Former member of the group Mes Souliers Sont Rouges, Yannick Duhamel pursues a solo career as a singer and guitarist.
"From red to pink"
Yannick Duhamel has been walking beside his pumps for a long time. Reds, of course! He lives in the center of the world ... sorry Mondeville -‐ Basse Normandie. His six-string guitar. Another obvious fact. Like him, she is a great traveler. She has long mastered the rich and varied accents of folk, Cajun, rock and even jazz music. When Yannick Duhamel's fingers caress the six strings of his guitar, soft and simple melodies emerge. Cheerful or sad, these melodies are always endearing. This is how anyone who crosses the path of Yannick Duhamel and his guitar may find himself subsequently whistling one of the tunes he has just heard. You will understand, Yannick Duhamel composes alone.
Like his music, his words remain naive and direct. They are the reflection of his “ordinary poetry”. Doubt, carelessness, the desire to do battle, nostalgic renunciation are all themes addressed by this modern troubadour who tells us without artifice the snapshots of everyday life.
As her guitar sometimes feels very lonely, Yannick Duhamel gathered around her a few companions at the ICP studio in Brussels, the time to record a first solo album. Another guitar, electric this one, held by Geoffrey Burton. A bass guided by Nicolas Fiszman. A piano, keyboards played by Philippe Decock. And necessarily a battery; that of Mario Gossens in this case. It was the Belgian director Erwin Autrique who was responsible for collecting the fruits of these promising associations.
As words are a source of sharing for certain songs, Yannick Duhamel has crossed the swords of his melodies with the chiseled texts of authors who are dear to him: Alana Filippi, Chet, Yvan Coriat.
As the mixing of voices and colors is a source of wealth, Yannick Duhamel invited his friend Lokua Kanza to leave the Congo and to come and sing with him in his studio in Normandy. It is on his land that he, this time, composed, recorded and produced this seed which has become "A tree", mixed once again by Erwin Autrique, and which will tour the world this year by becoming the official French-speaking international anthem of the London 2012 Olympic Games for RFI.
Even if Yannick Duhamel has been walking beside his pumps for a long time, he does not walk alone. And he walks proud and convinced.