Journal

The Radiohead complex

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RadioheadYou probably know that I am writing a lot these days. The cool thing with long writings is that you have to tidy up your thoughts and make them (at least look) coherent. It involves digging into my past and understanding whatever positions I could have taken in the last 15 years to properly connect the dots between my ideas. And this is the point where I am supposed to give you the lecture about me changing over the years and being a better person and artist. Guess what? I’m not going to give you this lecture at all. Read more …

Music can’t be free

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Everything free for you!When I released Introducing Pierre-Arnaud Dablemont for free in July last year, I already knew a free strategy wouldn’t last forever, even if I secretly hoped people would be generous enough to allow me to make the second album free too. Although everyone praised the release, my secret dream didn’t happen, so back to the plan A. The free strategy had a primary goal: gaining traction in a complicated market. But recording an album, as romantic as it seems, always ends up in the same way: paying the bills. Read more …

Stepping off the grid

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Off the gridThese next two weeks, I will be off the grid. The recording is coming very fast, I launched the fundraising campaign this week-end, I now need to lock myself into the practice room and focus on what’s important: the music.

Before a big thing I always need to get my isolation period: I just work and rest. No contact with anybody. This is my planning for this next week, just before locking myself in another room: the studio. Read more …

Thinking out of the box: notes before recording Beethoven

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think out of the boxI’m super excited. In 2 weeks, I’m going to finally hit the studio to record the first volume of Beethoven – Evolutions. Last time I was in a studio for recording sessions was for this album in December 2011. Yes, that was a long time ago for someone who particularly loves studio work and its atmosphere. What am I thinking about a few days before flying to the studio? Keep reading to discover it. Read more …

The #hashtag power

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HashtagI launched at the beginning of this year the #LvBFact hashtag: Everyday at 4pm GMT I tweet about Ludwig van Beethoven. Having a Beethoven album on its way, I’ve read quite a lot about the composer over the last months and I wanted to share the information with more people than the people I speak to everyday. Read more …

Step Into The Digital Era And Stop Buying CDs: The user’s perspective

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Usb Flash DrivesThird and penultimate post of our series about downloadable music products. This one is about you, about me and about everyone consuming recorded music. We saw in our last episodes that digital downloads have a lot of pros: from an environmental perspective but also from the artist’s point of view. What if you’re not an artist and you absolutely don’t care about environmental issues? Keep reading, it has some pretty awesome advantages for you too. Read more …

Publishing a book: true need or fancy caprice?

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bookWhen I announced last week I was writing a book, I heard some voices telling me “why a book? Can’t you publish it on your blog?”. The answer is no. Or “Why writing anything about that?” There are lots of good reasons for this. Music is, like other arts, about reflection and time. I noticed we rarely talk about this interesting part of our work and want to share it. Also, I have always secretly wanted to write a book. Read more …

Shift perspective and be positive!

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LIFE IS NOT ABOUTNot so long ago, I was a struggling artist. I was depressed because my career wasn’t taking off, I was feeling like a dog abandoned on the highway of success before a summer vacation. However, I had everything in my power to be successful: a solid experience, ideas, guts and people believing in and supporting me. But I couldn’t see that, because of my negativity. For years I’ve been unconsciously programming myself to be sad, unhappy and just able to complain about myself. Negativeness sucked my brain out and left me unproductive, uncreative and without friends. Who would like to be friend with a guy complaining all the time about himself and how unfair is life? Or do any kind of music with someone not believing he is an excellent pianist and has good ideas? Read more …

What do Beethoven, my thought process and a kindle have in common?

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Beethoven a Kindle and meYou might be aware I am currently preparing for recording sessions of this album which will take place in a little more than a month. During my journey to this studio time, I have been accumulating information and thoughts concerning Beethoven and his piano sonatas. Part of this information feeds the #LvBFact daily tweets but another part, much more difficult to express in 140 characters didn’t find its way to the public stage easily. Read more …

Step into the digital era and stop buying CDs: The Artist’s perspective.

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Usb Flash DrivesLast December, I spoke about the environmental implications of CD production and why we should use digital audio files instead of CDs from a green perspective. As you should be aware of by now, I’m immensely in favor of digital audio products. Yes, it’s a huge step forward for our planet, but that’s not all. As an artist, I have been advocating in favor of lossless audio formats for a decade already. We’re not talking today about sound quality, but about the advantages of using digital format for an artist. Read more …

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