Sidney Berthier

Sounds likeThe Dandy Warhols, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones

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Although I grew up in France, my influences are mostly British with the likes of 60s-70s artists such as the Rolling Stones and art-rock bands such as the Dandy Warhols and the Vacant Lots. If you like their stuff you will probably relate to my music as well.

I love songs about outcasts, rejects, and loners. As well as composing all the lyrics myself, I love playing the guitar and have a very clean, articulate riff-driven sound. I dislike whiny songs, and always try to turn even the darkest of feelings into something forward-moving and closer to rock 'n' roll. I also have a marked vintage sound, harkening back to the 70s and 80s.

I play a white Strat through a Marshall amp with a few retro pedals. I like being able to hear individual notes as opposed to gain or distortion. I like working with local artists.

Alongside music, I love filmmaking and draw heavily on the films and TV shows I consume to write songs. This can range from borrowing imagery to simply referencing and using plotlines, characters or lines of dialogue as a starting point. I love cinematic music and try to blend those influences with my rock 'n' roll predilections.

What's the first song you remember hearing? 'Stayin' Alive' by the Bee Gees

You're in a Karaoke Bar - What's your go to song? 'Satisfaction' by the Rolling Stones

What was the first gig you went to? The Dandy Warhols on their Distortland tour, in April 2016

Which song do you wish you'd written? 'Tiny Dancer' by Elton John

Which song would you like played at your funeral? 'Wild Horses' by the Rolling Stones

What song is stuck in your head right now? 'Mamma Mia' by ABBA

What was the first Album you bought? 'Exile on Main St.' by the Rolling Stones

Which song made you want to play music? 'Blackbird' by the Beatles - this was the first pop song I ever learnt on guitar, I played a duet with a clarinet player and passed my exam!

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