NAS 10 Questions with Water Rise
This time, we get to know Water Rise, AKA Arnaud Legrand, a multi-inst
umentalist and rock artist based in France.
"Why Water Rise? I like this name because it has a lot of meaning. - First of all because our planet earth is not in good shape and it's not going to get any better. I'm worried about the legacy we'll leave to our children. With all the climate changes we are currently experiencing, it is obvious to me to support this cause. - Then I like the idea of an unstoppable rock band, a bit like water that you can't stop when it gushes. When I compose, it's a bit in this state of mind that I find myself, the ideas flow and I can't stop it."
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1. Tell us a little about where you are from and what you are currently doing.
My name is Arnaud Legrand. I'm at the origin of the project because all the compositions are mine
and I drive this project alone. Originally I'm just a simple bass player but I love singing with guitar and I became passionate about MAO 2 years ago.
Roughly for all the tracks, I play bass, electric and acoustic rhythm guitars, piano and synth, and sometimes vocals 😉
I also compose the drums on the EZdrummer software.
I don't hesitate to invite guests to my songs (vocals, lead solo guitar, drums, etc...)
I come from Paris, France and I am now 33 years old.
I'm married with 2 children and I estimate construction projects in my job.
I'm currently composing/finding images and promotions for my project. I started sharing my project "Water Rise" in September 2021 on Spotify and youtube.
I found myself unemployed for a few days after the COVID episode and needed to keep myself busy so I started composing again. My main goal was to finish the old compositions that I had been carrying around for 10 years.
Water Rise in a few words:
A musician who doesn't hesitate to collaborate with other artists to give you the best of him.
More precisely a bassist/guitarist attached to percussive bass/drums combos and who fleshes out around them with a multitude of instruments.
2. What inspired you to start playing and making music?
I started music a bit by chance when I was 17 in high school to keep myself busy.
I started with folk guitar and then I became a bass player for an alternative rock band.
After that I must admit that it all happened quite quickly when I was offered a place as a bass player in the band "Fiddle". We started with a few concerts, several EPs, springboards, and finally a self-produced album followed by a self-produced tour at our own expense.
A great experience with almost 100 concerts and separation at the end of high school.
Since then I have continued my studies while being a bass player in a number of bands, mainly rock bands, until today.
I'm lucky enough to have become a father since then, so I stopped playing concerts for a while to devote myself to my compositions and share them with as many people as possible.
𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?
I have a lot of influences with a particular preference for English rock. When I visit England and although I am not bilingual, I am "like a fish in water" 😃.
My childhood was rocked by The Beatles and so quite spontaneously I would say that Paul McCartney is a great source of inspiration for me.
4. What are your goals in the music industry?
My goal is to share my consuming passion for music and pass it on.
Music brings me so much that I'm looking to meet other passionate people like me to exchange.
I am also looking to learn all I can as an independent artist.
Today I compose alone, I involve a lot of talented people on some of my tracks. I have acquired a lot of knowledge in mixing/mastering/photo and video editing/promotion and still want to learn more.
Finally I would say that one of my goals is to gain visibility and develop my fanbase to produce more and more music.
And if perchance that can round off my income, I won't say no, either 🍺
5. Tell us about your creative process when you make new music.
I don't have a miracle recipe when I compose, I only do what I like according to my mood.
I like the idea of not being locked into one style and always have the possibility to explore new styles.
But I often start with a guitar or a solid bass/drum combo. And then the melodies come to me quite spontaneously. I add instruments around it, perfect the structure, and ask myself if I want vocals on the track. If I do, I save some space and think about a melody.
When I'm composing I don't hold back, I try a lot of things, and then once I've explored all the avenues I look for coherence and only keep what I want.
I usually write lyrics either at the beginning if I start with a guitar/vocals base or at the end when I have finished all the instruments.
I sometimes find talented artists to help me finish these songs (vocals, lyrics, or instruments)
I like the idea of introducing new talent from all over the world to my fans.
6. What is your all-time favorite song?
HappinessHappiness is the warm gun - THE BEATLES cause I love the mood of this piece. I think this song is very psychedelic but so rich in vocals, in emotion, in influences. The evolution of the song is great and I can't get enough of it
7. What is the best advice or council you have either given or received in terms of music?
Do what you like, not what you are asked to do to please.
The most important thing is to believe in yourself and to give it your all.
The life of an artist is made up of small victories
8. Proudest accomplishment?
I would say my first EP of "Water Rise" because there are - 2 of my compositions that I've been carrying around for 10 years with great guests who made it sublime
- 2 other 100% solo tracks where I even sing, even though it's not my specialty
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Etienne PELOSOFF who mixed and mastered this 4-track EP in a great way!
9. What is something about you that might surprise someone who knows you the best?
I'm a shy person by nature, but I have an unbounded passion for music, so I can be very talkative and a bit over the top.
Don't hesitate to stop me when I go too far!
𝟭0. Tell us about your highest and lowest points in music so far.
I would say that the concerts and studio sessions are great memories.
The downside is that I get a little too involved in music on a daily basis.
It's a lot of energy and time.
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