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Interview with Thierry David

interviewThierry David recently released the album Hypnosis. Webpage mwe3.com has posted an interesting interview with the artist. It goes like this:

mwe3: Where are you from originally and where do you live now and what do you like best about it?

Thierry David: I was born in Paris, France and I currently live there. After graduating from a prestigious business school in France in 1978, I spent some time in Latin America (Peru, Brazil, Mexico) and also studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1980/1981). Since then I’ve made several trips to India and the Middle East (Syria, Oman). All these experiences naturally fed my creativity and imagination.

mwe3: What music were you first introduced to when you were young and what musicians, artists and composers would you consider to be among your musical influences? I know you were born in 1955 so you must have lived through the Beatles rock era too.

Thierry David: I began with the piano at the age of five studying classical music by Chopin, Bach and Beethoven. As a teenager I began trying to reproduce on the piano by myself songs I heard at that time, among them many French singers of course but my first thunderbolt was for Elton John. Listening to his music, I perceived that a fusion between classical and modern music was possible. I was particularly influenced by his album Blue Moves which is still one of my favorite recordings.

Then I discovered progressive rock bands like Pink Floyd, YES and Genesis. Sometime later Peter Gabriel became one of my heroes, especially when he created his own label Real World. That opened my ears to music from different continents and new musical modes and harmonies. At that time I did listen a lot to music from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the Pakistanese master and more particularly his album Mustt Mustt.

Read it here.