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Canadian melodic-techno troubadour Jake Fairley (aka Fairmont) has built up a loyal worldwide following over his decade-long musical career. With releases on Border Community, Areal, Beachcoma, and Traum, Fairmont is currently supporting his most recent album, Automaton, on My Favorite Robot Records.
Monsieur Seb's philosophy about electronic music stems from his 25 years as a DJ and is quite simple: all of its nearly infinite guises are part of a single continuum, despite the sometimes confusing nomenclature of its genres. In other words, you can expect to hear everything during one of his sets!
State your name
Monsieur Seb aka J. Sébastien Chicoine, formerly known as DJSC (switched monikers when I moved back to Mtl in 98)
How did you get into this?
I've been DJing for 25 years and I got into it first because music has been the central part of my life forever. So, when I started going out to clubs (WAY before I was of legal age), it was perfectly normal to me that I was drawn to the DJ booth where I would watch the DJ do his thing all night. So I equipped myself and started practicing and doing re-edits with a tape deck. Eventually, that DJ he asked me to step in for him one night and voilà...
What’s your ideal setup to rock a crowd?
After schlepping record crates around for years (my back still hates me for it) and later whole books of CDs, I now play with M-Audio's Torq Xponent, a MacBook Pro and an iPod as the track database. Other than that, just a good PA and proper monitoring.
What do you usually bring to a picnic?
Food, wine, my girl and my kids.
What’s the first song that made you go crazy?
“Careful with that Axe, Eugene” by Pink Floyd, but not a good crazy. I was about 2 and being babysat by my very young uncles who got high and played that very loud. I was so scared by that scream in the track...
What’s the last song that made you go crazy?
There's one every day, but today's was Jam Hot (Tensnake Remix) by Johnny Dynell
What song will you never drop???
Nothing. Everything has its place, if brought in properly, but there are some I'm totally sick of after playing commercial clubs for many years... First that comes to mind is ABBA's fucking “Dancing Queen.”
Funniest request you’ve ever gotten?
Same as every other DJ, I guess: "Hay! Do you have that track that goes *imitates a 4/4 beat*"...
Most memorable DJ experience?
Quite a few, but the standout is definitely a morning set at a rave in Quebec City, back in 1995. It was on the 10th floor of an empty office tower and while the sun rose, there was a very light snowfall. Riding up the elevator when you got there and hearing the music grow louder and louder was quite an experience in itself! Plus, as far as I remember (and was told afterwards), it was one of my best sets ever.
Biggest fail of your career?
Me, fail? :) I often stop the track that's playing because I'm distracted. And there's that time where I played a really shitty venue and had to play my monitor so loud that it caught on fire. I was almost totally deaf for about 24 hours after that...
I say Piknic, you say...