“It’s the bandits who play the electric guitar”

His Breton childhood, the influence of Thiéfaine, his refined prose… First a guitarist for others, the musician came to singing late in life. His seventh album, “Tambour vision”, makes him a major author.

Self-taught guitarist, appreciated accompanist, renowned comrade, Bertrand Belin became a singer late in life, at the age of 35, with a first album in 2005 where he “did [t] bis [s] are claws”, he said. A singular author yet revealing himself there, at a wise distance from the world already, rendered by the enigmatic prose of a Hubert-Félix Thiéfaine as much as by the verbal swing of a Charles Trenet. Over time, his musical personality has further asserted itself, establishing him as a natural heir to the shadows and lights of Alain Bashung, whose serious timbre and nonchalant flow he shares, in addition to a few personal flaws on which he is concerned. rarely linger.

A childhood in extreme poverty in Quiberon, from which he escaped at 18 to join the life of a musician in the service of others. First a Cajun music group, another a rock band — Sons of the Desert, Brits he had admired for a long time — the young Bénabar on a tour… Always behind a guitar, like on this spring morning in his studio de Montreuil, where he received us.