Black Mir­rors Grooves and good vibes from Bel­gium’s funki­est rock­ers

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

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

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