Year 2000 is not easy for Boo-Fonk
With the departure of David and Olivier, we're a
little bit demotivated. By chance, a new bass player (Conrad Brouwer,
with whom I played within Brenn d'Avis in 1992) and a new guitar player
(Joël, a friend of Fred) join us
for a new start.
We've also put our songs on
We can now sell our CDs on line. They're burned on demand!
All our songs are available to our friends in
.mp3 format. We raised up to the Funk
top ten chart with Kinky Lily
and up to #3 in Vocal House
chart with a special remix of Hot Baby
Meanwhile, very few concerts planned this year; next one should
be at my 30 years birthday!
We should also record a new song (only one...).
On MP3.com, I've set up a great station that made thousands of hits in a few months:
It compiles the best of R&B music found on MP3.COM.
This year, I also did a great work of putting together all the
old records I made during the last 10 years
. Alltogether, that makes... 71 songs!
Check the whole list
with year, band, musicians and credits (excel file).
is renamed into Boo-Fonk
for our first concert at La Traverse
Sélections des Vingt-4 Heures du Rock 1999
in January. This is my
best concert so far. We were super ready, and had the best
audience I ever had... 400 young people singing our songs!
We recorded a bunch of songs for this concert, recorded this concert
LIVE, and recorded a few songs during the following months. Also, Malik leaved, and Erno replaced
him at the bass guitar. That gave us the opportunity to compose a few
more songs, some of our best ones! And make a few more concerts with our delighted fans...
That summer, Erno and David succeed at their Highschool exams and leave other countries.
They are replaced for a while by Olivier (guitar) and David (bass).
Check the Boo-Fonk site
for plenty of details and pictures.
All the Boo-Fonk songs we recorded that year:
- Girls R Fonky (our first song)
- MF In The Home (song I had previously composed on my own, but that we enhanced together)
- Hot Baby (our most successful song... "Let's play the doctor...". I found the Chorus of
this song in 1994, on Holidays at the Maldives)
- Funky Ball
- Get Love
- Some Love For Me
- She Wants 2 Fonk
- Hot Baby (Disco Edit)
- Kinky Lily (Erno plays the bass)
- Party (chorus close to Prince's 1999, Erno plays the bass as well)
I recorded all our songs the same way:
1) record drums, bass guitar, guitar and keyboards on my 8 tracks Forstex R-8 recorder.
2) transfer the tracks to Cubase
3) mix a little bit
4) add voice(s)
5) final mix
Lot of work with Gandara
. Olivier leaves, and is replaced by Malik.
Erno Klijzing (percussions) joins us. We are preparing
or first concert...
While we're working, I draft a few songs of my own:
- Little Witch (dedicated to my wife)
- The Way We Feel (kinda Michael Bolton gimmick)
Thanks to my wife's cousin Nicolas Guignet,
in October 97, I started to play with nice
guys in their band called Gandara
. David playing guitar,
Fred on the drums, July on the keyboard and Olivier on the bass.
Until the band started, I had time to compose and record a few more songs:
- Bye My Love
- Donne-moi du Fonk
This time, I didn't try to make the band play my songs. I figured out it would be better
if everybody got involved in song's composition.
Recorded a few songs on my own with my new Home Studio
My first attempts to compose real R&B and funky songs:
- MF in The Home
- Try the Song
I also worked a few months with Yvan Sokolov (bass)
and Tobias (drums) at a band we called
. I sang and played the guitar, and we made on concert.
While it improved my guitar skills, the fact that
I was composing all the songs was not very motivating
for the band
- and I was not such a good guitar player!
End of FMD
for me. They thought I was too much in the pop
Too busy with my new BMSW Entertainment company
(see Work - Events
and with the back and forth between my parent's
home, and my girlfriend's parent's home, I made a pause on music playing and composing.
Only one song composed at the end of the year, before stoping BMSW: Nobody Knows
I joined FMD
(Funk Ministery Department) as a singer. Christopher
Durand (guitar), Boris Dunand (guitar),
Frederick (drums),several bass players and
myself composed a few good songs together. They were pushing
us to the Rage against the machine
style, and I was pulling for
or Red Hot Chilli Peppers
feelings. Two successful
concerts (we had several propositions after the second one at the
24h du Rock Festival
Songs we recorded and performed:
- FMD Acid Theme (oh My Love)
- Get Up Funky People
- Down The Slizzy Town (intended for my friends Ronald and Stefano, who
were a little bit too hard as critists sometimes)
- Zany Night
- My Lovely Man (RHCP song)
On my own
, with Stéphanie Canetta (back vocals or co-lead)
- Boom Chaka Poum
- A Little Too Much (about the funny feeling of
having met the love of your life)
Beginning of the year, the Brenn d'Avis
We all wanted
to do something different that we could not achieve : I composed
almost all the songs on a keyboard basis. All the songs were
They wanted power
I couldn't give it, and they could neither bring it. The drummer
, the bass player wanted funk-rock
(but couldn't slap),
the guitarist wanted power-rock
(but couldn't provide that many
, I wanted better
musicians, but couldn't give them the reasons to improve theirselves.
That year, we were so poorly motivated
that we only achieved 3 new songs ! After our dramatical concert,
at the Festival Rock&Pop,
I quited, thinking it could not be worse elsewhere.
Dramatical means : when you start playing, and the
people think it's time to move to the bar...
I played a few months with three friends
(Emmanuel Hungreger-Choir, Bernard Widmer and Alex)
in 25 Days of Night
, a hard/pop band just for the Autocontrôle
At the end of that year, I made an association (BaBC Productions) with my 3 friends
Ronald Menzel, Stefano Balestra and Philippe Wend,
who wanted to settle back the 24h du Rock Festival
. It soon became famous to the local bands in
I also started the guitar (summer 93)
to get that groovy/power feeling I could not grasp on the keyboard.
25 Days of Night
Songs we recorded and performed:
- My Religion (about the choice I didn't want to do
between music and my girlfriend
of the moment)
- Still Again
- Make It Up
- Don't Get Me Out
- Je Vais Cueillir Des Fraises
On my own
- Allright (happy song back from great holidays - see the Hobbies - Fun section; featuring Conrad Brouwer (guitar))
- Close 2 Me Now (for a girl
I wished she would have been closer! - my first song playing guitar)
- Fluency (for the same girl)
Spermatos & the Blue Grass band
fun band with my friends Ronald Menzel & Stefano Balestra:
- Sexy Solex Experience
- Hymne au Gros-de-Veau
Beginning of that year, the ETM organized a Musical for its students:
l'ETM en ballade à Broadway
I sang Just a Gigolo
, and back vocals on a few other songs.
A wonderfull experience. I met lots of musicians I was delighted to work with!
This musical lasted just one week at La Traverse
. It's also thanks
to that event that I discovered this special place, and decided to setup
the Festival Rock & Pop 93
at the same place. See the Hobbies - Events
section for more details.
recorded a bunch of songs and sold tapes to
friends (more than a hundred), made several
concerts. After the summer, we started having troubles staying motivated...
In summer, I also stopped taking the trumpet
Songs we recorded that year:
- It's not Heaven
- Why? (about the war - I had to go to the army for 5 months that year)
- Meditations (dedicated to a girl that bewitched me)
- She's So Fine
- U've Gotta Care
- No more Woman
On my own
As Brenn d'Avis broke up that year, I spent more time composing songs of my own:
- Am I Bad (about the doubts of a musician; featuring Conrad Brouwer (guitar))
- Am I a Fool?
- B My Woman (featuring Michel Coussaert/Conrad Brouwer (guitar),
Patrick Singy (saxophone))
- Please (dedicated to another girl, as I was failing too!)
- U've Got a Man (composed with Emmanuel Hungreger Choir;
dedicated to a girl I
used to talk and sing a lot with; unfortunately, I was too late there!
But she really helped me get more confident in myself; featuring Emmanuel (guitar/keyboards)))
With other musicians
I also sang on Pop Adventure, a great song of Nicholas Misegaes (keyboards)
with Yuri Quintero (Drums), R.Callau (Bass) and
Dominique Theiler (back vocals) - all ETM music students.
Recorded Brenn d'Avis first songs with our brand new hardware (Fostex A8 8 tracks recorder).
Luckily, we were also chosen for an ETM compilation CD, so we could record the Promiss
in a professional studio (Taurus Studio). A great experience!
We recorded 3 songs:
- The Promiss (also recorded on a compilation CD of the ETM)
- My Best Friend's Girlfriend (dedicated to my bestfriend Alain Decosterd,
and his girlfriend Bettina Haerer - they got married 8 years later!)
- So You're Back (Marjory)
On my own
Wrote one song:
- Take My Heart (featuring Michel Coussaert(guitar) )
Joined the Brenn d'Avis
, a band missing a leader
but that had great ambitions. Musicians:
Michel Coussaert (guitar),
Conrad Brouwer (bass), Pieter Brouwer (drums).
As nobody wanted to hire us at the beginning, I had
to organize our 1st concert (The Brenn d'Avis LIVE
!). See the Hobbies - Events
section for details.
I also started taking singing courses at the ETM
(Ecoles des Technologies Musicales)
courses at Le Conservatioure de La Côte.
The Brenn d'Avis
Songs we recorded this year:
- IC-B 90
- Take Me On Your Side
On my own
Recorded 3 songs:
- Vas-y Bob
- Strong Cold Heart
- Fabienne (song for a Belgian girl met at the Club Med')
on my own. Started the keyboard
as well. At the
meeting, I only played the white keys to keep it simple! Step by step,
I started using the black keys as well!
During this year, I wrote 4 songs, using a Roland TR-707 drum machine,
and an ELKA EK-44 FM Synthetiser:
- Si tu voulais (song for a girl I was falling in love with)
- Dans Les Affres De L'Amour (song for the same girl because she wasn't falling in love with me)
- Sad & Lonely (song one use to write when one is alone)
- If You Let Me Down (pure fantasy! This song seduced Michel Coussaert,
and we started thinking about setting up a band together...)
Back to music! My voice
changed that year, so I started to explore...
I began by singin on some Leonard Cohen songs
(oh, that dark voice...), and on the instrumental version of George Michael's Kissing A Fool
With my friends Stevan Jovanovic at the keyboard, and Michel Coussaert at the guitar, we recorded a few songs
(Please Diane Let Me
) for a horror movie I
wanted to set up (see Hobbies - Visual
Learned to play the Piano. At the end, I was really
disgusted by the only style of music I could play: Classical Music. I gave up.
Learned to play recorder (flûte douce) and learned music theory
at the Conservatoire de la Côte.