Zapple Pie


Zapple Pie is a new type of band that gathers musicians from different parts of the world. Yvalain is in France, Glenn and Mark are in the USA. They compose and play original material in the pop-rock style



How did you get together as a band?

YD: I could listen on line what Glenn did and I liked it a lot. I asked him he would like to collaborate with me on some original songs. He replied yes and told me that he liked the songs that I already published. We started to work together until we realized that we needed a soloist. We worked with several guitarist until we found out that Mark (who already collaborated with Glenn) would be the perfect soloist for our works as we share the same taste in music. MT. I was recruited into the band by my two band mates after becoming friends on facebook and the music site fandalism. They needed a new guitarist and chose me. GB : Yvalain saw my music posts online and liked what he heard, so he asked me if I would like to collaborate with him. I liked his music, so I said yes. Around the same time, I met Mark and I liked his guitar work, so I asked Mark if he would like to collaborate with me. He agreed and we did many songs together. Yvalain and I also did quite a few songs together, but we realized that we needed a lead guitar player, so we asked Mark if he would like to join and he agreed, making us a trio.

What is music to you?

YD: Music is my life. It literally saved my life when I faced difficulties. I started as a teenager and never stopped since then MT: Music is a joy, an escape, a hobby, a big part of my life, and a way to develop and keep a bond with others. GB : Music is life to me. It is a way of expressing myself. It also can be like therapy, healing the soul. My mind is like a jukebox. There is always music playing in it! Life would be very boring without music!

What is the meaning of the band’s name?

YD: Glenn found the name and he's the one to explain it MT: Over to Glenn on this one. GB : Yvalain and I thought up many possible names for the group. I wanted a name that "gave a nod" to The Beatles, because even though we are all inspired by many artists and groups, we all agreed that The Beatles were our biggest influence. The Beatles had their own record label called Apple. Just before they broke up, they started a smaller label for their more experimental music called Zapple Records. I was thinking of the phrase "apple pie" and changed it to "zapple pie" with a "z". Yvalain liked the idea and that's how we became Zapple Pie.

What is your band to you? Each member can write their own answer

YD: the band helps me to realize all my dreams in the style of pop-rock music MT: This band is a real joy to me, has given me the chance to play lead guitar which I've always wanted to do in a band, and also makes me feel part of a team. GB : All three of us are capable solo artists, but I feel that we are stronger together as a group than we are as solo artists. Each one of us brings something to the table that makes the final piece or recording special. I am proud of what we have done together.

What is your music about and what message do you want to send with it?

YD: for me music is aimed to give pleasure, good vibes whether fast or slow. As an artists I try to express the best of my internal life and communicate it to others. Music is communication, sharing, participating to the beauties of the word GB : Our music is positive and is meant to relate to others in a universal way. We try to have positive messages about life, love and peace that most people of all ages can relate to. We want to entertain, communicate with and bring joy to others.

What inspires you to make music?

MT: The sheer joy of it and the sense of accomplishment it gives me. YD: It's a need. I can't help making music to express myself, to challenge myself too GB : It's just a part of me. Just like one needs to eat or sleep, I also need to create music. I love the idea of creating something out of nothing! That's what we do. We start out with silence and then create a melody and words that express something. Something that makes us think and feel.

Which musicians or bands have influenced your music?

YD: all started to me with The Beatles (even if I discovered them only in the 70s). Soon I listened many other groups, from England and the US, of the 60s, 70s and 80s too (new groups interest me but not in a range as wide as in the previous period) MT: The Beatles, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Liona Boyd, Craig Chaquico, Acoustic Alchemy GB : The Beatles, The Moody Blues, The Kinks, British Invasion groups, The Beach Boys and countless others!

What have you learnt from each other that you didn’t know before joining this band?

MT: A real sense of comradery, the trust and confidence my band mates have in me has made me a better musician, and better person also YD: trust and friendsip GB : Three heads are better than one! It's amazing how well we work together, They often help me see things from a different perspective. Mark is an awesome lead guitar player and Yvalain's production skills are exceptional! Yvalain has a great ear for mixing tracks and doing audio production. He is also a master at video production. He is a great musician and songwriter as well. Mark is also an excellent composer.

What is the feeling during a live show?

YD: most of the time I was frightening :) But I had great times too when the audience reacts positively to the music played. I liked also to see someone in the audience that stare at my playing the bass (because this is also what I do when i attend a concert) GB : I enjoy a live show, when I can see the audience getting into it. However, I enjoy the creative process of writing songs and recording more.

What do you dream of?

YD: I never made money with music so my 1st dream would be to obtain some recognition and some financial return MT: Agree with Yvalain on this one, and also, to be able to continue to create music for a long time to come. GB : I dream of actually making money from our music and people actually wanting to buy our records. I have always wanted to have our music and my music on vinyl! Does anyone remember vinyl? Ha ha! :)

What does it take for a band to get their music heard by a larger audience?

YD: if only I knew! GB : Still trying to figure that one out!

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

YD: The offer of free music is so big nowadays that it's become hard to be noticed GB : Knowing the steps one needs to take to make it in music and then taking those steps!

What do you think of Drooble?

YD: We just start to discover it. We hope to gain more exposure and a wider audience. I like what I see here MT: So far so good, the exposure and the set up is very good. GB : I have not been here long enough to know. It seems promising.

What does frustrate you most as a band?

YD: not playing together in the same place as we live so far away from each other. But, who knows, that might be happening one day :) MT: Agree with Yvalain on this one. GB : I agree with Yvalain and Mark on this one.

Do you support your local scene as fans? How?

YD: some ex-partners still play around in y place and I go to their concert GB : I see some of my friends locally in bands. sometimes, when I am free. I also perform at open mike nights, when I have an opportunity.