Vive la Difference is a unique acoustic duo, creating a difference that will set your occasion apart from the rest and our size keeps it under budget. Also, as we require moderate set up space, we can play almost anywhere!
We have that distinctive touch from a mix of both Europe and the New World influences, taking its root in Blues, Jazz and Latin music.
We perform lively acoustic sets in English, French, Brazilian, Spanish or Italian, and invite you and your guests to a musical journey with alternative and exclusive covers of songs from all over the world.
// About the band
// Vocals, Guitar
Born in Paris, France and classically trained, Toff. began his musical journey at a very young age exploring a wide range of musical styles: Blues, Jazz, Rock, Samba & Bossa Nova.
After performing in Europe for decades, he has taken his strumming and compelling voice to Melbourne.
You can request any song from The Beatles. Elvis or Vinicius de Moraes, and keep an ear out for his trumpet impression.
// Andrew Jennings
// Drums, Percussions
Andrew has been a percussionist for over 30 years and drumming has taken him around the world for festivals and concerts.
He has supported several world-class musicians, including Muddy Waters, BB king and John Mayall.
He specialises in Blues, Rock, Reggae, Funk, Jazz and, for the past 10 years, World Music consisting in European, African and Middle Eastern Sounds.
// Why “Vive la Difference”?
The saying is French for “Long live the difference”, which refers to our alternative take on the original recordings we cover, as well as to our varied musical heritage and multiple influences.
Also, we constantly improvise to make each performance unique.
Being different is the VLD touch!
// Our Sound
We manage to sound bigger than just a duo and produce that uniquely crafted sound using a mix of traditional instruments and modern technology to bring bass, organs, pianos, strings and brass to the party.
By operating a synthesizer through his classical guitar, Toff. produces the sounds of several instruments at once; virtual amps give more typical electric guitar feel to the nylon strings. He also uses a harmonizer to add up to 4 backup vocals to his singing in real time. Oh, and let's not forget his unique mouth-trumpet for jazzy solos!
Andrew uses drum kit and percussions simultaneously during performances, giving more amplitude to his style and easy transition between genres within a song.