.
As for the effects, I allowed myself everything.
I am very pleased that I stuck to these constraints, this album has changed me a lot. And I am also very happy that I was able to record it at home, a place that I hold dear to my heart.”