The bandís history.
The two musicians Jonh
Darken and Lestat B. have been friends for a long time.
In the summer 2000 they decided, to work together and put
their different musical influences in common, in order to
create their band, JLíS. Lestat is a guitar player, a drummer
and an arranger. Jonh plays the synthesiser, writes the
songs, the melodies and sings too. Thanks to Lestat Jonh
got to know the universe of Alternative Rock (Dream Theatre),
whereas Lestat discovered what we call Synthetic Music with
"Depeche Mode". Lestat, who was a member of different
bands before joining John, brings to JLíS music its rock
spirit, the aggressiveness of its Rifs, and the specific
guitar sounds . As for John he brings his qualities as a
composer, and the jazz and classical influences he was taught
when very young.
What is the philosophy
of your music?
JD: For me music
must provoke an emotion and inspire a universe. We donít
have money in mind when we work on the songs we write. We
want people to be touched by the harmonies, the lyrics,
or the sounds we choose, we donít want them to be fooled
by the purely commercial aspect of music. The music which
lasts is the music which makes people think and vibrate.
LB : As
far as Iím concerned, everything is a question of emotions.
I listen to all sorts of music, which allows me to explore
and express different kinds of feelings like love, anger
etc. I have the conviction that our music is a combination
of varied and opposite emotions with which everyone ca identify.
What are your influences ?
JD : I started studying
music in a traditional music school. My first instrument
was the drums, and I then started learning the piano. My
musical education was mainly jazz and classical. Later on,
I discovered synthetic music with "Music for the masses"
and "violator" of Depeche Mode. I was very sensitive
to the emotion that some electronic sounds could convey.
LB : Iím
very much interested in the technical aspect and the universe
that can emerge from a song. Iíve always been much influenced
by rock music but what I like the most is "Progressive
Rock" because it is a combination of jazz and classical
and its technical aspect is unbelievable. Iím also attracted
to electronic sounds, for me the reference is Depeche Mode
because their compositions are unusual, and they are very
good at using electronic in their music.
In what way is your music so similar
to Depeche Modeís ?
First because Iím a big fan of their music, I really like
the universe that Martin Gore creates, illustrated by David
Gahanís voice. We are close to that band in the sense that
we are not afraid of challenging or even shocking with our
uncommon melodies, and harmonic choices.
LB : In
other words, DMís universe is very varied, and they have
kept a sound which is theirs. We try to evolve in the same
way. We try to be logical in the way we write songs and
melodies, with our personal touch, eclecticism is our key
word. Moreover, Jonhís voice is almost the same as David
Why do you partly rewrite some
of Depeche Modeís songs and how do you choose them ?
JD : First to pay a tribute
to their talent and because they made me want to sing. We
choose the songs when we know that we can bring them something
very personal and original, for example we wouldnít rewrite
a song that we couldnít enhance. For " The world
in my eyes " we wanted to bring a touch of explosion
with the rock sound going crescendo all along the song.
LB : What
I find interesting is that Martin Gore writes the base for
his songs only with a guitar, that is to say that he creates
a simple melodic line, which allows to do plenty of arrangements.
DMís music is so rich that it inspires us, and we very often
have the feeling that we could transmit or stress some emotions,
arranging Martinís compositions differently. What could
be more pleasant than to bring a personal touch to such
wonderful songs ?