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GENERAL ELEKTRIKS (FRANCE)

General Elektriks is the brainchild of Hervé “RV” Salters.  A French national and a vintage keyboard player, RV quickly became the go-to Parisian for “vintage sound,” scoring session work with Femi Kuti, -M-, and DJ Mehdi, among others, before leaving in 1999 to relocate to the US.
 
Using his favorite keys, a computer and a mic, General Elektriks began as a musical journal that followed RV through his move from San Francisco to Seattle then back to Berkeley where he currently resides. It was in the Bay Area that he hooked up with the Quannum crew and started doing session work for them, and it was through Quannum that he also released the first GE record, 2005’s Cliquety Kliqk. Described by URB as “Ennio Morricone for the 21st century,” the album, which also featured appearances from Lateef The Truthspeaker and Chief Xcel, was a mix of vintage funk, hip-hop beats, noir riffs, cinematic arrangements, pop melodies and digital twinkle. And people caught on: besides a positive press response, “‘Tu M’intrigues” was used in commercials for Mercedes-Benz’s E Class and Ralph Lauren’s Notorious perfume, while “Time to Undress” was played in Woody Allen’s 2007 film, Cassandra’s Dream.
 
After touring behind the album, Salters joined Blackalicious in the studio to work on their third fulllength, 2005’s The Craft, and also joined them on their accompanying tours. Concurrently, he formed the trio Honeycut with singer Bart Davenport and drummer/ programmer Tony Sevener, and Quannum released their critically acclaimed debut, The Day I Turned To Glass, in 2006. As he was touring with Honeycut and laying keys down for more artists (Lifesavas, Lyrics Born, Curumin, Jel, the Mighty Underdogs, to name a few), Salters started working on a second GE effort.
 
Cuting-edge French label Discograph (Coralie Clément, Dimitri From Paris) put out Parker Street in Europe and Japan and by Quannum Projects in North America.

Parker Street is the most successful and most dense of General Eletriks albums , filled with multiple influences and perfused by the energy and experience of live concerts.

My Artists Sessions

Thursday, September 8
 

7:00pm CEST