Philippe Maniez

Paris, France
Philippe maniez
About this artistPhilippe is grown up surrounded by music. His parents are professional singers. He graduated on the conservatorium in Paris so his perfect pitch is not a big surprise. What he does with it fascinates me more. I really love his open-ears for anything that creates sound. He records conversations and focusses on the rhytm and melody for example. He showed me the percussion he did on this Bernie Sanders speech about healthcare. It's such an inspiration. I hang out with him for some days in Paris and felt really connected. When I thanked him for his carrying attitude he told me not to even mention it. Doesn't illustrate that how much he loves the people around him. Hope to see you again Philippe!
A couple of questionsName of your artistic activity?
Jazz drummer and composer

Where are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about playing the drums in its culture and historical sense, and using it to find newer ways of expressing myself. Furthermore, accompanying and bringing musicians together through my function as a drummer is an essential goal, a compass of sorts. I’m also very passionate about everything that regards the voice, notably choral music - both of my parents are professional singers, and vocal music was a big part of my upbringing.

What are the fruits of that passion?
There are many: the creation of bands and small communities which share common musical and social goals, personal creative development, and also the constant questioning which comes from a life of dedication to self-expression. That paves the way for many thoughts on music, our own creative process, our morals. I believe that music holds the answers to the essential questions in life (and holds many unanswered questions as well!) and delving into it passionately and truly can lead us to a happy life - or at lest one of pursuance. Or are they both one and the same?

What do you want to share with our visitors?
My friend Mathilde is a singer, songwriter and role model for me and many of my peers. When her record company refused to release her music video because her physique didn’t adhere to conventional singer videos, she went out and did her own. Check it out. It’s brilliant. I’m also happy to be playing on this track alongside my friends and french piano legend, Jacky Terrasson.

Who are you inspired by?
The great jazz drummers and musicians - there are too many to name. I’m also inspired by everyone I meet who has a sense of purpose and does what they do whole-heartedly - whatever the field of work. Meeting these people is a blessing!

What is your most amazing artistic experience?
Though I’m happy to have played on large stages through the world, sometimes for thousands of people in attendance, I think the moments I treasure the most artistically were spent in rehearsal rooms playing music with a few friends. Often, the most incredible and magical moments escape us, our studios and our cameras, and happen in the privacy of rehearsal rooms, or a friend’s living room.

How did you experience our recording and where was it?
The recording was super easy, just a hang in my apartment really. Slap on some headphones and get jamming! I played the song through a couple times, then did some extra takes that had a few more crazy things. I hope the good feeling of the room got into the music somehow.

Where can people find you?
I’m often gigging around in Paris, so definitely in the clubs and scenes around there!

If you could do one wish for your passionfruit-tree (career) to grow faster, what would it be?
To meet more people that I can play, connect and feel good with!
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