François Grillot was born in Burgundy France. His musical journey began in a marching band where he learned to play the trumpet. Soon after he began playing the guitar and electric bass in ballrooms. Grillot moved to New York and decided to study at City College. While studying with Harvie S, he learned to play the doublebass. His growth as a musician continued when he recorded two albums with Ed Russell, Dark Sun Records, Visions of Order, and Laws of Circonstance.