Black Mirrors Grooves and good vibes from Belgium’s funkiest rockers
Channelling Janis Joplin, Jack White and Queens Of The Stone Age, Black Mirrors are a groove-powered rock machine from Belgium fronted by the mighty lungs of Marcella Di Troia. The band released their debut EP FunkyQueen back in March, then recruited drummer Pierrick Destrebecq to help them take their blues-drenched, stoner-rock riffs out on the road. It’s a gig that requires a deep pocket and plenty of power, qualities that Destrebecq has in spades. Not bad for someone who started out as a violinist…
How did you learn to play?
“I was playing violin from six to 12 years old, then at 12 I had to choose a second instrument. Thereafter I quit violin for drums. I started to teach myself, playing and jamming with friends, we played hardcore stuff at that time, and I took some lessons with private teachers. At 18 I went to Jazz Studio Antwerpen to learn jazz music, while I was also playing with metal bands. Then at 25 I started to play in rock and pop bands, working more and more in recording sessions for a wide range of music styles from pop, hip-hop, punk to jazz.”
How did you join Black Mirrors?
“I met Marcella [De Troia, Black Mirrors vocalist] when we were teaching rock music classes, then she asked me if I was up for replacing their former drummer for several gigs. That was two to three years ago and now I just quit a project and some collaborations in France with Mat Bastard, ex-Skip The Use, and have plenty of time to be the full-time drummer.”
How would you describe the band’s sound to someone who hasn’t heard you?
“Low tempos, real badass guitar, a smart-ass bass player who grooves like hell. Marcella has an incredible dynamic voice and vocal lines, all inspired by a wide range of influences from stoner rock to Indian music.”
What do you want your drums to sound like on stage?
“Fat with a good mid-lower bass range, when possible I use side monitors for the bass, and I check the tuning of all the shells before the show. When I’m playing with modern pop/electro bands with laptop, pads and a click, I use my in-ears.”
Are there plans for the debut album?
“We are rehearsing for pre-production and finalising a few songs, then we will probably work with a producer to record a full album.”
How does playing live compare to the studio?
“They’re not the same job for me. When playing live like a badass you have to stay tough – I mean for endurance. Playing a gig is just two hours of your day, max, you are prepared for this with the band and there is a lot of time spent on the road. In the studio, you try new sounds and experimentations, and many ways to capture the sounds and you don’t know necessarily the songs you will perform during the session.”
Pierrick Destrebecq with Belgian stoner-rock outfit Black Mirrors