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Drummer Thierry Choinard met with bass player Laurent Schaffter in Los Angeles, in 1995, which led them to play as a combo in different Soul Funk and R&B projects. Bertrand Gallaz joined the combo in 1998 in Switzerland to found their first project, Fool Groove, focused on playing The Meters’ repertoire, in local festivals and venues. Bertrand was already an established and recognized guitar player of the local scene - and to some extend international scene - especially in Jazz and Funk. He had already several CDs out featuring well-known artists such as Jean-Paul Bourelly or Ronald Shannon Jackson (Decoding Society, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler). In 2008, the three musicians decided to create their own music. PHAT STRUT was founded. Meanwhile organist / keyboardist Giuseppe Germano joined the band and a first repertoire of pure instrumental Funk was born. The band recorded its first CD in 2011 and started to play festivals and venues around the French part of Switzerland. The guys knew they wanted to add some great soulful and funky lead vocals at some points. After several unsuccessful local trials, in 2011, Thierry met with LZ LOVE in Austin, Texas. LZ LOVE was already an established and accomplished artist, songwriter and lead vocalist on the Gospel, Soul, Funk and R&B scenes. LZ has worked with the queen of Motown, Mary Wells, and Parliament-Funkadelic. She has toured with James Brown, recorded with Michael Franti & Spearhead and recently with Jennifer Lopez. LZ loved PHAT STRUT style and compositions. Actually, LZ was able to write lyrics and lead vocals to some of existing instrumental tracks. The band started to create new songs as well. The band started to tour together, first as PHAT STRUT featuring LZ LOVE. Shortly after the first tour, LZ integrated the band completely. PHAT STRUT has released 4 CDs, including one recorded live in Austin, TX. All studio recordings were recorded live, meaning all instruments were recorded together at the same time with no over-dubs or re-recording what so ever. Each track is a lively authentic capture of the band moment, in the same way The Meters recorded their music. All organic and live. Since PHAT STRUT started, the band had the great honor to receive appreciation from people everywhere it performed as well as from some established and legend Funk or Jazz artists such as Pee Wee Ellis, Leo Nocentelli (The Meters). and Shane Theriot. We look forward to playing our music for more and more people and provide a great time to everyone.