ECHOREV is an international duo that blends two unique voices into one. Johnny Nicholson and Jörn Bielfeldt craft a new breed of indie rock: electrified folk songs propelled by organic hip/hop and electronic beats with “anthem quality and many a sing-a-long moment” (The Owl Magazine). Having performed over 80 shows across Europe and the U.S. in support of their debut album, Find North (September 2011, Monkey Rock Records), and their new EP – The Mermaid & The Astronaut (June 2012, Monkey Rock Records) ECHOREV will take you on a journey from the light into the darkness and back again.
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Johnny Nicholson, and experimental German drummer, Jörn Bielfeldt found each other at Berklee College of Music, in Boston at the end of ’08. There the two began defining the sound that would become ECHOREV. Johnny, a California native, had toured the country as a solo performer, developing an ever-expanding and evolving catalog of not-so-traditional folk pop songs. Anchored in his natural, soulful vocal delivery and intricate finger picking guitar style, Johnny’s songs-as-tone-poems took on a new light in collaboration with Jörn. With roots in electronic music, hip-hop, and free improvisation, Jörn’s unorthodox, driving, and even melodic approach to the drums helped ECHOREV develop an “eclectic yet distinct sound” (Crayonbeats). Having experimented with a third member on bass, Johnny and Jörn continue to push the traditional boundaries of a duo. With live looping and analog processing, they create a third voice between the two of them.
Find North’s “catchy…mixture of “Folk, Pop and Electro elements” (Alternative Nation) has captured the attention of DJ’s on over a hundred U.S. college radio stations and several German radio stations with national reach, while publications like Under the Radar featured “Cycles of Dreamers” on their 2011 Summer sampler and Fuse.TV aired the video for “Cycles of Dreamers” online and via On Demand TV through Comcast, Direct TV, and many more television service providers across the U.S, in March 2012.
This past June and July, ECHOREV made their third trip back to Europe in less than two years, performing another thirty shows across Germany. From performing at storied rock ‘n’ roll clubs, arts festivals to cathedrals to punk squats to private homes, ECHOREV connected with all kinds of audiences with their onstage energy and distinctive live sonic palette of Fender Rhodes, synthesizer, guitar, live analog processing and sampling, looping, drums, and harmonies. Having sparked a steadily growing European following with their brand of “melodic, intelligent, and skillfully-made rock music…” (SHZ), ECHOREV returned from Europe for another US tour this Fall, finding North, from West to East.
With their moniker inspired by the French word for ‘dream’ – ‘rêve’ , the band is sharing their dreams with audiences worldwide.