Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Sébastien Francisque: vocals

Guy Kaye: guitars

Gabriel Lajoie: bass

Sylvain Plante: drums

Matthieu Van Vliet: trombone

Mario Allard: alto saxophone

Jacques Kuba séguin: trumpet

Jean-Francois Ouellet: baritone saxophone

François Therrien: keys

Martin Lizotte: keys

Mélissa Lavergne: percussions

We were all born in Montreal, Canada

Except Jacques Kuba Seguin who was born in Poland and Mathieu Van Vliet that comes from Belgium.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.

We’re a 11 piece band with musicians that played with a lot of local and international artists. We’ve created this band 10 years ago so everyone could express themselves fully.

We leave a lot of place for improvisation when we play live, and this has been at the core of our band since the beginning
We shared festival stages with the likes of Stevie Wonder, K’naan, Cat Empire and Medeski Martin and Wood, amongst others.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

We play mostly Afro-funk music, but we like to wander in other territories too, the only thing we want is our head to bounce whatever the genre 🙂

This song is part of the new territories we explored on our third album, trying to catch the feel of what’s happening around the world right now.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

We’re a lot of people, but the common thing we agree, is that for us to survive as a musician here in Canada you have to be very versatile to be able to make a living out of music, which allow us to meet different people and approaches.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

This new release album has been recorded at different locations here in Montreal.

Mixart Recording Studio is a big part of the sound and is owned by our guitar player that produced the album.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

We’ve all been in different musical projects since the last 15 years, we are working hard to cross the ocean with this one. Live playing is where we are at our best, and there’s a lot of music festivals we would like to go perform.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Basically we love playing and get together.
The inspiration comes from everything that surrounds us in our everyday urban life.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I don’t thing there’s a secret to make a hit song, or everyone would be doing it every day. I think is a mixture of honesty, talent, work, timing and chance basically.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

As Fela Kuti once said “Music is the weapon” I think music has this particular characteristic that can change mentalities and open up mental frontiers.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Be yourself, keep an open mind and accept constructive criticisms.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

We’ve performed many times at Montreal Jazz Festival, did opening for Medeski, Martin & Wood, K’nann and Cat Empire.

Our Guitar player is the winner of the Juno award for world album of the year in 2011 for AXIL by Élage Diouf. Some of us Have performed with Youssou N’Dour , Nikki Yanofsky,
Akon, Cirque du Soleil and Jackson 5.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

We’ve been playing mostly on National Radio here in Canada, call Radio-Canada, we also did a TV show call Belle et Bum.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

As the singer I mostly write the lyrics when the music is done, I’ll gibberish in a melody and then I’ll write a story from the words that had the most significance in the jamming session.

All of the band members bring songs and we write the arrangements all together.

Sometimes, like for this song, we collaborate with others too. The lyrics of “Walls” has been written by the excellent band leader of a folk band here in Montreal call Cheshire Carr, which is worth a listen.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Fela Kuti

James Brown

Jimi Hendrix

Parliament

Micheal Jackson

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

We had the honor to work with David Ngohdefikko, one of the drummer of Fela Kuti, singing on our first album “We’re not Blind”.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

papagroove.ca

facebook.com/Papagroove/?ref=page_internal

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

smarturl.it/papagroove

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Well it’s has been a good balance of both many times I would say 😉 .

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

It’s hard to know when you don’t have it, but for sure there’s a good part that goes into music creation 🙂.


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