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The road seems to bounce beneath his quick and flowing step. Without a doubt. But not before composer, songwriter, filmmaker, photographer, Pygmalion. Always awakening. Always immersed in the process of creation and self-creation. Since the beginning of the 70s, his multiple musical incarnations have traced their way resolutely, standing out at the crossroads of worlds and genres- at the places where rock, pop, electronica, and song meet and overlap. His discography, born out of this eclecticism, reflects a personality that is both intense the vision of an artist as astute as he is aesthetic.
Jay was born in Paris, the city where his father heads a small music-publishing company, baptized Monde Melody Melody World.
His office next to the Palais-Royal doubles as a musical instrument boutique, where stars of the 60s like Jacques Dutronc come to buy their A Reminiscent Drive - A Visual And Musical Project By Jay Alanski . This is what I have to do.
This is who I have to be. The next year an EP entitled Hello Life follows. His first fans? Hundreds of classmates, who dig into their pockets to buy copies of the album at Voltaire High School, which he attends with his future collaborator Christophe J. Even though the album sales are modest, it is nevertheless picked up by knowing ears : music critics Yves Adrien, Patrick Eudeline, even the English weekly publication NME give it a review.
InJacques contacts Jay and proposes that they collaborate. The team gathers more momentum when Duvall has Alansky listen to the singing of a tough and spirited teenage girl, Lio, who he discovered in the media library managed by her mother. For two years, Jay and Jacques write more than thirty songs for the young girl. Signed in Belgium inthe song quickly climbs to the top of the charts and becomes an international hit and sold 2 million singles in Europe.
Albums sales Harvey Mason - Earthmover also excellent. All of this naturally leads Jay to make his first album as the interpreter of his own songs. This whirlwind of activity gives him ceaseless opportunities to perfect the art of sound and production. Next he produces Christophe J. Jay conjures up a name, a character, a repertoire: Jil Caplan is born.
Jil makes appearances on multiple TV shows and the album goes gold With her androgynous Parisian look and her nonchalant phrasing, Caplan perfectly embodies the sensibility of songs that are both pop and profound.
These songs, packed with images and cultural references, bring Jil Caplan to the French Music Award Ceremony, where she wins best emerging artist ofwith close tocopies sold. All of this occurs just before her first tour. He also produces Valentin and Anna Betti, whose singles capture media attention.
It isand recording technology allows him to play every instrument on the album, just as he did for Jil. The critics give Jay unanimous praise for this very personal work. The media follows suit, and Jay is invited to appear on a variety of television shows including the famous Blind Test with Thierry Ardisson.
Also an avid prose writer, it is at this time that Jay puts the finishing touches on an intense literary experiment he has been working A Reminiscent Drive - A Visual And Musical Project By Jay Alanski for several years.
Honored by his peers Coeur de creation award ina medal from the French rights society SacemJay is also solicited to do film scores. It is Jay is exhausted from years of work. He ceases his collaboration with Jil Caplan and stops haunting the big studios.
In the mids, the hit songwriter is thirsty for something else- instrumental music, free from the diktats of the song format- something that will enable him to explore another realm of his sensitivity that has a clear link to his spiritual questioning.
The project A Reminscent Drive takes form inon an old eight-track tape recorder. Ambient, experimental music that remains extremely melodic, free from all formatting constraints, A Reminiscent Drive embraces multiple musical forms and is always surprising.
The experience is interesting but difficult. Changes in the direction of the label and new priorities cause the album to get shelved. Having become a rare item, the album attains cult status, notably A Reminiscent Drive - A Visual And Musical Project By Jay Alanski a particular gay audience that appreciates its subtle ambiguities. Unfortunately, the two projects never see the light of day. Only some handmade copies are sold for the benefit of the artist. During his career as a singer-songwriter, Jay will have the fantasy of writing for several big names.
It is therefore with pleasure that he accepts the request of A Reminiscent Drive - A Visual And Musical Project By Jay Alanski Vartan to write for her. He proposes a choice of three songs, one written especially for her, and two more previously recorded by A.
A meeting with Buzy also leads to two Room Service - Fischer-Z - Going Red For A Salad (The UA Years) songs recorded by the pop star. He begins writing a musical with a suprising subject with Pierre Grosz, an effort that is unfortunately stalled by the inability to garner the financial means necessary to launch it.
The same year, Jil Caplan and Jay Alansky move into new apartments located across from each other- coincidentally. His experience with self-production and photography lights Slaughterhouse - Simken Heights - Eternal Flame this ambitious project, the production team which consists of only one assistant and thirteen actresses, including the mother of Marion Cotillard: Niseema Theillaud.
For those who know his photos, the colors and contrasts are typical of his vision: sometimes trash-Warholian, sometimes tear-jerking fragility suggesting edgy, emotional dialogues. With their air of impressionist collages, these films make important statements about our time. Totally experimentalthe films distinctive qualities are also their sophisticated music and scripts. For this occasion Jay makes three music videos. He writes some songs for the Yenguele Maria - Quinto Mayor - Montuno Al Piso.! Vanessa Chassaigne and for some months, on the web we can follow the progress of his new and mysterious musical incarnation sEYmour, an avatar he prefers not to explain quite yet.
His songs and music are constantly rediscovered. Jay has put on line two hundred and twenty seven short films largely seen and liked on Vimeo and his photographic work can be seen on many different blogs and on Tumblr where his photographs are reblogged on numerous occasions.
He's been asked to participate with "Monstruosa" to the Kiel Fetish Film Festival and a german label Peacelounge will reissue all his A Reminiscent Drive catalogue in digital and release a double cd anthology "Zoom Back Camera" in Fall A novel "Hermine et le vieux jeune homme" Editions de l'Harmattan is published in France in january and a Seymour album " I was a Gentleman " is finally out february Inin Paris april and Luxemburg november take place exhibitions of his film photographies His creations, the winding path of his career, tell the story of the most rare type of artist: one whose vision and ambition colors everything in his life- a phoenix who is never finished being reborn.
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