Mario Guccio: Vocals
Marc Ysaye: Drums – vocals
Roland De Greef: Bass – vocals
Hervé Borbé: Keyboards
Christophe Pons: Guitar

Machiavel is one of the most famous Belgian rock bands. The band has collected 4 golden records and performed a lot of shows. Machiavel has played twice sold-out at “Forest National” and four times even successfully at the “Ancienne Belgique” in Brussels. The power of an original music, a mix between rock and melodious songs together with a well-balanced contrast between soft and hard sounds contribute to the ever growing success of the band.

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Biography

(short version)

In the middle of the seventies two music freaks, Roland De Greef and Marc Ysaye, created a group called “Machiavel“.

In April 1976, they released their first album (EMI music). For the second album, the group’s line-up changed. Jack Roskam was replaced Jean Paul Devaux on guitar and Mario Guccio was brought in as singer and showman to boost the live impact.

Released in 1977, the second album “JESTER” revealed surprising musical maturity (EMI music).

The third album “MECHANICAL MOONBEAMS“, released in 1978, confirmed the promise. The album and its superb single “Rope Dancer” was an enormous success. First gold record (EMI music).

The fourth album “URBAN GAMES”, released in 1979, is the second gold record (EMI music). Machiavel’s will to move on and not remain encased in Eurock, allowing other influences into the mix, such as the reggae hits on “OVER THE HILL”. But the changes in style caused the departure of the keyboards player Albert Letecheur. The Guitar player Jean-Paul Devaux was also replaced by the young Thierry Plas. These changes would have a major effect on Machiavel’s career.

In 1980, the fifth album “NEW LINES” confirmed the radical change. Machiavel’s music was a mix of many styles, with a much tougher edge than before. The public remained true to the band, again filling Forest National aréna. Third gold record (EMI music).

“NEW LINES” and the single « Fly » brought them a new audience in the northern part of the country, as well as live shows in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and France.

The sixth album “BREAK OUT” was released in 1981. It was produced in the USA by Derek Laurence Deep Purple’s producer (EMI music).
In 1983, their record company EMI released “VALENTINE’S DAY”, a live recording of their second Forest National show.

In 1987, Roland De Greef, Marc Ysaye, Mario Guccio and Thierry Plas recorded the album “THE CRY OF PLEASURE” with the help of keyboard player Paolo Ragatzu. The single « Your Soul » featuring the harmonica playing of Arno. After this, the band was very discreet.
It has been almost ten years since Machiavel took to the stage. The opportunity came during the Francofolies festival in Spa in July 1996. This coincided with the release of the compilation 20th Anniversary Machiavel : “THE VERY BEST OF”.

In 1997, Hervé Borbé was brought in as keyboards player. The tour which followed and the CD were highly successful.
In 1998, the band recorded a new album “VIRTUAL SUN” which was released by CNR Arcade in January 1999.

1999 will be remembered as the year of some Machiavel gigs and also as the year of the release of a double live record called “MACHIAVEL LIVE” by EMI music.

The year 2000 was another busy one for the band, they appeared on the “Glittering 2000 Compilation”, distributed by P.I.A.S. Machiavel covered and re-arranged the song « The Faith Healer » of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band.
The album “BREAK OUT” was also released as a CD by HK music.
On the live front, 2000 saw the band play many concerts, notably at outdoor festivals such as Nandrin Festival (Belgium) Rock Affligem (Belgium), Rock Um Knuedler (Luxembourg), support act for Bon Jovi (Belgium), etc…

In 2001, the release of the Machiavel double CD called « Anthology » distributed by EMI music.
The new album « Welcome to Paradise » was released in January 2003 and distributed by CNR Arcade Music. A new Machiavel tour will start in March.

Year 2004 was dedicated mostly to writing and producing songs for the new studio album called « 2005 » (Bang music).
In 2006, the band is on the road again and more than 60.000 people will have seen and applauded the shows.
In 2007, Machiavel release a new live album called “ LIVE IN BRUSSELS ” which is made of tracks of the gig recorded on March 2005 at “Ancienne Belgique” in Brussels (Moonzoo music / Universal music).
End 2007, release of a DVD « Live at Coliseum » (Universal music).
2008 – 2009 The band is on the road again.
2010 – The guitarist Thierry Plas leaves for other horizons and is replaced by Christophe Pons.
The five musicians work on compositions of a new studio album and they record the first demos.

2011 – The band enter in studio in February.
In September 2011, the band with his new guitarist Christophe Pons release a brand new studio album called “Eleven”  including the single “Feel the sun”.

Since October 2011, the band is on the road again and more than 80.000 people will have seen and applauded the shows.

In November 2013, Machiavel release a brand new studio album called “Colours ” including the single “Satellites ” and the band starts his new tour with a show accompanied by the Orchestre Royal de chambre de Wallonie in December 2013 at the Cirque Royal ( Brussels ).

2015 – Machiavel celebrates their  40 years of existence, In November a biography will be released, covering the whole career of the band. This will go together with the release of a box including a vinyl album, and of a CD with 18 songs called ” The Best Songs Of Machiavel “.

The band will start a tour with the 12 violins of the ORCW ( Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie ). The story goes further…

Biography

(Long Version)

THE GENESIS OF THE GROUP

In the middle of the seventies two music freaks, Roland De Greef and Marc Ysaye, created a group called Moby Dick . Shortly later, they met Albert Letecheur – a meeting that would prove important at a time when the musical style of European groups such as Yes, Genesis, Supertramp and Emerson, Lake & Palmer was becoming increasingly popular throughout Europe in general (and Belgium in particular). At the time, the style was called “Eurock” . Once the style was established, most countries had their own “Eurock” bands, except Belgium– much to the frustration of the public and press. In the small world of Belgian music in 1975-76, aplace was up for grabs. Four French-speaking musicians thought they would give it a try. With Roland De Greef on bass, Marc Ysaye on drums and vocals, Jack Roskam on guitar, Albert Letecheur on keyboards; Machiavel was born, and about to become one of the country’s most successful bands.
In April 1976, they released their first album called Machiavel , which was hailed by the press but even more by the public. In retrospect, it is clear that this album had tracks of varying quality. But the level of artistic potential and skill were impressive for a first album

THE EUROCK PERIODE

For the second album, the group’s line-up changed. Jack Roskam was replaced Jean Paul Devaux on guitar and Mario Guccio was brought in as singer and showman to boost the live impact. Released in 1977, the second album, Jester , revealed surprising musical maturity. Machiavel acquired their style, and additional fans.
The third album, Mechanical Moonbeams (1978), confirmed the promise. The album and its superb single Rope Dancer was an enormous success.The tour that followed including dates at the Rocking Belgium festival in Wavre and the Cirque Royal in Brussels was living proof of the band’s capabilities.This was the golden age of Machiavel’s Eurock period.

THE BREAK

The sixth album Break Out was released in 1981. It was produced by Derek Laurence (Deep Purple’s producer) in the USA, recorded at the Wally Heider studio in Hollywood L.A.
After their equipment was stolen during a tour, the band faced difficult financial problems. This, and a certain discouragement, led to the group cooling off somewhat. In 1983, their record company EMI released Valentine Days a live recording of their second Forest National show.
In 1987, Roland De Greef, Marc Ysaye, Mario Guccio and Thierry Plas reformed Machiavel and recorded the album “The Cry of Pleasure” with the help of keyboard player Paolo Ragatzu. The band was trying to find a compromise between their first musical love and the various influences the members underwent during their solo outings. Tree tracks are worthy of note: the single “No Way to Heaven”, the song “Bad Girl” with BJ Scott at the backing vocals and above all “Your Soul” featuring the superb harmonica playing of Ernest Hintjes (better known as Arno).
Coming back to their discography, a first compilation was released in 1991, followed by a boxed set in 1993. The latter comprised the first five albums with previously unreleased tracks, such as Don’t Remember (1974) or alternative takes of tracks such as the home version of I’m not a Loser. The success of these releases confirmed that, though inactive, there was still strong interest in Machiavel.
Since 1981, the group members have had solo careers to varying degrees of success. Marc Ysaye and Albert Letecheur formed Twilight. Marc Ysaye playest drums with the Belgian blues outfit Burning Plague which exists since 1965 and with whom he recorded the album “Two” in 1995 and the live album called “Live at Last” in 1999. He also produced, Pierre Rapsat’s album “J’ouvre les yeux” in 1989. After spending some time on the RTBF’s Radio Une, Marc has become the director and one of the best known voices of Classic 21. Roland De Greef and Mario Guccio formed Beige Neige , releasing the CD “Movement One” in 1983. They have always been involved in music through their production house Rox Records. Thierry Plas became a highly appreciated session musician, playing live and in studio with Pierre Rapsat, Vaya Con Dios and Berverly Jo Scott. Thierry Plas and Marc Ysaye played with Purple Prose, a band of Dany Klein (ex Vaya Con Dios singer). A first album has been released by BMG Records in may 1999.

THE REBIRTH

It has been almost ten years since Machiavel took to the stage. The opportunity came during the celebration of Jean-Luc Fonck (Sttellla) at the Francofolies festival in Spa in July 1996. This coincided with the release of the compilation 20th Anniversary Machiavel : The Very Best Of . The tour with the line up Mario Guccio (vocal ) Marc Ysaye  ( drums ) Roland De Greef ( bass ) Hervé Borbe ( keyboards ) Thierry Plas ( guitars ) which followed was intended as a farewell to the stage. Yet the ten dates – and the CD 20th Anniversary Machiavel : the Very Best of – were highly successful. Hervé Borbé was brought in as member of the band .

Few groups or singers, particularly in Belgium, could enjoy such a comeback after several years of absence.
1997 and 1998 have been busy years for the band. Lots of live dates, and 1998 ended with the recording of a new studio album, to be released on January 20th, 1999. The first single was already been released on November 27th, 1998.
The brand new album called ” Virtual Sun” was released by CNR Arcade on 26th January 1999.
1999 will be remembered as the year of some Machiavel gigs and also as the year of the release of a double live record called Machiavel Live by Emi Belgium, on September 20 th 1999″.

THE YEARS 2000

The year 2000 was another busy one for the band.
In terms of releases, Machiavel appeared on the Glittering 2000 compilation, distributed by P.I.A.S. Machiavel covered and re-arranged the song “The Faith Healer” of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band.
The vinyl album “Break Out” (1981) was also released as a CD version by Hans Kuster Music. It is also worth mentioning the release of their 3rd compilation called Original Hits through EMI Belgium.
On the live front, 2000 saw the band play many concerts, notably at outdoor festivals such as Nandrin Festival (Belgium) Rock Affligem (Belgium) , Rock Um Knuedler (Luxembourg) and support act for Bon Jovi (Belgium).
Everybody will remember year 2001 because of the release of the Machiavel double CD called Anthology and distributed by EMI. This double CD included a new track composed by the band in 2001 and called Heaven’s Rules. This song has been released as a single.
Moreover, in year 2001, Machiavel has performed big open air giggs as for example during the Wallonie Festival in Liège and in Namur ; for these two gigs, more than 25.000 people were present.

WELCOME TO PARADISE

The year 2002 will be dedicated to writing, recording and producing new tracks for the new album called Welcome to Paradise, which was recorded in ICP, Zoo and Rox studios. A first single “Wild as the Wind” was released in October 2002 and the album in January 2003 distributed by CNR Arcade Music.
During the new tour there were very important moments like Machiavel taking part in the Francofolies of Spa with their own songs and, also their cover of the song “Je suis moi” during the evening dedicated to Pierre Rapsat.
On the discography side, a new “best of” called The Essential of Machiavel has been released in June 2003 by EMI.

THE YEAR 2004

For the band and their public, 2004 will be known as the year during which Albert Letecheur died (in May).
 The year 2004 was dedicated mostly to writing and producing songs for the new studio album. The release with the record company, Bang music, was planned in February 2005.

THE ALBUM 2005

The first single called “Chronic Love” has been released in the begin of January 2005. The new studio album called “2005″” has been released in the end of January 2005.The 2005 tour has been started in March 2005.In 2006, the band is on the road again and more than 50.000 people will have seen and applauded the shows

LIVE IN BRUSSELS

In 2007, Machiavel release a new live album called “ LIVE IN BRUSSELS ” which is made of tracks of the gig recorded on March 2005 at “Ancienne Belgique” in Brussels. (Moonzoo music / Universal music)
 End 2007, release of a DVD « Live at Coliseum » (Universal Music).

MACHIAVEL ACOUSTIC

In May 2009, Machiavel release a new live album called “MACHIAVEL ACOUSTIC ” which is made of acoustics tracks of the gig recorded at the Auditorium studio Abel Dubois in Mons  (Moonzoo music / Universal music).

ELEVEN

In September 2011, the band with his new guitarist Christophe Pons release a brand new studio album called “Eleven ” including the single “Feel the sun”. Since October 2011, the band is on the road again and more than 80.000 people will have seen and applauded the shows and discovered the new songs.

COLOURS

In November 2013, Machiavel release a brand new studio album called “Colours ” including the single “Satellites ” and the band starts his new tour with a show accompagnied by the Orchestre Royal de chambre de Wallonie in December 2013 at the Cirque Royal ( Brussels ).

2015

 Machiavel celebrates their  40 years of existence, In November a biography will be released, covering the whole career of the band. This will go together with the release of a box including a vinyl album, and of a CD with 18 songs called ” The Best Songs Of Machiavel “.

The band will start a tour with the 12 violins of the ORCW ( Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie ). The story goes further…

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