Interview Philippe Bussonnet
The recent tour of Magma has uncovered little-known musicians, but passionate and dedicated to the music of Christian Vander. Among them, one who succeeds, among others, Francis Moze, Jannick Top, Paganotti Bernard, Dominique Bertram, Mark Eliard in the role of bassist Philippe Bussonnet. The opportunity of making Kohntark ... ! !
What was your musical background before Magma?
I am completely self taught, it is about 10 years I played, and I have long been in Province, in Belfast, where I played in various bands, rock, jazz, a cover band Magma (!). There are about 3 years ago I started working with Patrick Gauthier (excellent pianist and keyboardist, Ed), with whom I have done many concerts and an album. It is less than 2 years I have lived in Paris.
How did you know Christian Vander?
In the cover band Magma, I played with a drummer named Mark Delouya, who knew Christian, who had also played in Offering. For my part, I had already played with Christian last year for 25 years with Magma "The Voice" and in 1991 for the concert Mekanïk.
What are your musical influences and "bass"?
I love James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Motown, James Jamerson. I really listened to King Crimson, all periods, Magma course, a lot of jazz, but this is not music that I practice a lot, if only because I do not play bass at all. Among the bassists who made me want to work the instrument, there is also Bernard Paganotti and Jannick Top, which should make school so it is original. It is one reason why I am bassist. I like also the "Earth Wind and Fire" in the 70s.
Being a fan of Magma, then become a musician, plus a drummer as a Christian, that's what effect?
Good! It's a big job of listening, learning songs, because there are many things to remember, is music that repeats itself. After it is a work of his, listening, movement, to be always together in the same movement tempo. It puts the pressure and it stimulates both because it is a music that was so well done by others before, we must follow a certain path that has been drawn for years.
Successor of legendary bass players in a group of legend, it is a challenge?
I do not think too much, especially not when playing, I try to do it my way, I could never repeat certain things the same way, try to do better!
Do you have other musical activities outside of Magma?
Let's say that at this moment, I flatly "nose in it, if I worked in a quintet with Jean-Claude Buire, a drummer with whom we get on very well musically and humanly, and with whom I often played. The group of Patrick Gauthier is a little "standby" yet, and I participate in a group of compounds, but is still undeveloped.
What equipment do you use?
An old Ampeg SVT tube, and a bass DNG, Nicolas Petitbon, very simple, passive, tuned Do Sol Re La. In the beginning I tried the 5 string with a low B, but I did not speak at all, so I tried the 4 strings tuned in fifths, and I prefer the sound of the instrument like that. Outside of Magma, I often use effects like the Fuzz, the Wah-Wah.
Always Magma, with a future larger tour in spring 1997, and the groups I mentioned.
Interview by Thierry MENU
Bass Magazine - January 1997