Andre’s magical family tour


Nomadic musician Andre Manella is a modern one-man band – but he still needs a huge tour bus. 

Manella uses loop pedals to sample his own vocals and instrumentals, building layer upon layer into full tracks. 

The Swiss musician – known as Sonic Delusion – recently recorded his first album Positive Or Negative (+ or -), ironically as a band with four other musicians in New Plymouth. 

But for the album release tour he’s on his own – well, sort of. 

“I’m touring the country in a big converted bus with my family, my wife Renee and two young children – five-year-old Amelie and three-year-old Finn,” Manella, 35, says. 

“It’s been brilliant, combining touring and seeing the country,” he says. 

“Mainly we’ve just met so many cool people, especially those that work their asses off running these incredible little bars and cafes.” 

Manella has been touring since Christmas and tailors the music to the venue and crowd ambience. 

“It’s original music and I describe it as funky loop folk pop. So I lay down the guitar or different vocal lines, backing vocals, my own percussion and base lines,” Manella adds. 

“It can be laid-back acoustic or danceable.”

Catch Sonic Delusion at Bardeaux on Searle Lane tomorrow from 8.30pm. Admission is free