Line-up /Moevalith (Projekt Underdog / Akarien)
BENDER (Confused Recordings / Noctambules / Circus Afterhours)
VJ Bandit (Projekt Underdog)
Last saturday, all eyes were set on 4445 St-Laurent for the first of what looks like many successful tech nights at Academy Nightclub. The rain, cold and Habs defeat didn't discourrage Montreal's Underground from attending this one, and if we had a few players missing (shout out to James planting trees and Darina "studying" (cough cough) in London...), the core of the Future Family was representing solid on the dancefloor. Paul R swinged an even set from 10:15 to midnight, and unfortunately most of you arrived only at the end of his mentalist funk-tech session. Hakim took control of the decks until 1:30 in what would've been a flawless set hadn't been from a certain lady's overexcitement at seing pimpin' PaulR by his side (Annie, we love you all the more). VJ Bandit was on fire, and the visuals certainly helped set the special vibe that kept everyone dancing their ass off all night. Moevalith was at the decks for the last hour and a half and delivered the sickest set he's dropped on our ears since Eargasmatron in the Velvet cave back in november 2007, and I can only rejoice at the perspective of hearing his upcoming demo - look for it before LUNATECH kicks off this saturday at Academy, with guest Bender.
“Felt hat, nails painted black, and the fury intense: at 21, Moevalith appeared number one on James Zabiela's 2oo6 April Top 10 Chart, and his fan-base keeps growing in and out of Montreal. Recently signed with talented local electro label Akarien, Moevalith has opened SUGR2 at Theatre Sans Fil Februrary 16 and played Overdose Loves Akarien at Parking Nightclub April 17th. Organizing underground EDM nights at the velvet club since last April, including the very successful TecktoniQ 0.1 January 5th. Playing a dark, twisted and cutting edge tek sound distinctly his own, Moevalith has managed to build a reputation for himself worthy of a star in the making. His managerial skills shine through his determination, leadership and vision of his latest creation, Projekt Underdog.”
The DJ selects the tracks that suit his style: hard bass drums, wide-open hats, crunchy snares, abnormal hooks, elastic acid bass lines, industrial and galactic atmosphere intertwine within the genres of tek-house, acid-house, techno and minimal. His past led him through turntables, amateur mixers and trance influences to make him a CDJ junkie, obsessed with Allen & Heath mixers with the highest respect for the nurture and nature of the scene in Berlin, Germany. Influenced by the likes of Sven Vath, Lee Burridge, Damian Lazarus, James Holden, Ritchie Hawtin, James Zabiela, Matt Tolfrey and Montreal talents Preach, Pheek, Mini and all residents of Aria Nightclub, he’s inclined toward dark, underground venues where comfort breeds opportunity for a challenge: headphone-less beatmixing being on top of the list. Recently getting in with Montreal-based event organizers and artistic circle Akarien, having already played alongside established and up-and-coming locals G'Obrien, X-Cube, Viktor Destin, Driss, Creator, LeBoucher & Kressel and Hakim Guelmi, and with resounding support for all E.D.M. underdogs and a multitude of artists and organizers (Diskho, Eresys, Microzoo, Mini, Maus, Creator & Ravemontreal, Indamix, Dirty Stereobar, Rave.ca, Tech-Safari, Noerg…), it is safe to say that the DJ’s future looks very bright.
The producer desires to contribute his unique vision of sound via Propellerheads Reason and Wavelab. Past endeavors prove that hard work pays off, with the track “eQwhipe” reaching number 1 on James Zabiela’s April 2006 chart. Prone to be inspired by anything between BBC’s “The Office”, the Alien movies and classical scores the producer’s tracks resemble those of Marc Ashken, Troy Pierce, James Zabiela and Pheek yet remain distinctly his own. It is through the producer that the past, present and future have the clearest roles: numerous unfinished and unnoticed projects helped to evolve the ear of the producer so that his creations are heard by the industry’s heavyweights. His most recent production, Smoking Ban (Moevalith’s Bad Scene Mix), solidifies his unique vision’s place in the scene and with close ties to already established producers like Marc Ashken who promises a spot in the near future Leftroom Recordings sublabel Left Of Centre, the future for the producer is not unlike the DJs. Bright.
The promoter believes in the E.D.M. sound and wants to spread it. The youngest of the three, mostly known to promote fresh electronic intimate dance music events that feature healthy underdog talents, the promoter has been pushing his own and other organized events at the Velvet Club since April 2007, while also promoting the bigger events he believes in such as Diskho's Damian Lazarus night at Stereo and Akarien’s Electro-Chic. Genuine in his support and promotion, when it comes to his own events, he holds total control over promotion, graphics, bookings, finance and other PR-related matters. Having achieved a solid status with the Velvet Club and continuing to do so, Salon Daome standing to be conquered by early 2008 and always for the lookout to promote fresh new talent, the promoter stands alongside the DJ and the producer as moevalith, the artist who personifies all three, can’t help but feel happy about answering that calling and excited about the bright future that lies ahead.
“Bandit, aka Nick Benidt, is one of Montreal’s newest and most innovative VJ’s. As a Film Production student at Concordia University he brings with him a cinematic understanding and knowledge of images and their history. By stretching his images to the limits of ones imagination through digital abstraction, and by using a large variety of old and unconventional images during performances, he is able to stand in a category all of his own. Ladies and gents, keep both eyes peeled for the newest member of Projekt Underdog, the future of nocturnal Cinematics. ”
With over ten years of experience behind him, the Ottawa-born former triathlon athlete has been shaking things up, breaking down doors and taking all the steps necessary to ensure that he can be the next Montréal DJ to reach international acclaim.
For Bender, the adventure truly began 18 months ago as he instigated No Excuse Sundays at Balroom. The classy St-Laurent venue welcomed Montréal's tech-house DJs every Sunday for a year before moving to Stereobar in November 2006. Out of town guests included A Guy Called Gerald, Claude Vonstroke, DJ Remo & Stephan Bodzin.
During this period, Bender's sound evolved to encompass a wider array of melodic, minimalist tech-house. Bender's musical approach is to obtain the maximum impact with sonically uncluttered tracks that, by their visceral nature, ensure that everyone on the dance floor will have burnt the rubber off of their dancing shoes before the night is over.
In 2006, Bender took No Excuse to the next level and organized a massive event at Théâtre Sans-Fil. Clubbers danced to the German-engineered tech-house rhythms of Oliver Huntemann, Stephan Bodzin & Xenia Beliayeva during an all-night party that stands out as 2006's best party.
Other career highlights include an appearance at Piknic Electronik and opening for John Dahlbäck at the Darling Foundry.
As 2007 begins, Bender can be heard frequently at the internationally-renowned Stereo nightclub. Bender also holds his new night, Panorama, at Mile End bar every Saturday night. He has also joined the Dizzy Tuesdays team, replacing Vincent Lemieux (Musique Risquée) at Montréal's famed minimal off-night happening.
This year, Bender has already appeared alongside John Digweed, Audiofly, Infected Mushrooms, Benny Benassi, Booka Shade, DJ Koze, Ernesto, James Holden & The Mole. His own productions will be released released on two major European labels, one of which is the Oliver Huntemann’s label: Confused recordings.
Avec plus de 10 ans d’expérience derrière lui, l’ancien triathlète né à Ottawa en a brassé des choses, passant par toutes les étapes nécessaires pour s’assurer d’être le prochain dj montréalais à atteindre le niveau international.
Pour Bender, l’aventure a réellement commencé il y a environ 18 mois, lorsqu’il a créé les No Excuse Sundays au Balroom. Ce bar de classe de la rue St-laurent a accueilli les djs tech-house de Montréal pendant un an avant de déménager au Stereobar en novembre 2006. Les djs invités à cette soirée incluent A Guy Called Gerald, Claude Von Stroke, Dj Remo et Stephan Bodzin.
Durant cette période, le son de Bender s’est élargi pour atteindre un vaste champs mélodique, minimaliste et tech-house. L’approche musicale de Bender est d’obtenir le maximum d’impact avec des sonorités de nature très viscérales, et de s’assurer que chaque danseur brûle les semelles de ses souliers avant la fin de la soirée.
En 2006, Bender amène No Excuse à un autre niveau et organise un événement majeur au Théâtre sans fil. Les gens ont dansés aux rythmes tech-house ingénieux des Allemands Stephan Bodzin, Oliver Huntemann et Xenia Beliayeva, dans une soirée qui s’est terminée le lendemain matin et qui est classé comme le meilleur événement de 2006.
Une prestation aux Piknics Électroniks et un set d’ouverture pour John Dahlback à la Fonderie Darling lors d’un événement Diskho figurent parmis les moments forts de sa carrière.
En 2007, Bender pourra être entendu fréquemment au club de renommée internationale, le Stereo nightclub. Bender possède aussi une nouvelle résidence, Panorama, vous permettant de l’entendre à chaque samedi au Mile End bar. Il s’est de plus joint À l’équipe Dizzy, remplaçant ainsi Vincent Lemieux (Musique Risquée) à cette soirée minimale maintenant connue à Montréal.
Cette année, Bender a déjà performé aux côtées de John Digweed, Audiofly, Infected Mushrooms, Benny Benassi, Booka Shade, Dj Koze, Ernesto, James Holden et The Mole. Ses productions apparaitront cette année sur 2 labels européens majeurs, dont l’un est le label de Oliver Huntemann : Confused recordings.
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