The Breton Jérôme Fagnet, born in Saint-Malo, is now better known by his stage name, Broken Back. A pseudonym that was formed, much like that of Grand Corps Malade, following a vertebral displacement that occurred in 2012 and that required a long recovery. A broken back, but an unusual talent for music, indie-folk and electro for the singer and guitarist, whose first single, a cover of a Bon Iver tune, took off on the streaming platform SoundCloud. His voice made waves and a few years later, in 2015, he released a first EP, Dear Misfortune, Mother of Joy, followed the following year by a critically acclaimed debut album, Broken Back. The latter contains the tube Halcyon Birds (referring to Greek mythology), which sold more than 150,000 copies.
Broken Back has also collaborated with some prestigious names, from Klingande (on Riva (Restart the Game) and the title Wonders, heard more than 10 million times on streaming platforms) on Synapson, via Nolwenn Leroy with whom he has co-composed the title Trace your way. Broken Back can also boast gold certification for his first album that sold more than 50,000 copies sold and his first-ever nomination to the Victoires de la Musique. The singer is now performing concerts around the world (more than 250 so far), Sweden, the United States, Greece or Polynesia and now Monaco, at the Espace Léo Ferré. Will he find the time to finish his second album and keep the momentum going?
*Article originally published in the French edition of the Monaco Tribune.