A look back at late 2009… The Montreal club scene is stillvery much alive, but looking for a new direction. Erik El and BrunoBrown multiply DJ sets as part of their various residencies; musician-producer Jean-Michel Lapointe carries on experimenting in the studio;guitarist-producer Nicolas Maranda explores fresh avenues following the successof his soundtrack for the award-winning television program Minuit le soir. All these beautiful peoplecontinue to evolve, and at the same time they’re looking for the spark that will create a brand-new impact.
While he carries on DJing with Bruno, Erik El meets up again with his faithfulsidekick Jean-Michel, with whom he’d enjoyed the adventure of the band Couch Potatoes at theturn of the millennium. Now the stage is set. Add to the members of this freshly formedtrio another collaborator of long standing in the person of Nicolas: the others are allfamiliar with his mastery of sonic creation, recently confirmed by composition work for the popular TVshow 19-2. The Monitor collective is born!
These four established figures on the Montreal electronic scene quickly getdown to business and in no time are serving up the first sketches for rhythms that will definetheir special sound. The initial titles and remixes appear in early summer 2010 and are polished littleby little as Erik and Bruno try them out on their club audiences. A number of singers are invitedto drop by their studio. The material takes shape. The following months will be spent reworkingit, fine-tuning it and transforming it to arrive at the final product, namely the first,eponymous, album: Monitor.
It’s often said that electronic dance music above all reflects a state of mind.The new Montreal lineup is here to confirm that truth in the finest possible way with anoriginal sound that captivates body and mind with equal effectiveness. As they spread their wings,Monitor is starting a biweekly residency at the after-hours club Circus, where they’ll beperforming on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, sometimes solely as DJs, sometimes with guestmusicians or voices. They’ll also be found every 2nd Saturday of the month at the Velvetclub. For a pure and potent sound – check out your Monitor!