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Folk Festival 2019

DJ Champion

Montréal, QC

DJ Champion

Maxime Morin (AKA DJ Champion) started playing guitar as a teenager, fully committing to guitar, bass and drums rock ’n roll in local punk and heavy metal bands. He has said the first step on his path to becoming one of Quebéc’s premier DJs was to gradually “lose his fear of dance music.” The process was well underway by the mid-’90s when he started producing his own dance music and performing in clubs in Montréal as Le Max or Mad Max. The transformation was complete when he eventually gave up playing guitar altogether, immersing himself in big beats and electronic music. But he never lost his love of heavy guitar. By the time he released the debut DJ Champion album Chill’em All (2005) he had developed a sound that incorporated heavily distorted guitar riffs into his dance beats and intricate electronic rhythms. This sound was crystallized in the breakthrough hit “No Heaven” featuring vocalist Betty Bonifassi turning a chain-gang era song into an electrifying anthem.

To carry off his sound live, Morin tours with the G-Strings, a band that usually consists of four guitars, bass and a vocalist with him working his laptop and conducting the group. Their performances are intense affairs veering from sweaty dance floor work outs to heavy walls of guitar riffing and ear worm grooves. Cover songs can include Black Sabbath and Nina Simone on the same night, leaving the audience alternately dancing, banging their heads and smiling all the way through.

Biography by Sean Myers

Concerts

A solo performance

Friday July 26, 2019

9:00 PM – 10:15 PM · National