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*** CANT HOST ALL JULY / AUGUST as I'll be touring / travelling from San Sebastian to Saint Petersbourg ***
Create a European network of help between independent singer/songwriters so if you are one or know any interesting contacts / artists / live music organiziers / cool local independent festivals, please let me know !
Moved out about 35 times (? I lost count), like to travel the world whenever I can cuz I fell in love with Paris in 2000 and it's like I've been married to this damn city for 18 years. We have our ups and downs, loving the overall feeling that almost anything is possible here, or hating some of her old habits and flaws, but well... When I end up a good night out with the sun rising, having breakfast with people I met a few hours earlier, I remember it's a pretty cool place.
About my life in general :
I spend most of my time doing nothing... I mean, thinking. I try to have deep original thoughts and stuffs. It doesn't work so much. But when it does work, I write those thoughts and try to turn them into folk-rock songs or a novel I've been trying to write for like 30 years. I also organize concerts / events for other artists now that I'm getting old. But most of the time, you'll just find me drinking wine or playing music in my favorite parisian spots, with people who can share good stories, drinking contests, or some good old stinky cheese.
My fantasy when I was young was to live one year in every major cities of the world. But I loved Paris instantly and settled here when I was 20, as if I had always belonged here. So I try to travel to major cities as much as I can, not being too much of a regular tourist but just trying to see how people live there and rock (or mess up) their lives.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I can take you to the best bars / spots in Paris from 9 PM to 9 AM if you can handle it (but I know you can't, pussies). But if you're not even willing to try, then I'm not the host for you.
Paris can be a lot more than a live museum, it's a brillant city full of possibilities and very different kind of people... So if your idea is to spend 3 days walking everywhere from 9 am to 9 pm cuz you want to "see everything", then you'll be too tired to see the real city and people I could show you at nights... To me, both parts should be equally important to a guest so I will only host people who want to discover that balance between the city by day and the city by night. But I'm not talking about clubs though, they're usually too poshy and boring for me.
Hosted tons of people in Paris and then I come squatting their place whenever life takes me to Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest or Amsterdam (my 5 favorite european spots), or sometimes London (but I never found the fun after parties there booooooh !). Also surfed (and did home exchange actually) in Hong Kong, Bangkok, had tons of different experiences in San Francisco (CS parties, CS hiking & camping, jams with Csers, went to a burlesque class in a sexshop with a Cser, etc...), visited some old guests while travelling or touring in Dublin, Milan, Florence, Roma, Napoli, Zagreb, Bratislava, Krakow, Warsaw, Kiev, Vilnius, Riga, Istanbul... I also organize some CS live music / jam session meetings every tuesdays & thursdays in Paris.
Music, writting, travelling, drinking, breakfasts after a long night out... Did I have to mention that again ? Oh, maybe I should talk about my favorite drinks then ? Long island ice tea is number one, but you can also have me with some good white or red wine. Even shitty wine if I don't have a choice. As long as you NEVER offer me beer. NEVEEEEEEEEEEEEER ! (Well, that's not true anymore, I reconciled myself with beer last year after a 20 years boycott...)
- live music
- social entrepreneurship
- music entrepreneurship
Music, Movies, and Books
5 artists : Serge Gainsbourg, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Damien Rice (cuz a rock singer also have feelings you know).
5 movies : One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Apocalypse now, The boat the rocked, Amadeus, Once (yeah, sometimes I'm just a pussy too)
5 writers : Aldous Huxley, Mikhail Boulgakov, Philip K. Dick, Samuel Benchetrit, Mathias Malzieu. (I'm pretty tempted to add Hank Moody ?!)
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Learning how to say cheers in 51 languages. My rule is to add a language to my collection when I can actually drink and cheer with the local who teaches it to me. So that includes a LOT of bar meetings, a few bar fights, tons of crazy stories, some pretty wild ex-girlfriends, one missed plane to Prague (cuz of a wild ex "girlfriend"), a half dozen angry bosses from when I used to have "real jobs" (or weird faces from my employees when I used to be the boss), one missed plane from San Francisco, losing 7 credits cards, 3 IDs and 4 house keys in 6 months, waking up in places I had never seen before, waking up my CS guests while getting back home drunk at 10 am, getting engaged to an italian girl after one discussion, driving from San Francisco to Las Vegas to get married to an australian girl I met a few hours before, spending a week in the middle of Ireland with druids to write songs, spitting out a glass of Slivovice through my nose in front of Glen Hensard (and flirting with Marketa Irglova's sister who was taking care of me for a couple of hours after that), stripping on national television, writting a whole album in one night in Budapest then lose the notepad where I wrote it the week after in Greece... Oh, and I also lost 15 millions euros once. One is partly fake, will you find which one ? (And that's actually the mandatory third question you have to answer when you contact me, to avoid the lazy bastards who don't read profiles :p)
Teach, Learn, Share
Well, I can teach you how to say "cheers" in 51 languages :)
Also a few writing / songwriting tricks and how to overcome a writer's block as I had a big one for about 6 years.
How to organise gigs / jam sessions / open mics / concerts - house concerts / tours around Europe.
How to explore or reconnect with your brain & emotions and how to express yourself.
Maybe some singing or guitar, but I'm not very patient when it comes to that.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Wine, stories, music... Sometimes some deep thoughts, but I wouldn't count too much on that.
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Suriname, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, United States