The king of the night, Mr. Nokturn graced us with a great interview. We are thrilled to be working with the man that brings Montreal some of the best local electronic music in the city. We love his sounds because not only are they bass banging rave killers, but they posses an unheard of amount ofenergy and originality. Throw on his tunes, crank up your speakers and read about the guy that blows up stages wherever he goes, Mr. Nokturn!
Besides the Bloody Beetroots and D-Noy, two artists/groups you look up to, where do you find the inspiration and motivation to create such unique and wonderful sounds in your music?
The inspiration is everywhere. When you can take a walk, do it. The art is everywhere. You have 5 sense and every sense is unique for helping you finding inspiration! I like to listen to very old music, it help me to find a way in the new one!
You started creating and mixing electronic music at the young age of just 13, in all of that time what is the best experience your electronic DJ life has brought you?
I can tell you that every new experience is better and better. That help me to see that I am on the good way. But the 'End of the world' show with SJU was one of my best I think. Crazy sound!
Your ideals of all ravers being equal, no bouncers, no v.i.p. and all other things that keep you as an exclusive underground electronic artist are deeply valued. Do you ever see yourself changing any of these to become more mainstream with more money, fans, popularity?
There's a good way and a bad way to become mainstream. You can do like the 'commercial' or 'popular' artist to do like the grand public know, or you can make know your art, and develop your fan base with a fidel crowd. I wish I can have more fans, like every artist want. But I dont want fans because I make music like a popular artist and copy him.
What kind of person are you targeting to come to your shows and groove the night away with Mr. Nokturn?
Every kind of person who like electronic music. Just, everybody. I love variety, and in Montreal, we have the chance to have a multicultural crowd. It's a gift!
Have to ask like we ask most artists, here is your chance to say anything to your fan base in Montreal. What does Nokturn have to say to his fans?
Thank you for being amazing like this. For being here for the love of the music, and thank you for your fidelity. But the most amazing thing is that I have real friends and fans that following me from the beginning!
What can we expect from you in the near future as far as new ep’s, lp’s, singles, or live shows?
I'm about to release my first EP, but I want to work on a concept first. I want it to be unique....I think me and my team can impress you!
Are there any other Montreal artists you have worked with or plan on working with that you could predict more collaborations with in the future?
Collaboration are a key for the succes. I want to do my own production first, and after that, trying to collaborate! More collaboration, more fun!
What’s your favorite way to loosen up for a show? (drink, drank, drunk..etc)
I like to be in the crowd and talking to the people. I want to know what they like. After all, I am Dj because I am from the crowd!
What is your main hang out pad here in Montreal as far as night life goes?
The Belmont is a classic. When you talk about the Belmont, the first word you think about it is 'family'. But I like to discovered new places! I try new hot spot every weeks. It is nice for the inspiration too!
Anything else you wish to share?
I want to tell the world that Montreal is the best place in the world! Haha. And also, MTL Blog is NUTS! :D
Igloofest is right around the corner! This year it happens to start Thursday, January 12th and lasts until Saturday, Feburary 4th. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday between those dates are filled with superb DJs! But, there are specific DJs you should definitely look out for in 2017 at Igloofest!
The list below composes of some of the most popular DJs performing at Igloofest and some local upcoming home favourites! So, be sure to pick and choose your dates wisely! Or hey, why not just go see them all!
Montreal has been feeling the first wave of heat this week and Montrealers are ready for some partying! And it's just your luck, this weekend, there's a huge choice of event happening around the city, like the MAC transforming it's space to welcome partygoers and Tommy Kruise lighting up the scene at Le Belmont to celebrate CODA's departure from the venue.
So many great events and so little time before Monday! Don't worry, MTL Blog Events has all the ins on the hottest places to dance the night away or grab a drink in good company!
Thursday, April 16th
Les Jeunes Jeudis avec Loud & Lary. Every thursday, the new age quebecer rap group, Loud Lary Ajust, takes over the turntables! Spinning everything current from Trap to Hip-Hop anthems you still can't get out of your head, this is where you'll want to be if you need a break from your week! View Event>
Kahn with Lexis, Son Raw and Dubspecter at Newspeak. Bringing his punk rock infused sound with him,Khan will be crossing seas tomorrow to come and party at the finest, new spot in Montreal, Newspeak! View Event>
Trashback Thursdays: Open Deck with Mr.Nokturn, Double Trouble, and special Guests. Trash Family is set to TRASH the TRH-Bar (was that too much?) this thursday! Cheap drinks and good company is all you'll find here! View Event>
Friday, April 17th
#LECYPHER Week 22: Tribute to the Pioneers of Hip-Hop. Come enjoy a night of live music and soul food at Le Cypher. Celebrating some of Hip-Hop's pioneers, come dance to some funky bass! View Event>
Les Printemps du MAC 2015 : META. Friday night, indulge in chic affairs and an open bar stacked by Grey Goose and Bombay at the MAC. Transformed for the purpose of the event, it's the opportunity to enjoy art like never before, to the sounds of Dj Thomas H! View Event>
The Grand Finale: Tommy Kruise, Ryan Playground, J.u.D, Thomas White & Dear Lola. Set to be an historic happening, Tommy Kruise, Ryan Playground and others promised to give epic performances! Are you ready to drink & dance? View Event>
Omarion at Viva Lounge. We just announced Drake coming to Montreal, but the city is already welcoming a star this week! Omarion, of B2K fame, will be hosting your party at Viva Lounge this Friday. Come drink and party under the sun with Omarion! View Event>
Tokyo Flex Fridays. If you're a Saint-Laurent kind of person, and even if you're not to be honest, Tokyo is known to all to be the place to find yourself in good company, with good music every Friday nights. View Event>
Saturday, April 18th
Blockhead with Elaquent, DJ Brace & In_The_Valley. Fresh off it's opening, Newspeak keeps the party going every weekend! This Saturday, get to experience the sounds of Blockhead and In_The_Valley ! View Event>
Luxe with Shaydakiss, A-Rock and Hatchy. Get dressed up and come party with the always enchanting Shaydakiss at Velvet this Saturday! View Event>
Richie Hawtin presents: CNTRL. Bringing his campus tour to Montreal, Richie Hawtin will be mixing technology and music to get you on your feet. Add some alcohol to the equation and your night is sure to be a good one! View Event>
Jazz & Illa: Fresh off the release of his new single "Strippers", catch Illa J performing over live soul music every sunday at Honey Martin with FAWNA & ATAMONE. If you dread your Monday mornings, this is the place to lounge at on a Sunday. View Event>
Montreal is ending this month March Madness style, and we're not talking about basketball. From Newspeak's grand opening weekend, to amazing art exhibits and markets, to Vilify's return to Montreal, you better be ready to bounce around the city like a ball on the court in the championship game. Check out where MTL Blog Events thinks you have to be this weekend so you can jump into April as a winner.
Thursday, March 26th
Newspeak Opening With Ben Pearce, Tessela, Egyptrixx, Buck Smith, and Untold. This is the first event of many at this awesome new speakeasy-style venue. With THUMP and ILOVENEON by their side, the kick off of Newspeak's opening weekend is not to be missed! View event>
Fridge Door Gallery's Pre-Vernissage Party at Blue Dog. Come hang with the FDG fam the night before their new vernissage opening at their gallery the following day. View event>
Monroe at En Cachette does thirsty Thursday right with drink specials all night long and delicious Hip-Hop beats spun by Empress and Emma Beko. View event>
#Trashbackthursdays at TRH-Bar is one of our favorite weekly events. Trash family does not mess around when it comes to partying and skating. This week MaximiZer and Pullinsky will join the party for a dope open deck sesh. View event>
ICRF Experience Fashion Show at Concoria is the perfect way to celebrate style while supporting a good cause. All proceeds from the show go to cancer research centres in both Montreal and Israel. View event>
MELT at Blizzarts is celebrating 1 year of the label's Thursday event. Everyone will be out for their banging beats. Cheers to another year homies! View event>
Friday, March 27th
Big Jay Oakerson at Theatre Sainte-Catherine will lighten up your weekend with a little comedy. Come check out the first edition of The Brunch Club comedy series with the filthy sweetness of this NYC-based comedian. View event>
Newspeak Opening Weekend Day 2 With Wankelmut, Robert Robert, and Matheus. The debut weekend of this snazzy club continues with even more talented artists from Montreal and afar. View event>
Shaydakiss and M. Bootyspoon at Datcha will have the dance floor turned up to a whole new level. If you don't know these homies' beats, you gotta come through to hear their sweet, sweet sounds. View event>
A Fridge Door Gallery Presents Reveries Art Vernissage at McGill's SSMU Ballroom. For this year’s edition of Nuit Blanche at McGill, FDG invites you to "come escape the monotony and dreariness of real life for a white night of dazed and lucid dreams." View event>
Get Nice Friday's at Blizzarts is poppin' on Fridays with Hip-Hop all night spun by one of our local favorite's Simahlak. View event>
Saturday, March 28th
AUN's "Fiat Lux" Album Launch at SAT. Cosmic industrial duo AUN will forge their ambient-psychedelia into a glitchy, pulsing, waking dream experience in one of the best venues in Montreal. View event>
Fly Ladies 3 With Dr. MaD, Walla P, And Toast Dawg at Le Bleury Bar à Vinyl is for you if you're trying to get funky fresh, future style. No bad vibes, only fresh beats. View event>
Fight4Pride Championship 3 at Centre Sport Xpo is a must see this weekend if you are a fan of combat sports. This event brings the art of fighting to Montreal. View event>
Luxe with Shaydakiss and Vilify at Velvet. With our beloved Vilify back from Berlin for an unknown amount of time, you can't miss this event featuring her and lovely lady Shaydakiss. Come get crunk in class. View event>
Newspeak Opening Weekend Day 3: Soulection Showcase With Esta, IAMNOBODI, Jay Prince, Joe Kay And Noo-Bap. The last day of Newspeak's grand opening weekend might just be the best -- especially if you are a Soulection fan. Come get groovy on the new dance floor. View event>
Fresh Paint Market 3 at Fresh Paint Gallery is a beautifully curated, monthly art market which reunites the heterogeneous community of local creators around their productions: street wear, goodies, art, prints & serigraphy, jewels, micro edition, and much much more.View event>
BLVD44 Saturdays is a great place to go out clubbing with your besties. View event>
Sunday, March 29th
Sugar Shack Brunch Party 2015 at Santos Tapas Bar. Come check out the crazy decor, beats by Dj Thomas H, amazing homemade “Cabane à sucre” style food, “Tire sur neige”, a Bec Cola photobooth, and a live performance by a traditional band! View event>
Jazz & Illa at Honey Martin is the perfect place to sit back, relax, enjoy a Sunday evening beer and groove to some smooth jams. View event>
Tokyo Bar Sundays is a classic spot for a Sunday night of fun. View event>
Need more info? Feel like we are missing an event? Contact us at MTL Blog Events with any inquiries you may have.
Winter is almost done Montreal! As I am writing this sentence my face is covered by beautiful North American sun beams which is extremely nice as we just passed one hell of a winter!
This weekend marks the time you can grab a smoke after a couple drinks and not have to put five layers on. Here at MTL Blog we want to make sure you have an amazing weekend. Thus, we compiled 14 things for you to attend in the city the next few days. Crazy stuff indeed.
Thursday, March 5th
Trashback Thursdays with Trash Family is hosting a special spring break event at TRH-Bar this Thursday night! All free, bass music on both floors of the venue! View Event>