In March and April 2015 I toured Europe (France, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland), in a way that I had never experienced as a musician. I packed a car with the minimal gear I needed to record music, and embarked on a journey to discover new places and music, meet people and give them the opportunity to record music for free. 33 bands in 33 days.
Inspired by sound explorers who travelled to distant countries to record music from cultures completely unknown to them, I realized that modern music has reached such a pinnacle of diversity that such an adventure could be lived – right outside my doorstep. With a focus on DIY (do it yourself) culture, I met people who believe in what they do, not in a financial way but a creative one. From those who simply play music with friends to those whose entire lifestyle revolves around their project(s), rejecting concepts such as “normal” jobs, careers, etc.
The tour was successfully financed through crowdfunding.
I filmed fragments of the adventure and uploaded short daily webisodes about my trip, and edited a full length (76 min) movie/documentary including interviews of the various music activists I met on the road.
The triple album of my recordings and the documentary were hand printed (silk-screening) by myself and Out of Gas in a very limited edition of 100 copies that were pre-sold out during the crowdfunding campaign. After a few months of exclusivity for my backers I made the movie free to watch on YouTube.
During that first Recording Europe Tour, I also filmed 2 live sessions which inspired Recording Europe part II : Scandinavia.
Documentary/Road movie I made after the first tour:
Tomia – Orléans – Facebook
Junior Himself – Caen – YouTube
Portier Dean – Caen – Facebook
Bumpkin Island – Rennes – Facebook
Meridian Circle (f.k.a Wreck the Nest) – Nantes – Facebook
Nojia – Toulouse – Facebook
Sound Sweet Sound – Toulouse – Facebook
Zolla – Montpellier – Facebook
Canine – La Fare les Oliviers – Facebook
Grace Killers (RIP) – Nice
Last Minute to Jaffna – Torino – Facebook
John F. Doe – Bled – Facebook
Kala – Innsbruck – Facebook
Augsburg – Sarah Lesch – Facebook
Althütte – Brothers of Ivory – Facebook
Darmstadt – Rollergirls – Facebook
Mainz – Zéro Absolu – Facebook
Strasbourg – Ross Heselton – Facebook
Nancy – Anathème – Facebook
Sélestat – IntoTheTide – Facebook
La Chaux-de-Fonds – Virgin Bitch – Facebook
Genève – Six Months of Sun – Facebook
Lyon – Tusk – Facebook
Lyon – LisAvril – Facebook
Chambéry – Les Frères Bandini – Facebook
Annecy – The Reaction – Facebook
Contamine-Sarzin – Le Cri (RIP)
Romont – We Said – Facebook
Augsburg – Farhad Sidiqi