“No Smoke” was organized in October 2016 in Amsterdam by Kevin Chapman (vocal, guitar) Rei Satoshi (guitar,chorus) and Franklin Madjid (bass,chorus) In April 2014 they met each other at a music session in Amsterdam. Then they started playing together every week but it was still not a band. They are all experienced musicians and know their way in the music industry.
Franklin Madjid still does a lot of leading jam session work on a regular basis. Kevin and Rei led their own music session too. The day came where they started to help each other. It felt like a good opportunity of starting something together with idea of the songs and polish the songs step by step. It was a really meaningful time for building up the combination and ensemble between Kevin, Rei & Franklin.
After that they build up their own way of ensemble with great dynamics & sensitivity. They perform their original songs. It had big meaning for them performing songs of their own. Their music is a mixture of Rock, Rock - Pop, Blues, Country. The band shows great improvisation skills that help polishing the songs after every performance. Now they have reached a point of “no return” and are passionately working on a new album that promises to be an awesome piece of work. The band is still growing in character and are always remarkably close to their audiences who the keep on surprising.
Until they invited Johnny Contini, they couldn’t find a decent drummer. Before Johnny came in the band, they used to play with several different drummers. Nevertheless Kevin, Rei & Franklin build up great ensemble already, it was not easy to find a certain drummer who could share the feeling and drive they have for the music they love playing. They knew Johnny from the past as fine drummer but it took a while to invite him into the band. In March 2018 finally Johnny became the official drummer. By his joining, the band grew stronger and even more passionate in their drive in getting new songs to the public.
How they came to name the band “No Smoke” you might wonder? One day at a performance in the middle of 2017, they made a joke about the quality of their performance. Then Kevin pulled an English phrase saying: “When people in Britain see a magic show and applaud to its excellence, people praise it by saying that it was “No Smoke”!!! Meaning “no trick !” This is the real deal. Then Rei, Kevin and Franklin decided that it was a good name for the band. A band was born. Since that moment in August 2017, they were named as “No Smoke” officially. No Tricks!!! What you see is what you get and we can promiss you it will be magic.