Shiban is, first, the meeting, on the Parisian stage, of four friends who decide to share a musical adventure: Dhakouane at the mic and Tristan on the drums, quickly joined by Arnaud on the guitar, then Maximilien for arrangements. The band tries out its collective composition on stage (Gibus, New Morning, etc…), before starting recording three EP: - “Run Away” in 2012, whose music video “Reason dies” reaches nearly 400,000 views on youtube. - “Walk on Air” in 2013 and its music video “Revolution in Time” in 2014 - “Open My Third Eye” in 2015. Through these three EP, Shiban ensures its filiation and its love to alternative rock'n'roll, while gathering different music influences, according to the desires of each member. The band does not hesitate for example to mix, sometimes within the same song, funk influences, metal riffs and symphonical sound. Shiban's music remains coherent and reflects a constant research of pleasant melodies, a right harmony, without giving up spontaneity and clean energy of rock'n'roll. This daring sound alchemy allows Shiban exploring all kinds of emotions, according to the stories that Dhakouane tells us: sometimes intimist, other epics, Shiban's songs are sometimes revolted, merry, worrying, contemplative or even dreamlike. This last year has been an important year for Shiban: with the arrival of François, the band begins a new cycle. Shiban will be back on stage with new compositions and the ambition to write a new episode of its musical adventure.
From his earliest years, he was immersed into the arab music inspired by his own mother :singer and oud player. The first musical influences were the tunisian local chant and religious ones but also Mohamed Abdelwahab, Oum Kalthoum and Fairuz.. Quickly signed up for musical classes at the conservatory, he takes music theory, harmony and singing lessons..there he discovered the passion for classic piano and practised it for several years (with main reference: Rameau and Tchaïkovski). Over the years, the music influences increased to western world's music and mainly rock music. Thus, it expanded from Nirvana, Red hot chili peppers, RATM, Radiohead, Ben Harper, some Skate rock...to System of a down..to recently Incubus, Flyleaf, Explosion in the sky, John Frusciante, Oceansize... From one experience in a band to an another, he finally decided, in Paris, among Shiban, of which he is the founder, to develop his earmark of modulating his voice sometimes soft, sometimes fierce in order to inhabit his different characters.
Young, he was guided by his father (former drummer) to learn drums. Thus,at 4 years old, he get into Agostini School in Orléans. There he learned how to hold sticks and to keep the rhythm! During the first 15 years, he was mainly interested by the technical side of songs until a friend of him will make him discover through a best-of CD from the irish band U2. Rock music will be then his main influence with bands like Green day, SOAD, Thousand Foot Krutch, Coldplay, FoB, OneRepublic, Spoken... In parallel, his passion for cinema and mangas brings him to know music from Danny Elfman, John Williams, David Newman et E S Posthumus, some J-Pop from Yui, hearts Grow or Lotus Juice and some J-rock from Beat Crusaders, Orange Range or Uverworld. At 18 years old, mainly due to his studies, he will stop for two years. But just some weeks after his moving to Paris, in 2003, Dhak asked him for a try to form a band. Since that day, they are still playing together.
Coming from a family of musicians, he get one's bearing in playing the guitar rounded up by his father also a guitar player. Around 11 years old, on his first electric guitar, he tries to perform Santana, The Shadows, Jimmy Hendrix and Pink Floyd. Times are changing and the attractiveness of music became increasingly blurred. But at 18 years old, his interest in music reappears. He sings for the first time while playing on his folk guitar some songs from DePalmas, Indochine, Téléphone. Further one, the welter of rock music will bring him back to the electric guitar. This mixing of musical influences echoes in his playing until today: from Noir désir, Wampas to Déportivo for french rock music , and Subways, Arctic Monkeys, Clash, Ramones, Green Day, Led Zep, AC/DC, Guns n' Roses, Pink Floyd, Deftones, Tool...for the rest. In 2006, growing tired of playing on his own he decided to create a band and he finally joined the adventure of ShiBan.
Music took a decisivie place in his life from an early age. After practicing guitar during a decade, François temporarily stopped music in order to concentrate on his studies. When he resumes a few years later, he dedicates himself to bass guitar - an instrument he was always attracted by when he was younger - in order to grow this seed. Very influenced by Cold Wave (The Cure, Joy Division, Sisters Of Mercy), his way of playing gathers darkness and melodic pattern. The Musicman Stingray brings him the precision necessary for Shiban's bass lines. And,it took short time to welcome him amongst Shiban members.
The music took a determinant role in his life. A passion that sticks with him like never before Receiving music training at the CNSM (National Conservatory) in Paris, where he practiced cello, studied harmony, he totally immersed in the world of classical music. Later, he drifted to new horizons attracted by rock and electronic sounds like Oceansize, Porcupine Tree, Radiohead, Swod, Jamiroquai. Soon, he joined Shiban as a cellist before devoting himself entirely to arrangement stuff sharing the same envies and musical ambitions of the band. Even if he no longer gets on stage, Max is a full member of Shiban.