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Montreal, Canada

Electro House, Techno


DJ and label manager for Lipstick Music, Ascend Music Group and currently resident at CIRCUS after-hours; Jean-Michel Cauvin a.k.a. Nivoc is an influential member of Montreal’s highly creative electronic music scene.

Having emigrated from France to Canada in 1994, he set up his labels to push local artists on the global market, and has helped produced many successful Montreal based techno 12" releases. As a DJ and A&R, he regularly travels around the world, to play gigs, recruit new talent and promote his labels.

During his two year residency at the infamous SONA club in Montreal, he worked alongside international DJs such as Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, and local star Tiga just to name a few. Lately he’s been working on multiple music related projects with partners and best friends Pascal B and Mateo Murphy.

Inspired by the many subtle and charismatic aspects of electronic music, he’s a proficient music cross-pollinator. Playing a hypnotic blend of diverse electronica, his DJ sets are best described as journeys through sophisticated sonic landscapes.

Lipstick is Montreal’s answer to the ever changing face of underground club music. Inspired by the new face of house music, Lipstick is dancefloor music with pop sensibility.

The brainchild of Montreal mainstays Nivoc (Ascend Recordings label), Pascal B (Circus after-hours resident DJ), Jacob Asher (DNA Records store) and Rick Cellere (illustrator and photographer for, this new label brings together underground talent and internationally acclaimed remixers for a new sound that ably proves once again that Montreal provides some of the best electronic music in the world.

Focusing on the sounds that have inspired many of those in the club scene over the last year, Lipstick is neither straight ahead house, techno, acid, or pop, but rather takes elements from each to make music that works on the dance floor, in your car, or at home.

Lipstick taps into a dynamic local pool of artists, producers, and DJs (Sean Kosa, Mateo Murphy, The Marlon Jacksons and Jasmin & Jul) who between them have resided over practically every club in the city over the last decade and have had releases on labels ranging from Turbo, Underwater, Buggeyed, and Tronic.

In short, be on the lookout for Lipstick to be the next big Canadian label, and to put the party back into your dance floor.