Interviews

New Nostalgia: An Interview With Majid Jordan (With Full Audio!)

It’s always a nice surprise to hear that one of your favorite groups is coming to town. What can be even better? How about a phone conversation with them a day before they go on stage? This week, I had the privilege to speak with Majid Jordan, who were on their way to Montreal to perform the first show of their 2018 North American Tour. Here are the highlights from our 20 minute conversation.

Akeem: Welcome to Montreal. You guys have been here in the past, what do you look forward to when you get to Montreal?

Jordan: Just energy. Singing. Dancing. The crowd is incredible here. I always say one of the best crowds in the world


Pink Cocoon Live Session & Interview

As some of you might know, Montreal rock station CHOM cancelled their show focusing on local talent Montreal Rocks on Dec 31, 2017. If you want to hear great local stuff, we at CJLO want you to know that we're here for you and are dedicated to bringing you the best Montreal has to offer.
 

A Devil's Din @ CJLO!

Montreal psych band A Devil’s Din dropped by CJLO and joined host Clifton Hanger during Brave New Jams to talk about their new album, One Hallucination Under God. Getting ready for the official launch of the album on September 29, the band in pre-launch mode came equipped with a hard drive full of new tunes and instruments for a live acoustic set.


Lakes of Canada Come Out of Hiding to Play Osheaga Opening Party

Montreal’s own Lakes of Canada have been on a bit of a hiatus lately. After months on the road, Jake, Conor, Sarah and Caleb have been in the realm of the musician’s existence that privileges long days in the studio over long nights playing to noisy rooms. Luckily for us though, an offer to play a slot at the opening party of one of their favourite festivals coaxed them out of seclusion. 


Robert Robert on Flat Cola Presents

Monday July 10th be sure to set your alarms for 6pm because Honeydrip from Waves of Honey will be having Robert Robert as a guest on Flat Cola Presents. Robert Robert is a Montreal producer/DJ who has worked his way up in the industry alongside his good friends and fellow artists Thomas White and Ryan Playground. Recently signed to Nowadays Records in France, he released his 4th work "Welcome to Finetown" which is filled with beautiful electronic compositions and the first album where he shares with us his vocal capabilities.

Robert Robert is having a release party at Newspeak on July 15th. Honeydrip and Robert Robert are good friends so amongst discussing his music and release party expect some wacky and sarcastic conversations!


An Interview with Radiant Baby

An Interview with Paul van Dyk

This Saturday, Montreal will welcome Grammy-award winning DJ and electronic music producer Paul van Dyk at New City Gas as part of his ongoing North American tour. CJLO has taken the time to speak to the man himself about his upcoming show, his passion for music, and his newest music and plans.

How does it feel to be back in Montreal? Are there any memories you have of the city?

I’m thrilled to be back in Montreal, it’s certainly one of my favorite places to visit in Canada. I always feel so much genuine love from the crowds here.


An Interview With Hotkid's Shiloh Harrison

Toronto-based band Hotkid is only days away of their show this Saturday, at l'Espace des Mêmes, alongside Walrus and Miesha & The Spanks, presented by Analogue Addiction and yours truly, CJLO. We at the station had the chance to catch vocalist and lead guitarist Shiloh Harrison and ask her a few questions on Saturday's show, the band's upcoming album, Late Night Mornings, coming out May 5th, and more. 

Your new LP, Late Night Mornings, is soon hitting the shelves. What can you tell us about it? 


Interview: Briga on "Femme," Cultural Appropriation, and More

This past Wednesday, April 5th, Le Divan Orange hosted the launch of Femme, the fourth album by musician Brigitte Dajczer, better known as Briga. For the time of a night, the small Plateau venue was taken on a travel around the world, from the streets of Istanbul to the vast lands of Europe's Eastern countries. CJLO spoke with the artist herself on the inspiration behind Femme, cultural appropriation and its confusing concept, and more.


An Interview with Dutch Uncles' Robin Richards

Nearly a decade has passed since Manchester’s Dutch Uncles made their entrance on the scene with their self-titled debut album. However, the group’s newly released fifth album, Big Balloon, has critics calling it their best album to date. Shortly before the album’s release, Alex from Ashes to Ashes interviewed Robin Richards, bassist and main songwriter for Dutch Uncles, about the new record, “Dad rock,” and what advice he would have given to his 16-year-old self.

Image credit: Sebastian Matthes


An Interview with Peter Peter

It’s been five years since Peter Peter’s breakthrough album, Une version améliorée de la tristesse, was released, with the native Quebecer decamping to France in the interim. However, the artist has finally released his third album, Noir Éden, which has received glowing reviews since its release—thanks to its deft melange of pop structures and experimental sonics. Peter Peter kindly took the time to discuss the new album, songwriting, and more.

Image credit: Paul Rousteau


An Interview with Laurence Nerbonne

It’s been two years since Laurence Nerbonne took the plunge for a solo career after her former group Hôtel Morphée dissolved at the beginning of 2015. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she’s made, as her debut album, XO, was released last year to popular and critical acclaim. Nerbonne has no plans of slowing down yet, and is already working on new material. She kindly took the time to chat with CJLO about her creative process, Quebec pop music, and more.

Image credit: Kelly Jacob

It’s been nearly a year since your album XO came out. How has this past year been for you?


The Pressure Drop Checks in With Eddie Paul

Photo credit: Eddie Paul Facebook

Montreal musician Eddie Paul is one of the latest examples of unique local artists to develop a loyal fanbase from near and far, thanks to his unique genre-crossing, layered sound. The multi-instrumentalist recently caught up with CJLO's very own Danny Payne on the Pressure Drop to talk about the reaction to his debut album, his live lineup, and what direction Eddie Paul sees Eddie Paul heading in in the future. Here’s a transcribed excerpt from that interview. 


An Interview with Katie Stelmanis of Austra

When January 20th, 2017 was selected as the release date for Austras third album, Future Politics, the group did not have in mind that they would be sharing it with the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Regardless of the outcome of the U.S. election, Katie Stelmanis, Austra’s principal songwriter and overall mastermind, wrote the album as both a rejection of worldwide trends occurring in the past several years and as a possible way forward from here on out.


Au Contraire - An Interview with Philip Silverberg

Au Contraire Film Festival 2016

On Tuesday, October 18th, CJLO's At the Movies (With Iconic Sounds) had the opportunity to interview Philip Silverberg, who is one of the organizers of the Au Contraire Film Festival. The fourth edition of the festival starts next week, and strives to achieve awareness and advocacy for mental health issues. The festival runs from October 25th until October 28th. One thing is to note that Mr. Silverberg expressed is the distinction that this festival is more than your regular film festival.


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