Share your life story with us.
A native of Montreal, I’ve always been captivated by many musical styles and the thrilling sonic textures created by a broad spectrum of instruments. I picked up the violin at the age of six, then began to study guitar at 13, and got hooked on the instrument’s endless possibilities. Inspired by legends such as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan and avant-garde songwriters/composers like David Byrne, I use my guitar to create my own sounds and songs. As a teenager, I was also struck by Glenn Gould’s interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and felt driven to learn more about the construction of classical masterpieces and how I could incorporate their aesthetic sensibilities into his own compositions.
After taking up the ukulele, bass, drums, and keyboards in my 20s, I became excited about fresh, refined Brit-pop acts like Joy Division and also began to travel and explore new realms in my creative life. I looked up to jazz artists Brad Mehldau and The Bad Plus and composers/songwriters and producers such as Chilly Gonzales. This exploration gave me the confidence to embrace my own quirks and fine-tune my ability to piece together surprising textures to create cohesive works that tell a story. The death of my father instilled in me a sense of urgency and fully ignited my desire to be a professional musician, pushing me to pursue projects that moved me full force.
Always up for an adventure, I made global travel a central theme my life, and I have frequently visited Europe, the United States and beyond; this-worldliness comes through my music, as does my bottomless appetite for new knowledge. Traveling with a ukulele, I write many of my songs and scores on the road. As a day job I’m a communication manager, teacher with a BSc in psychology and a graduate degree in e-business, I also studied composing and orchestrating for film and television at Berklee College.
List the names of those that have assisted you so far in your music career and use this opportunity to thank them.
While studying composing and orchestrating for film and television at Berklee College. I’ve scored many scenes and composed a multitude of ringtones and other media cues, plus studied and worked with a number of talented artists in Canada and abroad, including Emmy Award-winning composer Brad Hatfield (Glee, The Sopranos) and lauded indie rock mixer/producer Larry Crane (The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Elliot Smith). I’m currently working on a new album with producer Francis Major (Charlotte Cardin, Aliocha), Benjamin Courcy (Charlotte Cardin) and William Bough.
Narrate your experience while recording in the studio or while touring.
A picture is worth a thousand words: get some insight on my Instagram account @desrosiersmusic
Go into detail about your songwriting process.
Never far from my notebook to grab. I literally compose as I breathe. A riff, a chord progression, a catchy phrase or tagline lead to another and before I know I have basically the song sections and structure ready. My songwriting process is more laborious, but I recently adopted C. Pat Pattison (Berklee College of Music) bloc method and think I have improved a lot.
Brief us on what you have on the way for your fans out there.
An EP album is sure on its way. I’m halfway there. The launch is scheduled for this coming May (2018).
Working with wife and visual artist Lucie Hanachian on bringing my music into the visual space (projections synced with a song at shows, projections).
Video clip and new merch should be out pretty soon and shows announced for this summer.
Tell us that point in time that you just feel like giving up on your music career.
Never. Charles Bradley made it in his late 50s. Got a few years ahead [Symbol].
Tell us the best way to get in touch with you on social media.
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Tell us your favorite genre of music.
If I had to pick one: pop.
Tell us the subject matters of most of your songs.
Love, faith, the human condition, the bittersweet passage of time and personal empowerment mostly but I shoot in every directions really.
Tell us all we need to know about this song.
“Saint Andrews” is the mini-journal of a memorable stay in the town of the same name.
My 2015 road trip vacation to the Maritimes had just started when my newborn son got badly sick and we ended up for a whole week at the hospital thus scrapping our vacations and fearing for the worst. Discouraged and exhausted, with only one day left to our vacation, we, at last, had the chance to settle down and relax in a peaceful haven called The Blue Heron; a bed and breakfast owned by Allen & Ross who kindly greeted us at their place and a little piece of paradise located in the charming little town named Saint Andrews.
Tell us your thought on self-training and going to educational institutions to study music.
Victor Wooten summarizes this up for me
Go on at length on what it takes to write a hit song.
I wish I knew the answer, but If I had to guess I’d say it’d be the perfect point of intersection between originality, a powerful hook, sweet arrangement, memorable melody, good lyrics, nice textures, proper timing, luck, well-thought marketing.
List your five favorite songwriters.
Gonzales, Bon Iver, Beirut (Jack Condon), The Tallest Man on Earth, Neil Young, Sting.
List your five favorite music producers.
Nigel Godrich, Chilly Gonzales, Brian Murphy, Brian Eno, Dr. Dre.
Describe your best mood to write a song.
While I’m in a flow state, usually after being hit by a human-nourishing experience or a piece of art or a good read.