Instrument: WAB – vocal, Pompon – Bass, Ghis Rivera – Drums, Frank Souriant – Rhodes, Matthieu Royer – Guitar.
Genre: Pop, funk
Hometown: Toulouse, France.
Habib Julien, the voice artist that will be later better known as WAB, was born surrounded by music so it was just a natural step to first learn the piano, then the drums, then jazz… until he became a music teacher himself.
He was a pioneer at a time when beat boxing was almost unheard of in France. In the late 90s, one of his first projects was WABYMAD, where he shared a stage with Mady Keita with just their voices, two microphones and a looping machine. And… boy! People danced like hell!
In 2000 he gave his first solo a cappella concert and released the EP Welcome Into My Mind, a rather introspective process exploring the possibilities of his multi-tone voice, and a fantastic vocal performance.
His album Transfunk Express was released in 2010. His latest work is the EP Micro Groove with four tracks.
The sound of WAB And The Funky Machine is pretty unique. The secret? Vocals are not treated as an extra task to be added after composing. Instead, voice and lyrics are central elements and the music is composed around them.
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