JAWEN consists of two brothers, singer/guitarist Olivier and multi-instrumentalist Nicolas. They have had success in France and this CD is the first time they are bringing their music to the US and it will be available on iTunes and other online music services.
The first single from JAWEN'S CD, also called "1,2,2 is Five," is being promoted to US radio and is supported by a fun, edgy video directed by Marc Obin (Luc Besson, Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard).
Drawing from the flavors of funk, rock and classic soul music, they stir the pot by adding catchy hooks and an electronic vibe.
JAWEN's prior album, released in Europe in 2008 was a great success. The French magazine, "Les Inrokuptibles" said: "their music has a bright futureâ€¦ Jawen is an explosive discovery!" They described Jawen's music as "â€¦a diverse musical style based on classic rock-soul songs, electro-pop, and soul music."
En Toute Independence Magazine said: "Jawen's music blends diverse and sophisticated rhythms with a little bit of jazz, and a marvelous voice... Jawen is a natural talent."
About the new CD "1,2,2 is Five" in Olivier's words:
"My vision for the CD is for it to be wide-open, but at the same time to have its own sound.
We always try to include rock, pop, R&B, and funk elements in our music. We enjoy playing diverse musical genres.
"Writing a song or a story is a unique moment in your life, we can't choose what is good or bad, we are serving the music. Thus, I would describe the new CD as a distillation of pop and soul music.
For me that era of music is open for doing whatever you want with no musical boundaries; think about food - you don't want to eat the same stuff every day.
"The single, 1,2,2 is Five is based on spontaneity. I really think that life should be lived in this way."
"Nicolas had the basic idea for the groove. The melody and the meaning should be easy to remember. I found an unusual title just for the sound of it. I was uncomfortable at first because I wasn't sure what it meant, but it was very spontaneous. In the end we have the sensation of something easily perceived by the mind."
Nicolas had a taste of America when he went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and Olivier finished his studies in London. After college, both brothers re-united and moved to Paris where they spent a couple of years songwriting and gigging. At a jam session in Paris they met bassist-producer, Yann Cortella, who was so enamored by their music that he later became the duo's producer. Not long after, the JAWEN brothers moved back to their home in Normandy to write and produce their first CD in 2007. Subsequently they released their self-produced CD in 2008 which resulted in them signing a deal with French label Neogene Music.
Olivier has written and been a featured vocalist for several artists. He was featured on Cortella's hit single, "I Feel." He also wrote songs for Michael Robinson (Martin Solveig, Bob Sinclar) and Charles West (The Golden Gate Quartet). Nicolas was also very successful - he too, played with Michael Robinson and toured with different French Hip-Hop bands.
In 2010, JAWEN began touring and promoting "1,2,2 is Five" in Europe. They opened for the soul legend Andre Williams as well as Alice Russell, Mickey Green and many more. The new CD "1,2,2 is Five," on Believ