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Saturday, 22 September 2012

About me, a bio

About me

Thibault de Robillard, age 46, born in France but resident in Mauritius, guitarist for 30 years, self-taught sound engineer, occasional rock guitar teacher ... All as an amateur, as my profession is sub-editor in a newspaper.

Regarding music and guitar, I'm primarily a fan of rock and metal, from hard rock of the 70s to today’s mainstream rock and metal. The list of my favorite bands is very long. It started with Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, UFO, Blue Oyster Cult, Van Halen, Rush, then there were the big eighties metal acts (Iron Maiden, and others), nineties thrash bands (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Sepultura, Coroner, Mekong Delta...). I've also always been a big progressive rock and progressive metal fan (Rush, Yes, Pink Floyd, IQ, Marillion, Porcupine Tree, Fates Warning, Queensryche, Dream Theater ...). My favorite artists of recent years are Porcupine Tree, Oceansize, Dream Theater, Devin Townsend, Ark, Marillion, Between the Buried and Me...

My favorite guitarists are currently Guthrie Govan, Andy Timmons, Ty Tabor, Ron Thal, Nuno Bettencourt, Brett Garsed, Chris Poland, Richie Kotzen ... Over the years I've appreciated the work of Richie Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Jimmy Page, Frank Zappa, Nono (of the French band Trust), Randy Rhoads, Buck Dharma, Ted Nugent, Michael Schenker, Jeff Beck, Frank Marino, Uli Jon Roth, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour , Allan Holdsworth, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Rory Gallagher, Brian Robertson, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Gary Moore, Adrian Smith, Michael Lee Firkins, Jan Cyrka, Jason Becker, Kee Marcello, Greg Howe, Tommy T . Baron, Michael Romeo, Devin Townsend, Scott Henderson, Shawn Lane, John Petrucci, Blues Saraceno, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Edge, Tore Otsby, Jon Finn, Carl Verheyen, Marco Sfogli, Buckethead, Alex Skolnick, Steve Morse, Eric Johnson, Marty Friedman, Mike Keneally, Paul Gilbert, Matthias Eklundh, Robben Ford, Derek Trucks, Joe Bonamassa, Tommy Emmanuel ...

In my musical career, my main group was feedback (
1987-1998 and 2007-2008, the group is currently inactive), who released a cassette, "Poison or cure", in 1991, and a CD, "A Moment of Transition", in 2009 (reviews here: , ). I released a solo album, "TDR Project" in 1993 ( ) ; these are songs I recorded on an 8 track tape machine, playing all instruments (including programming a drum machine etc.) in my home studio in 1993, with limited means, so the sound is not up to date with today’s standards. I also played / collaborated with many musicians in Mauritius in other genres than rock, such as Kaya (Racinetatane), Tian Corentin, Natir, Street Brothers, Lynley Marthe, Neshen Teeroovengadum, Gerard Bacorilall and many others. I was also the second guitarist of a metal band from Reunion island, Nazca (Reunion is 25 minutes from Mauritius by plane). Other collaborations with foreign artists include guest guitar solos for Fabien "ADN" Labonde (France), Private Pepper (France) or Conquest for Death (USA) ; extracts are available on my Youtube profile ( ). I currently play in two cover bands, Metropolis (classic and mainstream rock) , who performs regularly at the Z Club in Grand Bay, and Perfect Strangers (classic rock).

As a sound engineer I recorded / mixed numerous albums, in Cassiya’s studio, in my own or elsewhere. I sometimes record demos for local rock bands, or mix/master recordings made in other local studios. As an avid guitarist and guitar buff, I am active in some foreign forums dedicated to music and the guitar. I also worked voluntarily in French fanzine "Your Majesty", dedicated to Dream Theater, and covered Dream Theater's concert in Singapore for them.

Some songs of Feedback are available on the group's myspace page at (
but these are old mixes, prior to the final versions of the CD released in 2009). The album was recorded before I bought the Axe Fx, so for my guitar sounds I used a Marshall Valvestate amplifier and Amplitube 2. Here's a lick from the song "Cursed" :

Two videos from our "A moment of transition" album : 
The Quest :

Until tomorrow :

That was for the local television. Unfortunately the TV guys came with only one camera and asked us to play in playback, and the editing is sometimes really terrible, with bad audio/video sync, specially for the close-ups on the drummer.

Another one, live version of "priceless innocence" :

From the same show :

This one was recorded in Reunion island in 1998 :

Reunion island again, this time in 1994 :

And the older Feedback video I could find, a Rush cover, from 1988 :

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