L.O. (Hello) was born in Mûres, a Haut-Savoyard French Alps village perched at the foot of the mountain Semnoz (altitude 1 704 m) near Annecy and its pure lake. It was one day in 2013, in the musical complicity of Bruno Arts and his daughter Margot, that the idea of a father/daughter duo arose.
Bruno Arts, author, composer, performer, arranger and lead guitarist and his daughter, rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, launches the musical adventure of L.O. - Liberté Obligatoire (Obligatory Liberty) - around the repertoire of Bruno's songs, written over time since 1984.
Already in 2012, with the album Sugar Bonbon, Bruno Arts had co-signed a musical melting pot by mixing his Anglo-Saxon Rock/Folk/Blues culture with the musical colours of West Africa of his Ivorian friend Édouard Guêt with which he founded the band √4 (Racine de 4) . Together, they achieved the perfect harmony between Bruno's strong riffs, sweet ritornellos, effective gimmicks, and Guêt's very African melodies and rhythms. Sugar Bonbon had a good success across the Channel where it exceeded 500,000 plays.
On October 25, 2013, Margot and Bruno give a first and unique duo concert in Seynod, in a small hall. The vagaries of life and the death of Pascale, wife of Bruno and mother of Margot will put the L.O. project on hold until the fall of 2020. The first confinement and the need to pay tribute to Pascale revive the need for music. Margot and Bruno bring their guitars out of their long lethargy.
During summer, Bruno decides to record Song for Pascale, a song written in 2018. The prerequisite is to transcribe the guitar accompaniment so that Margot can learn it and play it. A day of October 2020, Bruno talks about it to his great friend William Garcin, solo violinist, music theory and chamber music teacher at the Grenoble Conservatory. William immediately brings him his experience. In November, Bruno and William made, in Mûres William's home studio, the first recordings of the song (violin, Hammond organ, vocals). From there was born in Bruno's mind the idea of making a first album with the whole songs he has written over the years since 1984. Margot and William are immediately enthusiastic about this idea and the work of transcription of the whole guitar parts composed by Bruno begin. William is naturally integrated into the group as violinist, keyboardist and transcriptionist.
Bruno then talks about his project to his bassist friend Éric Bailles who immediately joins the ranks of L.O..
On this late 2020, the group's line-up is therefore composed of Margot, rhythm guitar/keyboards, William, violin/keyboards, Éric, bass/double bass and Bruno, vocals and lead guitar.
2021, from February until the beginning of July, Margot and Bruno go regularly to Aix-les-Bains, to studio of Thibaud Guichardan, sound engineer, for the recording of the whole guitar parts of all the songs. Then, at the beginning of August, at home, in their own home studio, they start to record the lead vocal parts of the songs; Margot at the controls and Bruno behind the microphones. In the same time, both are looking for a drummer. On September 6, after a meeting with Bruno, Jérémie Maxit, drummer and percussionist, joined the rhythm section of the band and thus completed the L.O.'s line-up.
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