Julien Ribot

Julien Ribot


Julien Ribot has always loved both music and image. At the end of the nineties he was a professional illustrator. He had always composed from his early years on for his own pleasure and out of a natural need related to his being a man of many ideas…

The triggering event was the meeting with a Japanese pop star seeking new songs for her new LP. He wrote her two songs and met a few people in the small French pop world. As the buzz around his mysterious personality increased, Julien Ribot gave up his job in order to devote himself entirely to music. He released his first LP Hôtel Bocchi at the end of 2001. On top of having Françoiz Breut’s participation, he was surrounded on some tracks by Dionysos or Katrine, who helped him enjoy a pleasant succès d’estime.

As a pianist and a singer he has been influenced (among others) by Mike Garson (one of Bowie’s musicians) and Gérard Jouannest (who worked with French singer Jacques Brel). He also drew his inspiration for his second LP from graphic worlds belonging to David Lynch, Roland Topor or Tim Burton. It was called La Métamorphose de Caspar Dix and came out in 2004. This album proved his ability to build a rich and sophisticated world around a dreamlike story served by sensitive and creative pop music.

He is back today with VEGA, a record he wrote between Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Rome and Florence...
Without being a concept album, this new release is fully coherent and builds up again a subtle and captivating atmosphere. The artist describes a quest for identity and inner peace throughout the fourteen tracks of the LP which stand for joyful or sad – but always edifying - personal experiences.

His most personal record was made with a new team of musicians and here Ribot stands out as a solo artist able to create a world of his own. The recording of this album provoked some enriching experiences like the recording of the strings in London or the meeting with Mieko Miyazaki, who has fallen in love with Julien’s project. She is one of the most popular koto players worldwide and her instrument enlightens Le rêve de Tokyo. To finish, the presence of Julien Ribot’s partner in life, Annabelle, should also be underlined. She cosigns two titles (La nuit and Les jardins de Boboli) and sings them in duet.

No one is as talented as Julien Ribot is when it comes to creating original worlds, yet he uses very simple ideas. La chambre renversée is a good example of his inspiration. An artist (Daniel Spoerri) who covers tables with every day objects before sticking them on the wall pleased Julien to the utmost. He saw in it an inversion of perspective which can be summed up as follows: everything is possible in the imagination! A rather naïve idea that the artist claims. Julien Ribot is a cunning composer who wrote a heady gimmick of flute creating something close to the sound of fanfare in the listener’s ear and which plays a major role in making this first single a charming and efficient one. As far as the lyrics are concerned, without getting into any of the details of the simple poetry of La chambre renversée, it must be said that the “top of the great alphabet” where the bedroom happens to land on is directly inspired by The Alphabet, David Lynch’s first short length film, which is a sort of painting that comes to life that fascinates Julien Ribot. By the way, he is currently using his own talent as a graphic artist in order to illustrate this song with an animated video clip made with his own drawings. It will soon enable us to see Julien Ribot’s special talent for twisting ideas and perspectives so as to create a matchless universe.


Press quotes




This Hôtel Bocchi deserves the stage in full board'' (Les Inrockp)

''This disc reveals good surprises'' (Libération)

''This disc should convince the last sceptics'' (Abus dangereux)

''A disc that warms the heart'' 491)

''quality songs'' (Start'up)

''A real talent, a real personality'' (Aden)

''Hôtel Bocchi appears as a construction whose sound and complex architecture is very well controled'' (Magic)

''Hôtel Bocchni is an artistic creation'' (Compact)

''A first fun album (…) with a very personal sound touch'' (Les Inrock)

''Each floor of this hotel hides well surprises'' (MCM)

''Hôtel Bocchi is a success and marks the birth of a new talent, we do no doubt to see him growing up'' (Chronic'art)

''See you in the Hôtel Bocchi, with this super talented musician who masters sounds, the writing but also the image'' (Infoconcert.com)






''With this third album, that seems to fall from another planet, Julien Ribot improves his vaporous and incisive style'' (FFF/TELERAMA)

''A recognized pop musician whose beautiful songs appear as a waking dream'' (LES INROCKUPTIBLES- A paraître)

''Sensitive, melodic, this unidentified universe awakens the extraterrestrial that dozes in us'' (FRANCOFANS)

''A personal and coherent artistic universe'' (MAGIC)

''Julien Ribot, rejetcs all verisimilitude and invites you to let your body being rocked by his poetic and beautiful songs'' (START UP)

''Beautiful and complete album for an artist not far from the consecration'' (OPEN MAG)

''With the album Vega, we really touch the stars, and even the five, our best palmares for years'' (NICE MATIN/ NICE)

''An harmonious and very sophisticated pop'' (L'UNION – L'ARDENAIS-CHARLEVILLE)

''His songs will lead to lands you are not going to forget''(LANOUVELLE REPUBLIQUE/TOURS)

''Julien Ribot combines on the one hand music and romance and one the other hand classicism and audacity'' (MIDI LIBRE MONTPELLIER)

''From the album Vega emanates a powerful charm'' (SPIRIT BORDEAU)

''His songs are sparkling, pop, fascinating and with real colors, a soul and feelings'' (CAFZIC / MONT DE MARSAN)

''Very fascinating songs that by listening them bring some freshness and allows to Julien Ribot to be among our favorites in 2008. (I MUZZIK)

''One of the most rising composers of the French young generation. (PINKUSHION)

''A valued artist because, very scare and generous'' (VOXPOP)

''He deserves to be acclaimed'' (M-LA-MUSIQUE)

''Perfect production, high quality composition'' (GONZAÏ)

''An authentic and melodic album, an engaging and attractive artist'' (FROGGY'S DELIGHT)

''Julien redefined his pop music, full of stunning charm, poetic sound touch in order to brush it by dreams'' (THE FRENCH TOUCH)

''A little poetry in this brutal world'' (SHOT ACTU)

''A captivating and subtle universe'' (ROCK N FRANCE)

''A beautiful album we hope will find an audience worthy of its ambitions'' (ZICAZIC)

''Julien Ribot succeeded an album concept thanks to his pop and fascinating dimension and his very personal finery'' (FOUTRAQUE).