The ThunderFuzz Story
As with every sound, thunder carries a complex emotion. It is fierce and heavy, scary and mysterious at the same time. Its corresponding image, splitting dark skies with a blinding flash of the lighting, completes a picture which is equally frightening and fascinating.
For Bartek and Camille, the concept of ThunderFuzz is deeply rooted in these emotions. Even though they come from completely different environments, they share similar fascination with dark electronic sounds. She, French, originates from classical musical upbringing, having started piano lessons at the age of 7. He, Polish/Luxembourgish, returned to music after running away from a corporate life and a career of a business analyst. The place where they met for the first time, Luxembourg City, couldn’t have been more random and unexpected. Yet it began a passionate conversation about music, which resulted in a collaboration and then a full album.
The discovery process which led to “Anti Body”, their debut album set for release in November 2022, combined two worlds whose similarities might only be surprising at the first glance. Camille graduated with a master in musicology and a degree in sound design and music composition for the image. Bartek studied music production and sound engineering at the Abbey Road Institute in Amsterdam. However, this distance, not only in the geographical sense of this word, couldn’t have been more of an illusion. The real passion for music knows no barriers or limitations, it is a language in its own right, a way to convey pure emotions.
The seven songs included on “Anti Body” are different facets of the same fascination. For Bartek, it was his love for trip hop which took him on a musical journey of sonic exploration. Camille arrived at the same place following a different path, from classical to psytrance, from traditional world music to IDM and downtempo. In her own words, “if the emotion rises, the music is good, that’s all” – a phrase which could easily be a motto and a mission for ThunderFuzz as a whole.
So, if you would like to know what the “fuzz” is about, you will have to listen to the entire release, out in November 2022. Let it be your soundtrack to the gloomy evenings of rainy autumns and wintery nights.
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Bartek comes from the north-west of Poland.
Born in the city of Szczecin, he develops his passion for music as a child, however leaves this passion largely untouched until his teenage years. At the age of sixteen he listens to the first album by Portishead which ultimately changes his life, and his outlook on music. He starts discovering electronic sounds and alternative artists of the 1990s, from Björk and Massive Attack to Tori Amos and PJ Harvey.
Mind-blown by the abundance of musical approaches, he co-creates his first project with a childhood friend. He starts making beats and developing them into compositions largely by instinct while diving into the world of trip hop, industrial and drum’n’bass. However, a professional career in financial services interrupts this experience for a number of years.
Fast-forward to much later, now living in Luxembourg, Bartek realizes that a work life without music doesn’t make much sense and he decides to follow his dream one more time. He quits work at a financial institution and moves to Amsterdam where he studies music production and sound engineering at the Abbey Road Institute. He starts collaborating with singers to produce new songs, first songs in many years, and he finds his path again.
Starting from 2018, Bartek begins collaborating with a Canadian-British group, Ashes and Dreams, and an independent American artist, TabInStereo. He is also introduced to the Polish music scene with his reworks of two Ania Sama’s songs from her debut album, and a collaboration with Polaczek.
In 2020 he meets Camille and their story as ThunderFuzz starts taking its shape…
Camille comes from south of France, having her roots between Aix-en-Provence and the Southern Alps.
At the age of 7, she starts the piano and discovers at the same time the limitless power of music. Passionate about everything related to music, she joins special music classes in high school: the infinity of repertoires, of composers, the complexity of music history seems just fascinating to her.
Graduated with a master in musicology and a degree in sound design / music composition for the image, Camille starts her career as a music teacher in college, then works at different local radio stations, where she’s impressed by the amazing variety of independent artists, and by the creativity of that community, looking for more exposure, under the radar of the unreachable majors.
Starting from 2009, she collaborates with the directors Céline Gailleurd and Olivier Bohler who entrust her with the composition of the soundtrack for their films. From 2014 to 2016, she travels the roads of Provence and Southern Alps with her friend, poet and singer James Fontaine with whom she forms the duo l’Aller vers.
In 2017, she joins the production team of a famous classical label and meets plenty of artists and conductors. Surrounded by virtuosos, it’s not easy to feel legitimate as a musician… But she loves working for them, and that experience is priceless, continuing to enrich her influences and knowledge.
Suffering from chronic pain in her arms and hands, she realizes that her technical skills unfortunately have their limits. She doesn’t give up and turns to computer music. Her compositions combine naive contemporary piano pieces with electronic sound creations, with Trip-hop, atmospheric and experimental influences. From Classical to Psytrance, from traditional World music to IDM and downtempo, Camille loves music in all its forms, all genres: if the emotion rises, music is good, that’s all!
She meets Bartek in 2020. He convinces her to go back to music and to collaborate. ThunderFuzz is born.
Preview of our new song!
“Reflection (Dans le miroir)” is one of the songs from our debut album which will be out in November. Here is a snippet of a slightly chopped audio. Yes, we’re teasing you and we are loving it! 😉
We are very happy to share with you a preview of “Between Two Nights” from our debut release which will premiere later this year. We hope you will enjoy the fuzzy vibe!