Electro? Techno? Old? New? Al Green has a habit of both reinventing himself and pushing boundaries. As one half of Instra:mental, he helped develop a diverse and unique sound that crossed a range of styles and tempos within the drum and bass/electronica sphere. Now as Boddika he has created a raw, energetic and driving persona.
You might have already seen Ledisko spin at many of Montreal's nightclubs or at a hazy afterhours loft. As label manager for Turbo Recordings, his understanding of the dance-music game allows him to stay ahead of sonic trends and bring you the freshest tracks in contemporary dance music. He rides a fine line between banging and grooving, bringing energy and momentum to the dancefloor. He is currently a resident DJ at Datcha & Newspeak.
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Forage plays sounds of techno, minimal, future garage, dub & wonky. His productions are cavernous, textural, growling, all while retaining that mechanical funk of rhythm. Based in Montreal, but having cut his teeth in Edmonton, it's been 15 years since he first touched decks & a mixer. Now he's hopelessly technical and tries to blur the lines between DJing and live performance.
The Don has been responsible for events such as “Chillincypherizm” at Luba and Lola Lounge, as well as the weekly “Saturday Night Soul” events hosted by other 5 Starz member Mike Steven. The same duo now operates Fridays at En Cachette with DJ Raz. Their Oasis events at Salon Daomé feature the guests DJs from all over the world.
Soul P started his reputation as a DJ back in the days hosting the craziest house parties held in Montreal. As things progressed, he moved to Miami and joined the Dolce crew, which organized parties. Now part of the 5 Starz crew, Soul P is rising to the challenge of putting his own original music.
Psychedelic soul, jazz fusion, electro, afro-dub, deep & classic house are the main essences and influences that make up the foundation of Vyktor Maas’s sound. His current residencies include Oasis at Salon Daomé, the Thursday's bar, and Stogies.
Omni knows everything about his electronic world he's been living in for ten years already. He goes on the prowl, he hides between light and shadow, like an efficient predator. Omni has about twenty tracks and remixes in his arsenal, released with different labels such as Absolut Freak Records, Elektrofone Records, 4Play Trax and of course with Tasty Bytes, the label he co-founded with Alice & the Serial Numbers.
Les Limaces are Benoit Carreau (Melodule), Alexandre Caron and Philippe Girard (Phil Fiction). Benoit is an all-round musician who creates the trio’s original tracks and remixes self-made computer specialist Alexandre. Philippe is the team’s DJ. Together they can adapt themselves to any situation and subtly bring the crowd on a journey in their universe.
G.O'Brien (aka "G In The Box") first made a name for himself on the rave scene during summer of 1997, when Mini-Tank productions gave him the opportunity to start his nightlife career. Since then, G.O'Brien has played with major artists such as Sven Väth, Felix da Housecat or Vitalic. Basing his sets in electro, minimal and techno, during the 2000s he was a resident DJ in the most popular clubs in Montreal, like Sona and Aria Club.
Polyson (aka Marc-André Leroux) is a newcomer to Montreal’s electronic music scene. His sets come with a definitive aroma of progressive house and techno. Originally mixing for his friends, Polyson found his true passion and found the urge to transmit the good vibrations for everyone to enjoy. He truly knows how to match the mood of the dancefloor with a thoughtful mix of well-known floor-fillers and new hits.
Following a 4-year run as an emcee, GrandBuda left the world of jazz fusion to pursue projects as producer and DJ. Since then, he’s released several EPs available online. Recently he has gone back to his roots and picked up the mic, launching his first solo rap EP, Esclavos Del Rey, featuring collaborations with Kaytranada and Nick Wisdom.
Tristan Lawrence began his career in music in 2009 and by the end of 2013 had officially begun to play under his new identity, Nightizm. Following the success of his remixes, he released his debut EP, Renaissance. Since then, his original work has evolved, with hit track “Lavender” and the ambient “Alice”, featuring vocals by RYAN Playground.
Birthday Boy is part of a new wave of producers blending house, hip-hop, and neo-soul into a sound as familiar as it is innovative. Since its conception in March 2014, Birthday Boy's identity has grounded itself in his unique production style of shuffling basslines and fluid rhythm sections. After several infectious remixes, he dropped his debut EP, Colors, a smooth collection of afterhours funk.
Though the Robert Robert project got its start in March 2013, it’s something that’s been building ever since main musician Arthur began his piano lessons at the age of 5. His first album, Pastel, was released by the Silverstag label in 2014, and was followed by several videos, singles, and collaborations with other emerging artists.
From the lost Dance Mania gems he spends his time unearthing to forgotten Disco tracks to straight-up house and techno sets, the Glaswegian Numbers label co-founder Jackmaster has more options up his sleeve than just about any other DJ out there. Numbers boast such artists as Jessie Ware, SBTRKT, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke and Jamie xx.
A new player on the Montreal scene, the Das Mörtal alias started out as a nod to its creator’s time spent performing in Berlin. Das Mörtal is sci-wave electro, strongly influenced by 80’s American pop culture. Nostalgia pervades throughout, with frequent nods to French artists, from Vitalic to Steve Moore, College and beyond.
French-born, Montreal-based DJ/producer Fonkynson excels in nu-disco euphoria. After releasing his first EP in 2008 on the American Super HiFi label, he returned in 2013 with the “Thirsty” EP on British imprint Heavy Disco. He’s set to make more waves on the international scene this year with new material on Lisbon Lux.