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On this page, you'll find the complete list of all the people who contributed in the making of PHASES.


PHASE 4 COLLABORATORS


There were none! (although I'll post a few words about Mathieu Jacques who's doing the video for the song right now!)



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PHASE 3 COLLABORATORS - P.I.E.C.E.S.

Pierre Lapointe -
If you were francophone, it's very likely that you would have heard the name Pierre Lapointe. He is probably one of the biggest name in French music, definitely so in Québec. It's always a funny experience to meet someone considered "famous" by some but that you immediately feel comfortable with after you meet them. Pierre is probablyone of the softest people I know. We were friends from the mo-

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ment wemet. He's an excentric but never overwhelmingly so. He has art in his heart. The words he wrote for P.I.E.C.E.S. are what made it interesting rythmically. There is no way the song would have been the same without him. What he wrote in a day would have taken me weeks... He is a pure talent. You can hear some of his own music here: www.pierrelapointe.com


Dominic Vanchesteing (bass, sound engineer) -
Dominic was involved in Phase 3 and contributed to the recording in different ways: he played the bass (wrote the parts for it too), did all the sound engineer on the vocals but also helped me with a couple of words in the song that didn't make too much sense musically and suggested - very wisely - to change a sentence or two (Pierre had told me to change anything I wanted in the text if needed). So that, I have to say was very helpful. You can read more about Dominic V. and our previous collaboration on New Design here. I have the feeling that Dominic is going to be involved in one single out of two throughout all of PHASES.

Philippe Roberge (guitar) - Philippe and I had met through Dominic V. last spring. I asked him to do a mastering job on a soundwalk project I was working on back then. Dominic told how great of a guitar player he was and because I wanted a specific type of guitar sound, I figured he was the guy to ask. He recorded the guitars in his studio. The first takes he did had a beautiful chord but it was doing something funny in the chorus... So I went to his studio and he recorded the chords in front of me (layers and layers of them). I was totally impressed with his playing... I was thinking "hmm next time I need guitar, he'll be the one". Hope it happens again. Oh, and Philippe also composed the short guitar part in the bridge - thought I'd mention it...

Guillaume Éthier (drums) -
Guillaume is Dominic's brother and an amazing drummer. Dominic and I recorded some drums last November. It was for Nova Heart (we didn't end up using those drums though) but also for an audioguide that I'm working on that talks about Expo67. I needed some retro sounding drums and Dominic asked Guillaume who accepted to work with us. The drum session sounded so good that I felt like using some bits for other things than just the audioguide: i.e. a Montag track! So all the drums you hear in P.I.E.C.E.S. where recorded without a metronome, and later chopped off and reassembled... I like how the drums sound and it's really thanks to Guillaume's vintage kit and Dominic's recording skills. I might use more excerpts from this session later on this year, who knows.

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PHASE 2 COLLABORATORS - TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC


Graham Van Pelt - Graham and I met for the first time in 2007. It was at a show in a park in Montreal... an event organized by Pop Montreal if I remember well. It was the first show of a Canadian tour that took us all the way to Vancouver... Now that was a LONG drive. But we had such an amazing time. Probably one of my best trips accross Canada (yes there were a few more!). Graham is an amazingly talented musician and I was really grateful that he accepted helping me producing the song for Phase 2. Here is his website.

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PHASE 1 COLLABORATORS- NEW DESIGN
Click on the different collaborators' names to read more about them.

Dominic Vanchesteing
- Musician, composer and music producer. Worked on NEW DESIGN and NOVA HEART as a sound engineering

and producer. Played the guitar on Nova Heart. Could also be called the "motivator extraordinaire" behind PHASES! Lives in Montreal.

Liane Balaban - Actor. Sang on NOVA HEART. Canadian 80s music fan. Best smile ever, hands down. Lives in L.A.

Jérémie Battaglia - Photographer and video artist. Directed the video for New Design. Lives in Montreal. Here is his website.

Curious Flux / Francisco Castro Miranda
- Graphic designer and artist. Also known as "Paco". Will produce one artwork cover each month, for each PHASES' releases. Lives in Guadalajara. Here is his website.

AND NOW FOR THE LONG STORY...

Dominic Vanchesteing

We met in the fall of 2009. I was doing the sound for a theatre play and I needed to record some classical piano parts. And a friend recommended that I'd contact Dominic because he had access to a grand piano. We basically had one recording sessions together and it felt like we had already been friends. I simply knew that we'd work together again. So here we are, years later, with the fruit of our first collaboration. It's definitely thanks to Dominic's encouragements that I decided to go ahead with the PHASES project. He's been of a tremendous support. Something tells me that we'll work on more PHASES singles together.

What he had to say about our collaboration:

"One hot summer evening, at the Cinémathèque, Antoine confessed to me to being 'done with records'.

I jumped.

'What' I said. 'How can you say that ?' I asked, shaken by the horrifying thought of Pop Music losing one of its most talented craftsman. A fella who had given trillions of brain cells in search of the perfect sound, the ultimate encapsulation of thought and sensuality. I must add I also didn't want to be accused of not helping a friend in need. A duty to rescue, so to speak. I'm like that.

'People don't buy records anymore. Besides, it's so much work...' he said, looking vaguely at his hands.

The man had it the bottom of the pool.

Now, we can all agree that 'a lot of work' is a relative notion, but Pop Music is a slavedriver and not everyone is built for it. A whole album takes a lot out of someone. And the hours suck.

'But still...' he whispered. His eyes twinkled for a second. I knew then it had just been a passing storm.

By sundown and many drinks later, Antoine had regained his courage. He was ready to tackle the beast once more, with his head full of sweet chords, his mind tweaking imaginary oscillators. Giddy like a schoolboy at the idea of meeting our dearest new friend Liane.

Once again - by design - eager to be both playfully naive and broodingly inventive.

All for the love of the art of Pop."

- Dominic Vanchesteing

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Liane Balaban

I first saw Liane in front of the Jailhouse Rock Café (it's closed down since), in Montreal. It was during a soundcheck: Kahimi Kari, Momus and Toog were playing that night. Momus was late and arrived with James Distasio (of Bran Van 3000) and a gorgeous girl who had a really distinctive clothing style. I remember feeling intimidated by her. I found out months later that she was a quite famous Canadian actor and that Momus and her had recorded a song in Montreal that same day I saw her. It was released on Bran Van 3000's Discosis album and I remember really liking her voice right away.

Years later, we meet again. With Dominc Vanchesteing. We decide to collaborate and Liane suggest that we start by doing a cover, just to see how it'll work between us. She picks the song "Nova Heart". Dominic and I loved the song and a few weeks later, it was recorded and mixed! There is a genuine kindness with Liane. She glows. The recording session was one the best time I ever had in a studio. There was just electricity in the air and the chemistry between the three of us was great right from the start. We had very little time together but we managed to get it done. We already talked about working together some more... It will happen, I can just feel it.

A few words from Liane:

"Working on Nova Heart was fun and easy, because Dominic and Antoine are both so open-minded and relaxed. They were sweetly enthusiastic about my suggestion to cover this old Spoons song, and effusive in the recording studio. The whole collaboration was a surprise to me (which began with an out of the blue email from Dominic, whom I had met at a dinner party years ago). I am so honored to have worked with two of the nicest songwriters in Montreal. I want to keep covering obscure 80s new wave songs with them. KonKan anyone?"

- Liane Balaban

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Jérémie Battaglia

Jérémie and I met at a common friend's dinner party, at end of summer 2011. We immediately got along. A few months later, I was looking for someone to share my studio space and he contacted me. He hasn't moved in the studio yet but we already spent quite a bit of time in that space as we shot the video for New Design in there on the weekend of January 7th. We had such a blast despite our very limited means. Luckily, we had an amazing group of friends who helped us making it look great. Mostly, I think it was Jérémie's determination and amazing focus that made the video look the way it does not. Jérémie's friend Marc-André Thomassin also contributed greatly to the project with his technical direction and his post-production skills. Jérémie just knew how to direct the shooting with focus and rigor but keeping it fun for everyone. Again, it feels like more collaborations between the two of us are yet to come... It makes sense especially because we'll be sharing the same work place soon!

Here's a few words (in French) that Jérémie wrote about our collaboration:

"Travailler avec Antoine, c'est faire un saut dans l'inconnu. Avec le sourire.

Lors de la préparation du clip, j'étais épaté par sa bonne humeur permanente, sa confiance totale dans les gens et son désir de découvrir de nouveaux horizons. D'ailleurs cette bonne humeur transforme complètement l'ambiance de travail. Sur le tournage de NEW DESIGN, malgré les (très) longues journées de travail, l'énergie était toujours positive et Antoine attentif au bien être de chacun.

NEW DESIGN, est une chanson lumineuse, mais empreint d'une certaine mélancolie. Dans la vidéo on souhaitait faire ressortir cette ambivalence : un homme seul dans un espace vide, presque clinique, qui va se modifier au fil de la chanson. Le blanc devient noir, le vide se remplit, la lumière rentre, la danse devient cathartique.

Avec notre budget minime de 500 dollars, nous avons dû beaucoup improviser. Il n'était pas toujours évident de reproduire les images que j'avais en tête. Mais de ces difficultés nous avons essayé de faire nos forces, assumer la simplicité du clip.

Au final l'expérience même du tournage valait tout le travail effectué, grâce à une petite équipe formidable, entièrement dévouée au projet d'Antoine. Car Antoine est à l'image de sa musique : fédérateur, spontané et définitivement optimiste.

- Jérémie Battaglia

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Curious Flux / Francisco Castro Miranda

J'ai rencontré Francisco (que j'appelle toujours Paco) à Guadalajara à l'été 2006. C'était dans le cadre d'un festival dont Xiu Xiu était la tête d'affiche. Je n'ai passé que quelques jours là-bas mais cela a suffit pour qu'une grande amitié naisse entre nous. Quelques années plus tard, je retournais au Mexique pour quelques concerts et Paco avait même fait le design de t-shirts pour la petite tournée. Il a définitivement une imagination éclatée, un vrai esprit de créateur. Je pense aussi que ses origines ont forcément une influence sur son approche esthétique qui est toujours très personnelle. Son travail me semble toujours "nouveau", parfois à l'inverse des tendances qu'on peut suivre en ligne. Je suis vraiment très heureux qu'il ait accepté de participer à PHASES avec la création de 12 pochettes différentes, représentant chaque single.

Voici comment Francisco décrit son travail pour PHASES:



"Geometrics, phases, sounds, layers, fades, vertex.

The play of basic geometries, the result, a shape that can be transformed each time it wants to mutate, generating phases using the similar lines, curves or angles, as a simple but abstract interpretation of the tracks created by MONTAG and his collaborators.

The shape supports a series of images/stills extracted by some video-clips that can be appreciatted/seen in every phase/step/part of this musical project, the color range can be interpreted as a clue to expect what you're about to listen."

- Francisco Castro Miranda

 


   
    graphic design and Phases artwork by Curiousflux