Interviews

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.


Next Music from Tokyo vol. 9 - An Interview with Steven Tanaka

Few events excite Canadian fans of Japanese music as much as the Next Music from Tokyo tours. On Saturday October 1st, CJLO's own Japanese indie music specialist DJ Lawrell of Fukubukuro (Sundays @ 11 AM - 12 PM) called and chatted with Next Music from Tokyo organizer Steven Tanaka, just in time for the ninth edition of the tour. The Montreal show will be tonight, at Le Divan Orange, at 7 PM!

Eclipse 2016 - An Interview with David Starfire

Sitting at the beach on a hot summer day in Sainte-Thérèse-de-la-Gatineau, Thinkbox sat with composer and mutli-instrumentalist David Starfire during Eclipse Festival to chat about travelling, collaborating on music with cultures from around the world, and the spirituality of today's youth.


Thinkbox: This is coming to you from the beach at Eclipse Festival. I am sitting here with David Starfire.

David Starfire: Hey, How's it going?


The Machine Stops Meets Woulg: Interview with Greg Debicki

Festival season is in full swing, and just around the corner is the five-day psytrance and techno extravaganza known as Eclipse Festival. It takes place this year in Sainte-Thérèse-de-la-Gatineau, where all will be surrounded by beautiful scenery, but most of all, by beautiful music. I had the opportunity to talk to Montreal-based composer and new media artist Woulg last week about his music and his perception of the psychedelic scene. Initially I told him the interview was going to be twenty minutes long and we ended up talking for almost an entire hour.


CJLOXJFL THE COMMONWEALTH CONUNDRUM INTERVIEWS

On Tuesday, April 26th, The Commonwealth Conundrum held special broadcast live from Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival! Rebecca Munroe from The Commonwealth Conundrum (Tuesdays at 6pm) hosted the show with Patricia Petit Liang from Fatal Attraction (Mondays at 11am)! Together, they conducted amazing surprise interviews with some of JFL's most charming performers! #JFLMTL

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LOCKED OUT FRINGE SPECIAL: Interview with Of Mud and Mirth!

On Wednesday, June 8th, Sam Obrand from CJLO's Jonny and Cupcakes and Patricia Petit Liang from Fatal Attraction teamed up for a surprise interview with the wildly charming, hilarious and sometimes musical sketch comedy troupe: Of Mud and Mirth! Jillian Welsh,Tyler Morgan, Andrew Harris, Cameron LaPrairie and Alexandra Best came to promote their St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival masterpiece Rocket to Fame!


A Chat with Joey King

The World Film Festival is a Montreal festival that ran from August 27th till September 7th this year. On Saturday September 5th, Borealis, a dark comedy, premiered from director Sean Garrity and screenwriter Jonas Chernick. I had the privilege to interview Joey King, who plays Aurora in the film, and we discussed everything from her role in the film, to working with the independent minds of Zach Braff and James Franco. Joey also took the time to talk about some of her favorite iconic sounds from cinema.


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