JECONTE INTERVIEW

 

If you have to describe your music in three or four words , what  would you call it?


Bad ass swampy blues rock (same 5 words : ) )


How has the reaction to your latest CD been?


Great!! We have had a lot of positive reviews and people seem enthusiastic about the record so that is always humbling as an artist to get such feedback


What record/tape/cd/digital format music album inspired you to take up music?


Well I am not sure that one album inspired me to take up music. Music is within me and always has been. I remember at 3 playing piano with my Grandmother so that was probably my most early musical memories, probably because she slapped my hands for playing wrong. Just kidding. As to what was an influence to my career, Zeppelin for sure, old John Mayall and the blues breakers albums, 


How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?


Not sure I follow the question as you can tallow long the CD is if you listen to it. But if yo are looking forth non literal translation the songs on this album some were written on the spot in the moment at the studio while some were years old and some had a the structure, etc. It was an eclectic time this run as I had just come direct form West Africa and escaped the coup d’etat in Mali so it was a crazy time.


What was the first LP/tape/CD you bought with your own money?


Well seeing I am old enough to actually be in that era I will gladly say I saved money and bought Led Zeppelin records. Not sure which one was the first, but when I was about 12 my Dad have me his records, mostly old cool stuff like Roberta Flack, Herb Alpert, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra stuff but when I really started listening I went heavy into 70’s rock, as I was a child of the 70’s so it was only natural.


What is the main goal you wish to achieve through your music, and what do you hope people get out of your music?


My main goal of course would be to play more and get the opportunity to perform around the world more often. Hopefully by doing this we can bring the message of love and soulful expression to others an inspire them to do the same. That is what I would hope they get out of it, to be inspired and say well if he can do that, and go there and travel to that place and play with those kats then so can I.  I had a few people come up to me in Timbuktu and say they came there, not because of me, but because they saw what I did years before and said, well if that guy can do it so can I…lol...


If you weren't a musician, what career path would you take?


Pilot.


What’s the hardest part about being a musician and what’s the best?


Hardest part about being a musicians is being on the road. It is also the best part.


What or who was your biggest influence as an artist?


My Mother.


Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?


Play in The Netherlands. I did a big tour there in 2013 and it was a blast. Let’s get the music to an agent and make it happen. We need another booking agent. www.jeconte.com


True or false: It is the duty of an artist to put his personal emotions into the music he plays.


Completely True


True or false: “Music is my first love”.


False that would be my Mom. Music is a quick second though. : )


The best and worst gig you ever played?


Best: Tie: Festivaal in Bladel 2013 headlined with my band JeConte & The Mali Allstars & Every show at Can Jordi in Ibiza

Worst: Can’t remember that one, must have blocked it out. lol...


Are there any songs you've done that you wish you hadn't ?’


Don’t do covers so no not really...


Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?


"Babe, baby baby I am gonna leave you…” Zeppelin


What is the furthest show from your home you ever played?


Timbuktu baby - Festival in the Desert 2010, 2011, 2012


What does the next 6 months look like for you?


Working to pay for touring and touring as much as I can in the US this Fall, recording again with Anders and another record as well, a duo blues project, releasing an album we did in Ibiza in 2013/2014 and staying the course...



JeConte - Down By The Bayou


JeConte is vooral bekend als bluesrock zanger en harmonicaspeler. Hij heeft zijn thuisbasis in het San Francisco Bay gebied. Vanuit deze thuisbasis heeft hij al met tal van bands gespeeld, maar is voornamelijk bekend van zijn album ' Mali blues' met de Mali Allstars. Maar nu heeft hij het met hulp van Anders Osborne over een heel andere boeg gegooid. Dit is een cd vol met intense soulvolle Southern blues. Muziek die je na elk nummer naar meer doet verlangen. Wat een mooi album heeft JeConte gemaakt met 'Down By The Bayou'. Luister bijvoorbeeld eens naar ' Stuck In The Mud' of naar ' Little Christina' wat begint als een blues ballad maar eindigt als met een rock groove. Mijn favoriet is het slotnummer ' Promised Land ' een prachtig blues nummer met heerlijke vocalen. Wat mij betreft nu al een album voor de jaarlijstjes. Een heerlijk album.