From the westerner shores of the old continent, a troupe of wanderers came together to kindle the fires of an art form almost extinguished nowadays. The result is The Bateleurs.
How would you describe your music?
We are heavily influenced by the Rock bands from the 70s, like Zeppelin, Purple and Janis; we also have a big connection with the Blues, older and newer, all mixed up with the fact that we’re from a territory in Europe that has its particular nuances, and it all blends together in what we do; we’re not trying to remake anything, just trying to put our own spin on the genre.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
I’ve (Ricardo Dikk, Bassist) met Sandrine at a studio session, and after a while we were playing covers in local venues; we both loved Zeppelin and Purple, and a lot of other bands from that time, and we began to think it was cool to write some songs, inspired by that sound. With the help of our fellow bandmates, we started rehearsing some ideas and the results were pretty interesting, so we went to the studio to record some of them and get it out there.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Definitely, Zeppelin and Purple are the two biggest ones, but also names like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn are very important too; other than Rock, we also have great respect for some Soul and Jazz performers, like Stevie Wonder and John Coltrane
What inspires you?
We write pretty much about everything, sometimes with a more down to the earth approach, others with a more philosophical twist; we basically write about things we experiment, situations we’ve been or have witnessed, always trying to convey a message the listener can relate to and makes him think.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio
The ideas for songs can come up almost anywhere, even soundchecks or hotel rooms, and lyrics came frequently when you travel; but in the end, the bulk of the writing process is done at home or in the studio.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
The song of our EP we like the most to do live is “Another Crossroad” because of its slightly psychedelic feel, and we usually extend it with a massive jam in the end; it’s very cool when you remove the boundaries on what you’ve done in the studio and let the song go its own way, depending on the vibe of the night, the mood of the crowd and our personal feelings at that given time.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
It will be, without a doubt, Rival Sons; we are big fans, seen them a couple of times live, and they are the most exciting band actually…we’ll give an arm and a leg to tour with them.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Some things are better, others not really; it’s easier to record music and show it to lots of people with the internet, but on the other hand, there’s never been so much bands than nowadays, so the competition is fierce, and multiple times we all are left with the crumbles, because the cake is not thar big, and no one really gets a big slice. Also, in the past music were expensive, and the little you could afford you’d cherish, that’s why we developed such a strong relationship with the bands from the 70s; today, you have all the music you want in the tip of your finger, wherever you go, and you don’t spend enough time with an artist or band to really dig deep on what they’re doing, it’s all more superficial, like a bunch of flirts instead of a steady relation.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We use to play Highway Star, the Deep Purple tune; right at the beginning, there is a really high pitch note that Ian Gillan sang superbly on their original recording, and Sandrine loves to do it; one gig, perhaps because of tiredness, dehydration, or something else she was doing it spot on, then suddenly she passed out, and fell straight on the ground; we immediately stopped playing and were worried sick, but fortunately she recovered quickly and sang the gig until the end; the girl is a fighter!
What are your future plans?
We’ve been writing and rehearsing to start the recording of our first album this summer, and meanwhile we’ll be playing some local venues to help promote our EP.