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Hello everyone, young and old! I’m celebrating my 50th birthday this year so I deserve this invitation, the wrinkles are starting to arrive …
I’ve lived in Rennes (France) for 25 years. The first 25 years I was in Caen in Normandy, where I was born.
My parents came from rather ‘simple’ families. My grandfathers were hairdressers and railway workers. My parents were college teachers and educator. They separated when I was 9 years old.
When I was 18, I left school with my carpenter’s diploma, the same year I was exempted from the army, and I found a part-time job in an associative rock radio station.
They were years of carelessness. I was passionate about music, tattooing.
I’ve travelled a lot in Paris and London, but until 40 I hadn’t been much further: Antwerp, Amsterdam …
The year of my 40th birthday, I went on tour to Reunion with my English friends of Inner Terrestrials. Then in 2013 another musical project took me to Brazil, to Recife, to the city of Devotos and finally, I had the chance to go three times to Burkina Faso, in my partner’s country.
For 25 years, I have devoted a lot of energy to supporting the Mass Productions association (www.massprod.com). I’ve calculated that I’ve been to around 1,700 concerts, for pleasure or for work.
Being invested in music allows me to meet people from all walks of life and all ages. I greet them all and hope to see them again soon.
1. Name: Vincent
2. Profession: Music producer / DJ …
3. What were you like as a teenager? : I was quite shy, I listened to my punk records like GBH, Exploited, Siouxsie & Banshees, UK Subs on repeat.
I liked certain subjects in college like French and English. I went for bike rides, played soccer with my friends (but not in a club).
From 16 years old, I was a skinhead, a very regulated environment but where I made lots of great encounters.
4. Have you changed a lot since then? : Yes a lot of tattoos on top of that, and travel makes a difference I think.
5. What do you like to do in your free time? : writing and graphics: fanzine Punkulture; music: African percussions (association Tilibora); sport: table tennis (Avenir de Rennes club).
6. How long have you known your oldest friend? : I’ve been in contact with some friends for 35 years. My closest brothers, I’ve known them for 10, 15 or 20 years.
7. The positives of getting older: You don’t teach an old monkey to make faces.
8. The negative points of aging: Understanding the political functioning of our planet and helplessly observing the social inequalities in our country and in others.
9. Tips or Words of Wisdom for Youth: Don’t listen to lesson givers like me! More seriously: don’t touch drugs, keep your freedom of body and mind.
Facebook: Vincent Bride
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
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