How did you get your initial start in music?
We each have different backgrounds individually but as a band we started jamming in the year 2000 – just vocals, drums and guitar, then started writing some songs. The first song that we did together was ‘Vaporous’. After that we ended up recording several demo EPs and did some shows in Montreal
Elsieanne: I started singing at the age of 6 and grew up in a family of musicians. At the age of 12 started playing guitar and then violin. It was after seeing my grand father perform with his orchestra and later seeing Phil Collins live that I wanted to become a musician/singer
Stephane: From an early age I became musically aware – music was first an escape and I was passionate about starting a band, but It wasn’t until the age of 16 when I knew I wanted to play the drums. For me music started by playing in a band.
What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
Elsieanne: My aim in the industry is to be able to continue staying true to our work and not have to change who you are in order to please others.
I wish the industry did not want to change artists to become more commercial all because they need to make money. It would be great if labels would develop artists to their max potential and let them be.
Stephane : My ultimate aim would be to keep continuing on this path that we have already being on for the last 16 years as a band. In terms of goals, I would like to see our music get proper sync licenses, to find the right home for the songs. Our music can be described as cinematic in many ways, and a perfect for film soundtracks. I want more people to discover this music by playing shows as well as continuing recording albums and to continue generating a steady fan base.
How long have you been writing your own music?
Elsieanne: Since the age of 13. I recorded my first demo EP at 14 with just guitar and vocals.
Stephane: I have always been in bands that creates original music. With the band Elsiane, 17 years.
Who are your top three influences and why?
Elsieanne: Peter Gabriel, Yma Sumac, Massive Attack
First major influence: Tool because they are a band that has always followed their own rules, and kept the mystery in what they have always done. Their art is as important as music and they have never shied away from that. They have proved that you can get away with what you want in the music industry. As a drummer, I was very influenced by compositional drummers like Danny Carey from Tool.
Second influence: Massive Attack because they have created a unique style of music which has inspired me for many years. The darker elements of Massive Attack are what I enjoy the most as well as the different collaborations they do with the many talented singers and musicians involved with the band.
Third: NIN (Trent Reznor) because he continuously tries to push the envelope with every new album and has never let his guard down.
Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
Elsieanne: This album is made to inspire other artists to stay true to who they are and not give up no matter how hard the road may be.
Stephane: We would rather people make up their own minds about what they hear on this album, but I guess that you must see the darkness before you can see the light.
Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
We’re based in Montreal. Indie rock seems to be a favourite here since the early 2000s. There’s a big electronic scene as well, we don’t pay too much attention on what’s happening here but some favourite venues include: Club Soda, La Tulipe, Gesu, Place des Arts.
Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
Caroline Plante, Curious Case, Patrick Watson.
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