The Bateleurs sound like a blast from the past. They draw their influences from some of the greatest classic rock bands. But when you listen to their music, you’ll hear a prominent bluesy swagger wrapped around their rock ‘n’ roll chords. Their riffing and rhythms have a bluesy feel, urging you to step back and surrender to the music, which is for the best.
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- What are your biggest musical influences?
Essentially, artists that forged the Rock in the late 60s and 70s, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Janis Joplin, and some modern bands with a similar sound, like the Black Crowes.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Some of us are big fans of musical theater and movies, and others even listen to some extreme Metal, others Jazz.
- What’s next for the band?
We’re finishing the writing process of our first album, hopefully we’ll hit the studio in Summer and release it next fall; meanwhile, we’re playing some local venues to promote our EP.
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
The internet in general changed the way people relate to music; in the past music [it was] an expensive good, and you couldn’t own much of it, so you tend to really dive deep in the records you bought, and know everything about it, the lyrics, the studios, the photos, you really absorbed it all; nowadays, people have all the music on the tip of their fingers, and don’t spend much time with a single album or band. In a way, it’s easier to get your music eared by more people, but it’s harder for them to really relate with you.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
Sometimes on some lyrics it can be noticed some of our interest in old pagan religions and occult science; we’re fascinated with old knowledge, and sometimes it shows up in our songs; other times, we write about things we see and feel.
- Can you describe your sound?
We have a very vocal oriented sound; we write with the vocals in mind, and all the arrangements are made to make the voice and melody stand out; we like to write songs, not jams, and our main goal it’s to pass a message, and make people feel something and think about it.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Our current favorite band is Rival Sons, we have all the records and even went to the Netherlands to see them live; they do exactly what we love, and are amazing musicians. We also been diggin’ a lot Fantastic Negrito.
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
A person doesn’t choose the music, it’s the music that chooses you; all of us in a way or the other are musicians by nature, not by choice.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
All Lyrics are written by Dikk, our bass player, and Sandrine, our singer, but during the process anyone can come up with changes and if it’s for the better, we use it, we’re very democratic on that subject.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
It’s difficult to have a consensus, but probably Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, by The Beatles, or Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Definitely, it would be Rival Sons
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
As on a previous question, that’s another symptom of the ephemeral relationship people have with music nowadays; unfortunately, that forces the bands to work on a different time schedule, with the obligation of producing new material on a more regular basis, and you miss the ability of really deepening a concept or subject, everything starts being disconnected…when you work on an album, like 10 or 12 songs, you can really explore a specific artistic line, especially with the sound; a consistent album is important to really make a difference, and to let the listeners know where we really want to go; with the singles, it’s a kind of a series of one-shots, like in a relationship: if you keep changing your partners, you can’t really get to know no one, it’s just a superficial flirt, but if you really dig in, and get to know a person, that’s when the real magic truly happens.