Venustribes are a unique blend in the midst of electronic music, ethereal wave and alternative rock. Adding world beat and jazz this project creates a synthesis of genres sounding unlike anything else.
Venustribes were founded by Jose DeChamp, an eclectic singer-songwriter and music producer based in London, UK.
First album ‘Siddhartha’ was released in 2011. The concept album was inspired by Hermann Hesse’s mystical novel ‘Siddhartha’, describing a traveller’s inner journey of remembrance. Soulful vocals, ethereal chords and tribal drums seduce onto a journey of jazz-fusion and cinematic sounds. Siddhartha-Song "Red Gaia" was a finalist in the Eco Arts Awards 2013.
Album Siddhartha is dedicated to the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. To the Kogi Mamas of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta - Gonavindua Tairona Elder Brothers and Guardians of Water. To Chief Raoni, Chief of the Xingu Indigenous Lands of Brazil.
Venustribes just finished second album '7 Colours' – out in June2013 - an alternative album with references to American roots music with just an edge of punk and psychedelia - yet also strong Americana aspects with orchestral, cinematic arrangements.
Virginia's Song - Love It For What It Is’ can already be heard on VenusTRIBES channels such as youtube, vimeo, reverbnation, facebook. The song is an adaptation from Michael Cunningham's 'The Hours' - and homage to English writer Virginia Woolf.
A collaboration with film director Mher Hovvyan let to short film "Little Hands", with original soundtrack by VenusTRIBES. "Little Hands" will also be on album ‘7 Colours’.
Songwriter and vocalist Jose DeChamp has been writing songs from a very young age, was part of various jazz formations and has created VenusTRIBES in 1999.
Musical influences can be found in psychedelic music such as Aphrodite’s Child or Jon Lord, the neo-classical Dead Can Dance, Lisa Gerard or Kate Bush, in rock poetry of Patti Smith and in a civil rights song writing culture of Buffy St Marie or Floyd Red Crow Westerman. Venustribes music has also been likened to contemporary artists such as Lana Del Ray.
Acknowledgements: Thank you to Sabrina Montanaro, artist and activist and to Tony Redhouse, Native American Motivational Speaker, Spiritual Teacher and Percussionist whose work has been an inspiration and source of great comfort. Thanks to Willie Wilcek, musician, friend and co-composer/producer on 'The Key", 'Unfinished Letter', 'Two Wolves In My Heart (Rivals of Darkness)'. Thank you to friends Emilia Wormell and Erika Loeckx and to Penny Cloutte, teacher. And forever thank you to Sonaam Gabriel.
Recommended link for rainbow warriors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_618934&feature=iv&src_vid=5Z-NDNHw6wQ&v=pnLX9pdKuEg