Paul Bevoir : In Days of Wonder
It is nearly inconcevable : I'm holding the new album from Bubblegum Pop Wizard Paul Bevoir in my hands and can even genuinely listen to it !!! Indeed, Mr Bevoir is such a perfectionist that, if it'd only depend on him, this "In days of Wonder" would never be released !!! Happily, the people from Accident Records forced him under the knife to give them the mastertapes...and the result is beyond all words and understandings
In place of using unnecessary superlatives, let's submit Mr Bevoir to a psychoanalysis session on this occasion :
How did you start making music and how did you happen to be part of Mari Wilson's backing band ?
I was a music obsessive as a child, always playing records, and reading every word on the record's label, who wrote the song, who produced it. I think I was just born this way. My dad had a guitar and I learned how to play. But it was only when i became friends with Mike Levison in my teens, that I realised how bad I was! I wrote my first songs with Mike, he taught me everything! So blame him please! (I can supply his email). In the late 1970's, I was a fan of a pop group called 'Advertising'. I became friends with them, and one of the members, Tot Taylor, began writing songs for Mari Wilson. When she eventually needed a group to play live, Tot asked me if I would help out. I was only in the Imaginations (as they were called then) for a few months, but we did many gigs during that time.
Well, Tot Taylor was a very clever chappie. A real 'ideas'man. I thought he was a great songwriter, so when he asked me to write some songs for his ‘Compact' label, I couldn't believe it! I didn't think he ever needed anyone else. Compact released my first ever solo recording, so again, all blame is with them! (any complaints should be directed to Tot… But sorry, I don't have an email address for him).
Speaking of ‘Compact’, any anecdote about this 1985 TV performance with Virna Lindt from YouTube ?It was a
Who was behind the "concept" of your band the Jetset? Are you still in regular contact with former members ?
The Jetset was a band I started with my friends. But it was only when Paul Bultitude (who had also been in the band Advertising' with Tot Taylor) began to get involved, that it became more 'conceptual'. Most of the visual ideas were his, i just wrote some songs to fit his vision.
Two other ex members of the Jetset (Angus Nanan & Mickey Dias) still work with me today, on live concerts and recordings, along with Mike Levison (my first songwriting partner) and my good friend Richard Fairclough (another very talented fellow!).
After your last solo effort, the "Dumb Angel" album, you've had a huge success in
Oh yes, the millions arrive in huge sacks everyday ha ha! Believe me, it's impossible for me to make a living doing music, you need really great success for that, unfortunately, one good selling record in
How much time have you actually been busy on “In Days of Wonder”?
I started this 'new' album 12 years ago, so you can see how very productive I am! Well, the way the album has finally ended up, it has only 2 songs from the original album project, the rest are all fairly new songs. So in that respect, it's only been about 3 years (which is still a long time for something that's all over in 40 minutes!)
Amongst these songs, there is a fabulous duet with the young talented Belgian singer Marine Boréale...How did you come to meet her?
We 'met through the miracle of Myspace. Joachim Jannin (Marine's partner and composer) wrote to me. He's such a gifted writer (and performer too!) and I loved her voice and his songs so very much, it was an honour to be asked. I love that song. They should both be huge stars! I'm sure they will be.
Any particular pop band you feel connected to nowadays ?I have to say, the Myspace thing has opened my ears to so much great music that I never would have heard without it. Joachim & Marine are a perfect example of this. I've made some great friends too (like you j-m) and my super friend 'Guille Milkyway' who is the genius behind the fantastic '
Your last word for our dear readers who went through this interview till the very last question...
Just to say that Jean-Michel is a genius. A true encylopedia of pop music knowledge. Hang on to his every word, I've learned so much from him, so maybe you can too! He is our teacher! And we will never stop learning! Oh yes, and I hope that anyone who might buy this new album will enjoy it for a while before they exchange it for the 'complete collection' by 'the Smurfs'! Oh, and love to everyone of course…
=> Buy "In days of Wonder" HERE and enjoy !!!