Les Vignatis – Music Connection Magazine

Gypsy duo the Vignatis (Fabrice Vignati and Tracy Vignati) formed in Los Angeles in 2009 with a mission to “stay true to our respective roots/horizons and create music that uplifts people’s states of life with positive messages”.

The term “Gypsybilly” comes from their roots: “Being native French, gypsy jazz/gypsy music is part of the European musical mosaic,” said Fabrice. “My dad introduced me to 1950s rockabilly and my brother introduced me to rock and blues. When Tracy and I met, we created Gypsybilly. Our blend of the four genres that make up Gypsybilly works great for guitar. We let’s incorporate a few tricks here and there, for example, the acoustic rhythm guitar implements a technique we call “the reverse pump”.

Meanwhile, Tracy comes from a jazz background thanks to her singer mom.

“I also grew up half my childhood in Georgia around country music, so it goes into your DNA,” she said. “I sang any country song I could get my hands on. I also played clarinet in a marching band and symphony marching band in middle school and high school, which later went on to create the Gypsybilly sound. , especially when I use guitar effects. Gypsybilly is a mix of the four styles of French gypsy jazz, rockabilly, jazz and country. It’s a pot-o-fun!

The Vignatis are a real DIY group but not necessarily by choice.

“[DIY] ranges from creative vision, recording, artwork, distribution, concert booking, promotion, and more. they say. “It’s definitely not our preference. It seems that now labels, managers, etc. want things settled before they do anything. It’s a huge undertaking for the default independent artist. However, you retain the ever-important creative control. Sometimes managing everything is too high a price to pay. Help is welcome. We have to meet the right label, manager, etc. who can understand what we do and build a strong team. We are far too creative and hardworking not to be on the “right” list.

With this work ethic in mind, the band’s fifth album has just been released, naturally titled Gypsybilly Vol. 5sees them picking up covers.

“Covers can help others connect with your music by sharing something they already know while paying homage to the great inspirations who came before us. We’ve worked very hard to do these songs justice in our own unique way and hope we made it.

For more information, visit thevignatis.com

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