1. First of all, where does your artist name come from?
We wanted to choose a name that would represent our music and the fact that we were from various backgrounds. “Groovy” for the groove we try to put everyday in the music we share with our fans to make it festive and rhythmic. “Nations” to underline our desire to fusion musical genres and languages but also to unite the world through a universal language, Music!
2. Your band is composed of 10 members from various origins who all brought their own personal touch to your music. When and how did you meet?
It started in 2009. Four of us (Simon, Florian, Antoine and Issam, childhood friends) decided to travel through the North of France to perform (mainly Rock music). Then, we wanted to challenge ourselves so we tried Funk music. It was an ambitious project and we needed more musicians. So Antoine, who was studying at the EF2M (A music school) at the time, asked several musicians from his school to join the project. And then, more people joined to reach the number of 10 people. But Groovy Nations, it is far from being only focused on Funk music. Indeed, we adapted our music to our members, based on our various backgrounds.
3. Groovy Nations, it’s a mixed music with various influences like reggae, soul or latino music expressed in five different languages (French, English, Créole, Kabyle, and Spanish). When most artists would stick to a specific music genre, why did you make the risky decision to exactly do the opposite?
While composing our songs during the first nine months of the project, we wanted to be faithful on a musical level. Words like “diversity”, “freedom”, “journey”, “energy”, “sharing” became our motto. It was only natural for us to choose to create a plural music. We aim to be authentic, to think out of the box. This difference is our own little treasure. We have faith in it and that’s all what matters !
4. Do you find it harder or easier to compose when your music is so eclectic?
With time, we achieved to create a real human and musical complicity. Most of our compositions start with an improvised jam session. It’s all about spontaneity and sensitivity. We let it go for a while and it becomes the roots of our music.
5. You took part in many music festivals and got the chance to appear on television during the “France ô Folies” festival. How did this event change your career as a band? What is the next step?
We keep a very good memory of this first media experience that allowed the public to know more about us and to have some credibility through the eyes of the professionals in the music industry.
Groovy Nations, Connecting People !
6. You recently released your album “Don’t Stop Movin’” on Jamendo. We find again this “groove”, this “joy” expressed through your music that makes us want to dance, but what are your songs really talking about? What are the main themes of this album?
With our first album we wanted to share with the public our vision of human values on a daily basis : respect, unity, friendship, solidarity, love, spirituality, hope and happiness.
7. You chose to offer your music for free download under Creative Commons licenses. Why did you make this decision? Do you think it is important nowadays to share music more freely?
Being an emerging band, it was important for us to quickly become more notorious and giving away our first album for free was an essential part of the process. We think that, nowadays, music needs to be more accessible to the public so that fans will want to come to the concerts. That’s what keep us going!
8. Is there a fun fact about you that your fans would be surprised to hear?
As our drummer usually says (but also a famous phone brand) : “Groovy Nations, Connecting People!”