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Born into an artistic family, Romain rapidly showed signs of an interest in
music and naturally focused his attention on the drums, which he
started playing at age 2.
At around 5, he went to a "music introduction" class but found himself
more interested in trying every instruments in the room rather than paying
attention to what the teacher said.
At 9, he entered the drums & percussions class with French
percussionist Jean-Marc Quillet, who gave him many advice
to improve his playing and the ear but never really taught him how to play
the drums, preferring to stimulate him and making him discover improvisation.
He also made him discover jazz, and offered him to join his jazz workshop.
The discovery of jazz definitely had a big impact on his musical upbringing.
At 11, Romain started to play with some jazz musicians in Normandy such as saxophonist Laurent Dehors or pianists Pierre Gaudin & Joël Drouin.
The discovery of Weather Report at age 14 has been the biggest music shock in his life. Having not heard anything like this before, it became the reason why he wanted to play bass, completely mesmerized by Jaco Pastorius.
He never took a lesson, but spent countless hours listening, analysing and transcribing everything he could.
He's also a fine connoisseur of Joe Zawinul’s music, which he loves to play on keyboards.
Of course, Jaco Pastorius isn't the only bass player who influenced him.
Paul McCartney, Linley Marthe, Michel Alibo, Etienne Mbappé, Alphonso Johnson, Marcus Miller, Sting, Neil Jason, Stanley Clarke, and Paul Jackson also influenced his style and contributed to his evolution and his learning of the instrument.
Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, The Brecker Brothers, Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Chick Corea, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Police and Michael Jackson also deeply influenced him.
Music has always been the most important thing in his life, more than anything else, so he decided to make it his profession.
Between age 18 and 22, he attended Rémi Biet's jazz courses at his hometown conservatory and in the meantime, he played with various musicians in Normandy, both as a drummer and bass player.
In 2009, he founded the band TOTEM with some friends of the conservatory.
In September 2011, he moved to Paris to enter the renowned Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and he attended courses from Riccardo Del Fra, Glenn Ferris, Hervé Sellin, Jeff Ballard, Scott Colley, Danilo Perez, André Ceccarelli…
In the meantime, he would spend most of his nights at Le Baiser Salé Jazz Club, where he would meet and jam with some of the great names of the Parisian Jazz Scene such as Alain Debiossat, saxophonist of the band SIXUN, who will give him his first important gig.
In the spring of 2012, he meets French saxophonist Céline Bonacina and she will hire him for what would be Romain's first tour ever. Their first gig together was at Cully Jazz Festival, opening for Carla Bley and Steve Swallow. They played together until 2014 and had the opportunity to perform at Jazz in Marciac & Jazz à Vienne, among other places. They would find each other again in Nguyên Lê's Dark Side Nine project in 2015.
He eventually leaves the conservatory after one year, in October 2012 to focus on his career.
In late 2012, he started working with French-Vietnamese guitar player Nguyên Lê and will be collaborating with him over the years on several projects such as Songs of Freedom, Jimi's Back!, Dark Side Nine, Nguyên Lê Trio, as well as some international projects with Vietnamese artists and musicians such as Tung Dung or the musical and acrobatic show "Overseas".
In the fall of 2016, he becomes Scott Henderson‘s new bass player, along with drummer Archibald Ligonnière. Their new album, People Mover, has been released on July 1st, 2019.
In 2018, he founded the band Phonic Nomads with his friends Archibald Ligonnière and Benjamin Petit, and they have an album coming up called The Nomads' Way.
He played in some of the greatest jazz festivals and venues: Jazz à Vienne, Jazz in Marciac, Cully Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's, The Baked Potato, The New Morning, Paris Jazz Festival, La Défense Jazz Festival, Jazz sous les Pommiers and many others in the world …
Touring places: France, Reunion Island, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Ukraine, South Korea, China, India, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, United States, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Romania.
Through the years, Romain has performed or/and recorded with Nguyên Lê (F), Mario Canonge (F), Rocco Zifarelli (It), Francis Lassus (F), Paco Séry (F), Grégory Privat (F), Karim Ziad (Alg), Chander Sardjoe (NL), Gergo Borlai (Hun), Nicolas Viccaro (F), Alain Debiossat (F), Linley Marthe (Mauritius), Céline Bonacina (F), Stéphane Guillaume (F), Marc Ducret (F), Laurent Dehors (F), Philippe Sellam (F), Guillaume Orti (F), Stéphane Galland (B), Jerry Léonide (Mauritius), Yoann Schmidt (F), Archibald Ligonnière (F), Benjamin Petit (F), Christophe Cravéro (F), Damien Schmitt (F), François Faure (F), Daniel Zimmermann (F), Illya Amar (F), Himiko Paganotti (F), Romain Berguin (F), Fred Lopez (F), Fred Dupont (F), Francis Arnaud (F) Loic Pontieux (F), Stéphane Huchard (F), Francois Constantin (F), Sylvain Gontard (F), Francesco Bearzatti (It), Federico Malaman (It), Nasrédine Dalil (ALG), Vincent Bidal (F), Stéphane Huchard (F), Jimi Drouillard (F), Nicolas Folmer (F), Julian Getreau (F), Joon Switon (F), Julien Goepp (F), Jo Champ (F), Jon Grandcamp (F), Jim Grandcamp (F), Philippe Devin (F), Hervé Samb (MDG), Michael Lecoq (F), Gabriel Gosse (F), Alex Roudaut (F), Martin Lefebvre (F), Omar El Barkaoui (F), Stéphane Edouard (F), Alex Tran (F), Prabhu Edouard (F), Julia Sarr (S), Ousman Danedjo (F), Pierre Gaudin (F), Catherine Raffaeli (F), Patrice Guillaumat (F), Jean-Loup Guillaumat (F), Denis Brély (F), Stéphane Bonnet (F), Gérard Yon (F), Guillaume Payen (F), Alexandre Rasse (F), Sylvia Fernandez (F), Frank Enouf (F), Laurent Meyer (F), Joël Drouin (F), Holy Oysters (F), Tom Ibarra (F), Tung Duong (Vietnam), Michel Fugain (F), Thierry Maillard (F), Médéric Collignon (F), Tao Ehrlich (F), Tanya Michelle (CA), John Hadfield (US), Rémi Vignolo (F), Dean Brown (US), Marvin « Smitty » Smith (US), Nina Attal (F), Norbert Krief (F), Les Rapetous (F), Didier Lockwood (F), David Linx (B), Jean-Mi Kajdan (F), Omri Mor (Is), Scott Henderson (US) …