Also known as Nicolas Huguet, Jimmy has been playing the theremin since 2006, after discovering it watching science fiction movies. A multi-instrumentalist drawn towards strange sounds, he lives in the volcanic area of France, moonlights as an Exotica and Hawaiian music DJ, is a fan of Polynesian pop culture and collects tikis, wooden glasses, records and art modeste. He enjoys sporting a beard, raising snails and practicing the art of mixology. His first solo album entitled “Jimmy Virani is Beachcombing in Outer Space” came out in 2009.
He lives in Clermont-Ferrand (Auvergne) and teaches there. You can contact him on facebook.
What prompted you to play theremin? What were your first feelings when you heard the sounds of theremin and where did it happen?
I fell in love with the theremin while watching Ed Wood by Tim Burton. I had heard it before on different bands, but I thought it was nothing but a gadget. Then, I found out it was a real instrument, and it made me want to get one immediatly and try to master it as best as I could.
What is your musical philosophy and what place it occupies a theremin?
My musical philosophy is to get as much pleasure as possible playing music. I don’t want to get too serious, I want to enjoy myself, play with others, meet other musicians… the theremin is a nice conversation starter ! And I love to play it with anybody and on any kind of music, from classical to hawaiian to rock to electro.
Prospects for theremin and its place in modern music space – how you see them? For what qualities you value this tool?
I think the theremin blends really nicely on any kind of music.
Which manufacturer of theremin do you prefer?
Moog music. I have the Big Briar 91-A for playing at home, it’s a fantastic instrument. and the Etherwave for playing at concerts. It’s perfect for travelling and the sound is awesome.
What you can recommend for beginners thereminists, or those who are just going to start their way of thereminist?
I recommend playing every day, on the music you like. And have fun, don’t just try to get perfect, you won’t. Have fun playing it, don’t be too serious.