IMG_9059a_MMJon Grandcamp grows up in an artistic environment, cradled between his dad’s old records and his mum’s paintings. Very early on, he turns his attention to the world of rhythm and percussions.
At the age of nine, Jon takes his first drum lessons with the master of percussions Denis Dionne. It takes seven years of hard work by Denis Dionne’s side to acquire in-depth skills in drums, but also in classical percussions.
Jon is 16 when he decides to drop out of school and to commit full-time to music.
His innate curiosity leads him to try out various styles of traditional music, such as, Afro-Cuban music, Western and Central African music, flamenco, and music from the Arab world that will largely influence his career choices and his current projects.
In 2001, after 3 exciting and ambitious months spent in Los Angeles, California, Jon leaves his hometown of Strasbourg for Paris, France, the backdrop for many new experiences.
Since then, he has been working with a vast panel of artists, such as:
Charles Pasi, Eric Serra, Emma Lamadji, Bireli Lagrène, Sandra n Kaké,Omar Pene, Aziz Sahmaoui, Etienne M’Bappé, Defunkt,Doctor L, Hadrien Feraud, Zap mama, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Fatoumata Diawara, Carla Bruni, Outlines, Juan Rozof, Blick Bassy, Guimba Kouyaté, Woz Kaly, Julian Perretta, Munir Hosn, Pierce faccini, Jannick Top, Magma, Martin Laumond, Sly Johnson, Guillaume Perret, Amayo (Antibalas),Black cowboys, Afrorockerz, Lynley Marthe, Ousmane Danedjo, Guillaume Farley, Panoramic Blue, Greg Ott trio, Ostinato, Sian, Eric Lelann, Amar Sundy, Madjo, Rido Bayonne, Ben l’oncle soul, Specta, Lisa Doby, Gazelle … and so many others.
His 2009 encounter with Emma Lamadji is the beginning of their collaboration that will find inspiration in African music, in soul and funk: the birth of the Ourim Toumim project.
Both an accomplished rhythm specialist and an inspired composer, Jon works relentlessly on various sound materials ranging from blues to rock, and from groove with African roots to world music.
Jon delivers with great talent a creative melting pot from a life devoted to music. It is the testimony of his precious, instinctive and flamboyant subjectivity that opens up the gates of universality.