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Eddy Kneefel: creating a musical niche in Kunming

By : InKunming | Published: 2013-July-8

Eddy Kneefel on stage [Provided to InKunming]

Dutch-born, Eddy Kneefel, a recognized singer on the music scene in Kunming supports himself as a guitarist and songwriter. Content he is with the life in this city, 'cus it allows him to express his feelings freely and to develop his musical career at his own pace.

On a sunny afternoon in April we sat at Salvador’s. Eddy expressed his joy for music. He debuted on the stage at 8 years old and made his first record at 13. His brothers were in a band, so he always wanted to be part of them and grew up listening to their songs and going to their shows. "We were truly a musical family and I got to stand on the first row from the very beginning."

"Music is like a little niche to me wherein I can create my own special feelings. It’s my ever dream to be surrounded by it, because I can come closer to myself." For the past 5 years in Kunming he has taken the incredible opportunity to work as a musician. He has written songs and played many concerts.

Sea Loving Mammals was his first band in Kunming, starting from 2010 and breaking up two years later. Admittedly, it was hard to go through the split, but he never gave up on the power of rock music. After a short hiatus he found a few other musicians and started a new chapter. Neuville was established in December, 2012. Now six months later it seems that the band has found their core members. Besides Eddy, the band consists of pianist Franck Bourjini from France, on bass Janis Selis from Latvia and on drums Gary Giss from America.

The band experiments with a new sound and crafts some of his previous songs into different styles. For Eddy this is interesting, because a song is never finished. Like a painter he picks up the pen and paints with words. Once they were in a rehearsal and the drummer added an alternative beat which became essential to the song. It gave its character "We can always put something new into it. This is our freedom of expression. Though one is always bound to work with melody and structure. But within this form one can still explore different sides."

 Neuville in concert [Provided to InKunming]

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