Thomas Bellier is a French-American musician, composer and producer based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Bellier has performed in 23 countries around the world and released over a dozen records. He has shared the stage and recorded with the likes of Jello Biafra, Sonny Simmons, William Parker, Grachan Moncur III, Warren Smith, Dave Burrell, Nobel prize-nominated poet Ron Whitehead, and Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock percussionist Juma Sultan. Whether on electric guitar, bass or oud (which he learned under Jordanian oud master Naser Musa), Thomas thrives on the artistic diversity of his projects, performing psychedelic hard rock, traditional Middle Eastern music and free jazz with the same verve. Bellier is currently active with the world music ‘Arabian fuzz’ psychedelic six-piece, Al-Qasar (ft. members of Tinariwen, Speed Caravan, Ekova) as well as with his thunderous psych prog outfit, Blaak Heat (Tee Pee Records/Svart Records). He played guitar in L.A. spaghetti western rock institution Spindrift from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, Bellier signed for publishing with BMG-Chrysalis and has contributed music to TV, film, and documentaries. He is currently composing the soundtrack of the upcoming Iranian-American documentary, Sometimes I Dream In Farsi.
On the other side of the studio glass, Thomas has worked on recording, mixing, and mastering sessions for the likes of the Deftones, Danzig, Soulfly, Behemoth, Monster Magnet, Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), and Marty Friedman (Megadeth). Bellier trained under Grammy-winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Deftones) and started engineering and producing records in 2014.
Bellier obtained a Masters in Public Administration from Science Po (Paris, France) in 2009 after an undergraduate exchange program in philosophy and sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He has contributed articles to Rolling Stone Magazine, Vice Magazine, leading French newspaper Libération, and New Political Science.
Thomas uses Supro amps & guitars and Sfarzo guitar strings.