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Neuville warms up chilly winter music festival

By : InKunming | Published: 2013-December-23

Neuville, the only foreign band on the 500 KM music festival, rehearses in their 33 square meters' studio on Gulou Road, Kunming. (Photo/ Lynn) 

The 500 Kilometers City Music Festival will be held at the World Horticultural Expo Garden (昆明世界园艺博览园) on Christmas eve this year. Ten bands will play on the festival and Neuville is the only foreign band.

Neuville, consisting of Eddy Kneefel (Netherlands) on vocals and guitar, Franck Bourjini (France) on keyboard, Martin (Germany) on drums, and Janis Selis (Latvia) on bass, will open the festival.

Lynn, a reporter from InKunming met with Eddy, Martin and Franck at their studio on the Gulou Road on the evening of December 17. The band has been introduced by the festival organizers as European, but actually their main development has been in China, especially in Kunming.

Eddy lives in the city for 5 years. Franck has joined him here 2 years ago. Martin is only here for 3 months, and has been very occupied with music rehearsals once he joined the band.

"We were sincerely happy and surprised when they called and invited us to join ." When talking about this opportunity, they modestly replied and said that it was a kind of lucky. The three members have devoted themselves to music, as they do not have any other jobs except playing shows.

"We practice at the studio and share the building with local bands and sometimes we perform with them for Kunming audiences."

December is a lucky month for Eddy, for the band was established on December 12 one year ago and will now play on the 500 KM festival. Actually, he played at the festival before in 2010. Both Eddy and Franck have attended many other festivals in Guiyang, Lijiang and Xishuangbanna, which enriched their experiences as well as their confidence.

On a poster from the festival the band is introduced using words such as alternative and "dark horse" which means an unexpected nominee. Eddy said there are many good bands around them, but our concept is very clear and that allows Chinese companies to work with them in a very pleasant way. A band whose songs are easy to pick up and who are serious with their job. Their lives are teemed with musical elements. When they are not at the studio they sit and talk about arrangement of songs.

The newcomer Martin said that the band plays grunge rock, independent music. He hopes that he can play hard beats to this rock festival.

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