'You Don't Need to Drink to Rock'

Blessy Mathew Prasad finds out why this musician from France could well be your new favourite teacher

Published: 07th December 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th December 2015 10:19 PM   |  A+A-

Jean Davoisne

VERSATALITY! If there’s one thing that truly brings out the skill of a musician, it’s his versatility. And that’s what this drummer from Southwest France is all about. From rock and pop to jazz, house and electro, this 36-year-old has mastered every genre. And now this Drummer, composer, teacher and producer is at the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, Chennai, as part of the Spring Faculty

Born in the city of Eauze, Jean grew up listening to American rock bands like Guns n Roses and Metallica. “My friends used to play the air guitar and I used to play air drums and pretend we were rockstars,” says Jean. At the age of 16, he and his friends released a project titled Ultimatum.

“That was well received and we  got the motivation we needed.” Jean, a completely self-taught drummer until then, continued playing drums throughout high school. Once he watched a Buddy Rich Memorial concert and that’s when he developed a fascination for Jazz. After graduating with the Best Jazz Drummer award, he thought Jazz was his thing. That only lasted a while though, as he soon found a new love. It was the turn of the millennium. Electronic music soon had become the ‘in thing’ in France.  Jean is also part of a cover band Klien that plays all kinds of music from house to rock.

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