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Check Out Neil and Julian Chablaoui’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Neil and Julian Chablaoui.

Hi Neil and Julian, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
We are brothers Neil and Julian Chablaoui, also known as In The Can. We are a French Rock Band that grew up on the outskirts of Paris. From an early age, we were introduced to the great classics of rock. Inspired by artists from many genres to become musicians, we taught ourselves how to play guitar, drums, and bass and sing and write our songs. Classic rock, country, blues, jazz, funk, folk, and pop have all influenced the rock fusion sound that we like and is present in our 3 Studio Albums.

With In The Can, we thrive on live performance. We have played in both big and small venues, but sometimes the public spaces are where we make the strongest connections. We have done hundreds of shows in and outside of France, and it is always on stage that we have managed to create a link with the public. We give our best every time. A mixture of passion, abandonment, and sharing. That’s how we like to play our music, and we believe that energy is what continues to draw people to us. Connecting with others and creating community is what we are all about.

We like the closeness with the public that live performance provides us. It is a guarantee of sincerity and an unfiltered exchange that we have found and maintained in recent years through busking or in the corridors of the Parisian metro. We had a lot of good times there, which also allowed us to continue to perform throughout the years: on a stage that is always open. And these are places which, if you decide to take the time, could be placed for great encounters. Where many people see the metro as a means of commute, we know the opportunity to build a community. When people stop and listen to musicians, they allow themselves to have new experiences, and we love to share that with them. Our tour last month for our debut in Nashville is due to one of those meetings. It started eight years ago in Paris, during one of our concerts where Alyssa Schickling, now our manager, saw us play for the first time while on vacation in Europe. After having followed our activity remotely for many years and graduated from NYU in Music Business, she contacted us to propose that we plan our first visit to the United States, which brought us to Nashville. While this was our first visit to the States, it certainly won’t be our last. Everything is always a matter of the meeting.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Today, you can’t afford to devote yourself to your music as a musician. You must look at the whole picture: shape the music, distribute it, promote it, find partners, and manage your social media. Compared to the 20th-century fantasy of a record company that takes care of its artists, DIY is now a primary path for artists to follow. Because you must do everything yourself, musicians can sometimes struggle to devote time to the music. Still, thanks to it, you get to work on your project in all its facets (marketing, social networks, administrative, etc.) and know-how to mold your music to find your place among the many projects that exist or take shape every day. You must expand your knowledge in many different areas to effectively manage your group and make yourself known to as many people as possible. And since everything takes time, it can be difficult to be on all fronts and manage your project effectively. But it is also a better opportunity to understand all aspects of production, expand your brand, manage your image, and develop. Each musical path has its advantages and disadvantages, but ours is a huge opportunity to learn and grow.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
We have released an EP and three albums, available on all online listening platforms. However, during our stay in Nashville, we had the opportunity to record new songs at East Iris Studios. An express recording pushed us to put our spontaneity at the heart of our music. Five days allowed us to explore more raw sounds geared towards live recording. Even with this new perspective, we always have the same desire to travel between styles, from the most direct rock to more dreamy ballads. Currently being mixed, this new project will soon be available on our networks. And we are already looking forward to being able to come back to the area to play it for your life.
Who said the American dream was dead? Not us.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
Alyssa Schickling is part of our team now and with whom we look forward to continuing to develop our visibility in the US. Our community in France and all those who have supported us since our beginnings- friends, family, and strangers, to whom we owe a lot.

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