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Who are they:
Jean-Phi - experimental beats
Band name history:
Their collaboration quickly resulted in a song. They both got so excited about the song that they decided to go for the full blown adventure: an album! They first played at the MIMI Awards (Montreal International Music Initiative) after party in March 2008 (and that night was a venue filled with music industry gurus!). Betty has been playing, writing and singing music for 20 years now. As for Jean-Phi, he started when he was 9 so…..20 years as well.
Inspiration or philosophy:
The main inspiration for the duo has been movie soundtracks. They appreciate the fact that in a movie, the music takes much longer to develop an idea than in one song. They have a 3 word philosophy: trash-sophisticate consciousness (trendy and artistic – true indie artists!).
Favourite city to play in:
Beast love Montreal because ‘when the crowds like what you do, they let you know! ‘
Favourite city to live in:
Betty has a preference for the South of France and says it’s beautiful everywhere and there’s the sea. (UMM agrees – what’s not to like: good wine, the ocean, cultural history and a trendy spirit – even Angelina Jolie spent some time there!)
Jean-Phi loves Montreal in the summer: ‘it’s a big city that feels like a village!’ And he also gives New York two thumbs up for the drive it gives you.
Betty: when she was eighteen, she used to play in an English pub called ‘chez Wayne’ in Nice with a singer/drummer who covered Barry White songs. Because of his heavy weight, he would fall asleep at any time, anywhere…even behind a drum during a gig!
Prepping before a gig:
Betty: nothing special – she enjoys good laughs…..
Jean-Phi: good laughs (we’ll assume they make each other laugh!), and the washroom (???).
Latest music purchase:
Betty: the latest Shadow Puppets song: My mistakes were made for you.
Jean-Phi: Subtle (a rap group from California).
Betty: becoming a genetic researcher and finding the aids vaccine with Coltrane’s A Love Supreme in her headphones. Ok, she’s just kidding: she wants to keep taking her music on the road.
Jean-Phi: being John Coltrane (in Betty’s headphones?).
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