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.
At the age of 12 he had a love at first sight experience with electric guitar when he randomly came across Metallica's "Master of Puppets" and Scorpions' "Animal Magnetism" albums followed by Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Faith No More,... These triggered him to start learning electric guitar on his own. Soon he was founding early school bands and recording instrumental songs in his bedroom under the name of "Eerie".
What I love about electric guitar is the infinite moods it can carry: from heavy riffing to funky rhythms and of course the shredding solos of the 80's
Turning 17, Jolly started studies in mathematics and physics and then went on with a career as an options trader which put on hold every musical project for some time.
In 2008 he resumed playing several hours a day and started a solo project called "Jolly Roger" which would later become his name as a musician. He also took lessons with renowned french guitarist Thibault Abrial.
In 2011 he released a self-produced demo album "Jolly Roger" 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 a self-produced EP called "Dark Side of the Flag" with instrumental tracks including some spanish influences and even R&B rythms! He also started performing his music on stage in bars and 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 started giving private electric guitar lessons.
In September 2013, he joined the hard rock cover band Sweetcover as lead guitarist gigging extensively around Paris.
Early 2014, Nugz Blacky Custom Guitars designed and created an instrument for him: the "Black Sail 6" which became his main guitar on stage.
In november 2014, Jolly Roger joined bass player Klod (ex-ADX, Taï Phong,...) to found Lunatic Power a heavy/prog metal band. They released a self-produced EP "Second Part of Life" during summer 2015.
Between 2015 and 2016, Jolly Roger joined singer Blake Diamond as lead guitarist for the rock band Blake Diamond and the Pearls. They extensively played around Paris for the band's first record: "Get What You Deserve" released in February 2016. He also released his first instrumental solo song called "Violette Song" dedicated to his daughter.
In september 2016, Jolly Roger moved to Amsterdam.
In April 2017, Lunatic Power first album "In the Beginning..." was released and distributed by Brennus Music receiving excellent reviews from the music press. In September 2020 they released a 2nd album "The Great Light".
In January 2018, Jolly Roger joined the famous french hard rock band Dygitals as lead guitarist. They released their 3rd album "God Save The King" in September 2020 through the German label Golden Core/ZYX Music.
In 2020 Jolly Roger released "God Save the King" with Dygitals as well as an acoustic version of Dygitals "Everybody Knows". He also released the 2nd album of Lunatic Power "The Great Light" .
In 2021, Jolly Roger released the instrumental song "Until We Meet" dedicated to his newly born son. He is currently working on the next albums for Dygitals and Lunatic Power as well as some other side projects.