:: INTERVIEW TO
THE BLACK NOODLE PROJECT
YOURSELVES OUR READERS...
Jeremie: Hi. We are The Black Noodle Project. We are coming from France
and we try to play an emotional and melancholic flying music which, that's
what we hope, makes you travel.
WHO ARE THE BLACK NOODLE PROJECT AS BAND MEMBERS?
Nowadays, we are 5 people in the band. Anthony Létévé, bass guitar. Matthieu
Jaubert, Keyboards. Franck Girault, who is now playing drums after Arnaud
Rousset left the band. Sebastien Bourdeix, acoustic guitars. And I, Jérémie
Grima, singer and guitars, who founded The Black Noodle Project.
WHEN DID YOU HAVE FOUNDED THE BAND?
The Black Noodle Project is a 3 years old project. It begun with me alone
for almost 2 years and became a real band when some good musicans joined
me in this project. So there are two periods: a solo one and now, a band
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE VERY FIRST BEGINNING OF BAND...
As I said, I was alone and I was composing many titles with no real idea
about where I was going. I was fed up with bands and all the problems we
can meet when you're creating one. But some people begun to be interested
in my work. Musea and I got in touch and they proposed me to distribute
an album. So I created the band in order to have real musicians playing
on it and in order to play gigs, which is of course impossible when you're
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR PREVIOUS RECORDING-EFFORTS?
I recorded a demo which was called "Dark Smiles...". It was a kind of patchwork
of my favourite compositions in 2003. The style was influenced by metal
music but you can find some titles we recorded again for "And Life Goes
On..." on it. It's out of sale nowadays but you can listen to some tracks
on our website www.theblacknoodleproject.com.
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR FOLLOWING?
We are talking very seriously about a second album. We have many ideas and
we already have a new song we're playing during our shows. The musicians
and I are now a real team and I'm very proud to work with them. The sound
of the band changed a little bit with the new guys but only in a good way.
The spirit of it is so good that the next album will be a real team project.
I'm off with my solo period, now. And I'm sure there will be a very good
progression on our next effort.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTS IN YOUR HISTORY?
All the important facts were some meetings with people who decided me to
go on working. Bertrand, from B-Smile Records, Laurent from a French label
called Thundering Records, and Bernard from Musea for examples. They both
increased my motivation to create a real band.
A QUICK INTRODUCING AT 'AND LIFE GOES ON...'?
"And Life Goes On... " was and is still again a great adventure. We tried
to put in this album what we would like to hear if we would buy a new one.
We did no compromises and we did it in total independency. We just tried
to offer a peaceful travel in a melancholic music country. We did this album
with our hearts and our sincerity.
SATISFIED TO HAVE SIGNED WITH MUSEA/BRENNUS?
Yes, Musea is handled by real passionate people. Everyone there is believing
and living for their passion in music. They helped us very much for the
album promotion and its diffusion. I don't think we could have done it without
WHAT'S ABOUT THE PRODUCTION OF ALBUM?
The production has been handled by B-Smile Records. A French new Label founded
by Betrand Pinsac and I. We recorded "And Life Goes On..." during the summer
of 2004. We didn't have very much money so we had to work very hard to find
some cheap but good solutions, like recording only during nights. Some French
partners helped us and I must tell that I'm quite proud of the result. Of
course, we can't compare it with a big major production but we did all that
could be done by ourselves. And even if we will try to have better sound
and conditions next time, I have absolutely no regrets.
ANY PARTICULAR CONCEPT CONCERNING THE ALBUM?
The only concept was to be honest with ourselves. Even if I would be dreaming
about recording a real concept album, with recurrent themes and a real story,
I think the band is too young for that. We will do it later, when we will
be a little bit more experienced and if the god of music make us live until
then. I have too much respect for concept albums like Pink Floyd's The Wall
or the Who's Tommy to pretend to be able to do one now.
WHAT'S THE MOOD OF IT?
The mood of "And Life Goes On..." is melancholic without being too sad.
It's not a cry at all. It would rather be a tear caressing your hear with
I FEEL A STRONG PINK FLOYD BACKGROUND?
Every musician in the band listen to many different kind of music. I really
enjoy working with open minded people. But it's a fact, everyone loves Pink
Floyd very much. I literally grown with this band my parents loved. "Wish
you were Here" is the first rock album I have ever heard. I guess it gave
me my musical identity, even if we ever try not to make our music look like
some band or another and try to do what we feel.
THE MOST SALIENT ASPECTS OF YOUR NEW ALBUM?
I'm very proud when people tell me that you are discovering different sounds
and emotions every time you listen to "And Life Goes On..." . I love so
much the albums you just can listen for years, always discovering it again
and again. We drove our music in this way and I'm sure that if you like
it, you will like it even much better when you will have listened to it
WHAT'S ABOUT THE FEEDBACK?
We are very happy for the feedback is very good yet. We had many reviews
in many countries and everyone seems to be agree with saying it's good.
It gives us even more motivation to do even better with our second one.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR SOUND?
The most important thing in music, according to me : emotions. I think sometimes
that when we're playing or recording songs, we create a link from a heart
to another. True emotions are the most precious present you can give to
people, especially when their core is a peace and harmony desire.
We are often doing some shows in France especially but we definitely want
to go in foreign countries as soon as we will be able to do it.
YOUR LIFE'S PHILOSOPHY?
It's a huge question but my father always told me that you shall better
fail something rather than regretting not having tried it. I totally agree
with it and I would complete this with my own point of view: if you're trying
something, always keep fighting until you become proud of it, especially
if you bring peace with it.
THE FUTURE OF THE BAND?
We have some shows until june. We will have a two months break after that
and will work on our next album from September. I hope we will be able to
begin the recording in January 2006. We will also certainly have a French
tour in November. But if possible, we will also try to come in Europe to
promote The Black Noodle Project.
ANY LAST REMARKS?
Thanks to the Italian people for having read this interview. My grandmother
was Italian. I think she would have been proud if she had knew that a piece
of our music came back in her lands. See you.
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