A look back at late 2009… The Montreal club scene is still very much alive, but looking for a new
direction. Erik El and Bruno Brown 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 success of his soundtrack for the award-
winning television program Minuit le soir. All these beautiful people continue 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 faithful sidekick Jean-
Michel, with whom he’d enjoyed the adventure of the band Couch Potatoes at the turn of
the millennium. Now the stage is set. Add to the members of this freshly formed trio another
collaborator of long standing in the person of Nicolas: the others are all familiar with his mastery
of sonic creation, recently confirmed by composition work for the popular TV show 19-2. The
Monitor collective is born!
These four established figures on the Montreal electronic scene quickly get down to business
and in no time are serving up the first sketches for rhythms that will define their special sound.
The initial titles and remixes appear in early summer 2010 and are polished little by little as Erik
and Bruno try them out on their club audiences. A number of singers are invited to drop by their
studio. The material takes shape. The following months will be spent reworking it, 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 an original 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 be performing on the
1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, sometimes solely as DJs, sometimes with guest musicians or
voices. They’ll also be found every 2nd Saturday of the month at the Velvet club. For a pure and
potent sound – check out your Monitor!