Hector Bizerk continue their French Connection
Posted by Neil Wilson
Having claimed Scotland as their own, Glasgow’s Hector Bizerk have always had one eye on the wider picture. They’ve made their mark on Austin, Texas, represented in New York, and regularly toured on the European continent. Next up is favoured stomping ground France, as the band celebrate being pre-selected for the Midem Artist Accelerator.
Taking place Cannes, France in May 2016, Midem is one of the foremost music industry festival conventions. With currently 60 pre-selected bands from a over the world, a respected panel of judges will whittle the numbers down to 12, who will showcase at the main event.
It is a huge coup for the band who have been touring in France regularly, finding a passion for their music amongst the French gig-going public. Drummer Audrey Tait believes that playing Transmusicalles in Rennes last December really opened up a whole new market for the band’s music. She told us “I think our last album had lots of influence from Parisian history and that has inadvertently opened up new doors for us in France. It would be brilliant to tour [new album] The Second City of The Empire there. It’s a whole album of festival anthems. People will react to the songs where ever you are in the world if you play with the passion and enthusiasm that audiences want.”
That sentiment is echoed throughout the band with synth percussionist David Calder agreeing. “France has been very good to us in recent times and it’s a pleasure to be pre-selected. If we get to showcase at Midem it will give us a whole new level of interest in what we do in that territory.”
Hector Bizerk have always pushed boundaries, and aimed high, fuelled by their belief that their music talks louder than their accents. Frontman Louie commented, “Music is a universal language and wherever we play in the world we seem to be able to get our message across. Everybody knows it’s nothing but hip hop.” Noting the scale of the pre-selection and what it could mean for the band he adds “I’ve always wanted to go to Midem. It’s a prestigious festival and we can use it as a launchpad for our new record. If we get the nod then I will need to get even more Glaswegian in order make sure the French audiences learn the lingo!”
Hector Bizerk are about to release their fourth album The Second City of The Empire, their fourth in three years, on Walk Tall Recordings. The album launch party is at Glasgow School of Art on 22nd April with tickets available here.