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 mp3.com. 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 (Britney's Strip)!

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).



Gandara 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: 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
6) mastering



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:


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. Funk. Finally.

Until the band started, I had time to compose and record a few more songs: 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: I also worked a few months with Yvan Sokolov (bass) and Tobias (drums) at a band we called E-Men. 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 trend.

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 Jamiroquai or Red Hot Chilli Peppers feelings. Two successful concerts (we had several propositions after the second one at the 24h du Rock Festival in October).
FMD
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 adventure ended. 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 rather cool or pop than rock or powerful. They wanted power! I couldn't give it, and they could neither bring it. The drummer wanted New-wave, the bass player wanted funk-rock (but couldn't slap), the guitarist wanted power-rock (but couldn't provide that many power riffs, 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...

Then, 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 festival.

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 Geneva.

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
  • Coco
  • 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
  • M&C



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.

Brenn d'Avis 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 and singing courses.

Brenn d'Avis
Songs we recorded that year:
  • Abuse

  • 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!

Brenn d'Avis
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 in Chavannes-de-Bogis !). See the Hobbies - Events section for details.

I also started taking singing courses at the ETM (Ecoles des Technologies Musicales) and trumpet 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')



Started composing 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:


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 section).



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.