B i o g r a p h y
Born in 1980 in the south of France, Jolly Roger started learning piano with his aunt at the age of 6, followed by cello 3 years later. In 1993 he began playing in a classical orchestra around the south of France.
He discovered hard rock music by chance when he was 12 years old, with albums from Metallica and Scorpions followed by classics like Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Guns n Roses,... Soon he started to learn electric guitar on his own, founding early school bands and recording instrumental songs in his bedroom under the name of "Eerie".
What I love with electric guitar is the infinite moods you can create through it: from the heavy riffs of Death Metal to the languishing solos of 80's hard rock bands.
In 2010, coming back to electric guitars after a few years of inactivity due to his studies and early job career as a trader, Jolly bought a Jackson Rhandy Rhoads USA guitar and started his solo project called "Jolly Roger" which became over time the name under which he would perform on stage... He also took lessons with renowned french guitarist Thibault Abrial.
In 2011 he released a first demo album self-titled "Jolly Roger" and featuring instrumental songs in the style of his guitar idols: Joe Satriani, Tony Macalpine, Gary Moore, Steve Vai, Vinnie Moore,...
In 2012 Jolly Roger released an EP called "Dark Side of the Flag" with some new instrumental tracks including some spanish influences and even R&B rythms! He also started performing his music on stage in bars as well as in the parisian subway.
In September 2012, Jolly co-founded with glam-rock singer Ricky Adams the cover band "Silver Skulls Cadillac".
In 2013, Jolly Roger began giving private electric guitar lessons.
In September, he joined the band Sweetcover as lead guitarist and started touring around Paris.
Since April 2014, Jolly Roger is playing on his own signature model, "Black Sail 6", designed and created by Nugz Blacky Custom Guitars.
From june 2015 until june 2016, Jolly Roger joined singer Blake Diamond as lead guitarist for the rock band Blake Diamond and the Pearls. They toured around Paris for the band's first record: "Get What You Deserve" released in February 2016.
Since september 2016, Jolly Roger lives in Amsterdam.
In April 2017, Lunatic Power "In the Beginning..." was released and distributed by Brennus Music. The album received very good reviews from the music press and the band played live for the first time @ Le Barde Atomique in Ecquevilly (France) on the 4th of november 2017.
In January 2018, Jolly Roger joined the french hard rock band Dygitals.