I’m a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, composer, bandleader, and arranger born in Liège and now based in Ohey, Belgium. Trippy yet direct, introspective yet minimalist, my singing, melodic (mainly fingerpicking) guitar playing, and composing styles were born at the intersection of my passions for Americana music and indie rock. Since I’m also a writer and a researcher in literature (see my research output on this website), my songwriting has been said to be literary, deploying poetic images and/or engaging storytelling.
I was first musically trained at a private school (2010 – 2015), the Atelier Rock in Huy, Belgium, where I took individual singing and guitar lessons that were primarily focused on a pop/rock music repertoire. After that, I became a self-taught musician and learnt to play other instruments such as the electric bass, the piano, the harmonica, and the banjo, while discovering varied musical traditions ranging from country music and classical music to jazz and blues. More recently, I have started learning more about music theory and the history of music, as well as to play the violin first at the Académie Grétry in Liège, Belgium (2021 – 2022) and then at the Conservatoire de Musique Edouard Bastin in Ciney, Belgium (2023 – ongoing).
As a bandleader and composer, I created a self-titled project in 2012 which reflects the singer-songwriter’s genuinely “gritty folk-rock quality that we could never tire of” (Tom Haugen, Take Effect, United States). Its well-received debut album “Looking for a Dream” was released in 2019 on the independent record labels Homerecords (CD), Freaksville Publishing (digital), and JauneOrange (publishing). It contains these mid-tempo intense and uplifting “tracks that drive out your fears and doubts, and replace them with a dreamer’s confidence and belief” (Tom Hilton, Aldora Britain Records, United Kingdom). More recently, I’ve been working on a second album for this self-titled project, and I’ve co-founded the punk/stoner/experimental duo « D35-C » along with Lucas Coune (drums and lead vocals) with which we’re planning to release our first songs in 2024.
As a multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, and arranger, I have collaborated with a variety of projects either occupying long-term or short-term positions (invited or substitute musician, arranger, or lyricist). These include the alt/rock band “Alterlight,” the indie rock band “Constantine,” the indie folk solo project “Benni,” the alt-country band “Everyone Is Guilty,” and the French chanson band “Los Pepes.”
Lastly, I’m the co-founder, along with fellow musicians François-Xavier Thimister and Paolo De La Croix, of “Long Bird Records,” a Liège-based music collective started in 2019. It currently consists of four Belgian projects (“David Lombard,” “Constantine,” “Alterlight,” and “D35-C”) that have so far shared musicians, interests, and good times.